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Luna's Studies - Twilight by Nimaru Luna's Studies - Twilight by Nimaru

[Report on Rainbow Dash]

[Report on Fluttershy]

[Report on Applejack]

[Report on Rarity]

[Report on Pinkie Pie]

[Report on Twilight Sparkle]

[Final Report]

This one was one of the hardest to write. I wrote page after page after page, revision after revision trying to get a LOT of information into a very small space. You see, I feel that Twilight is something special in a great many ways (even more than Pinkie ;) ). And I struggled for a while trying to figure out what I would call her "true" element as I had for the others and I considered just calling it "magic" and being done with it.

However, after thinking about it, I realized that if there is such a thing as magic in this world or theirs, love is the only possible answer. Using this as a base, I described everything Twilight is from the perspective that she is practically bursting with love and just looking for ponies to share it with.
Let's be honest, most of us can see ourselves in these ponies and, for me, the one I identify most with is Twilight. Smart, talented, modest (ok maybe not that one, but I'm realistic!), socially awkward and unable to easily form friendships, but earnest to learn, help and teach. Twilight, though a work of fiction, is like a kindred spirit to me, kind of like the little sister I never had. I laugh at her frustrations, I cheer for her accomplishments, and I hurt when she sad, scared, or upset (Lesson Zero was really awesome, but hard for me too).

I guess to me, Twilight represents to me how amazing love is. How is it that us bronies can feel such strong devotion and affection to the world that Lauren and Hasbro created for us and all the ponies within it? Why is it that I know the deep sadness Celestia must feel knowing that the ponies she loves will someday be gone? The answer is love. Maybe it's love for a fantasy; an idea, but what's wrong with that? I'm in love with the idea that there really could be a world where love is the rule and kindness the norm. After all, friendship is magic, but love is even greater.

EDIT: Holy shit! My man card just self ignited and burned to ashes. Ah well... who needs it anyway?

EDIT 2: Yes, I know I'm biased, but I tried to tone it down to keep it fair. Some of this is naturally going to be focused on Twilight, but she IS the main character with a special destiny so, meh.
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marinus18 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
why did you pick love as the true face of the element of magic rather than friendship?
it's not that I'm saying you should revise it. I just want to know why you didn't choose friendship because since the show is called 'Friendship Is Magic' it would have been the obvious choice. I mean it must have crossed your mind.
I have read the previous comments but I can't fully figure it out from them.
Nimaru Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would have been the obvious choice, but I think that love is deeper, more powerful, and more versitle an element than just "friendship". Besides, love is an element that can be applied to all ponykind; friendship not so much.
marinus18 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
the bonds of love is indeed far deeper and more powerful than friendship but just because of that it seems less versatile than the simple bonds of friendship. 
why can't friendship be applied to other ponies? I don't understand.
Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suppose the simplest way to explain is that it seemed right to me.
marinus18 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
okay. It's your call.
(I want to contest it but I said to you I wouldn't. :( (Sad) )
angelic20 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wait... love?
Nimaru Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup. Love.
KatanaKaze Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
..Okay re-reading this... it's like you had already guessed that Twilight would transform! o.0
Nimaru Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most of the fandom had that theory so I can't claim it. I'm just glad to see that it happened.
Maximilian-McMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013   General Artist
First of all, I'm impressed at the thought put into these and I especially appreciate your description of their personalities. Even though reading them pretty much all at once was a little difficult. They were a good read, so it wasn't really hard. :P I could mention the two or three things I didn't totally agree with, but that would just be nit-picky. Regardless, I'm impressed. It's a bit refreshing to see someone put so much thought into the advantages and, more importantly, the difficulties of different personality types. It's important to realize that people have different things they struggle with that aren't their fault but are still their responsibility to work out. ...and you did in a way that didn't come across to me as cynical, which I really appreciate.

At first I didn't get why you chose the word 'love' to describe Twilight's element but after reading it and the description, it makes more sense. In fact, it reminds me of certain descriptions of God. That God's love is inseparable from His power and that they are essentially one in the same. So maybe you're on to something there.

It also reminds me of something I thought up more on my own: Real, loyal, devoted friendship, the kind of friendship that never gives up and always forgives, is the purest form of love, save for only a love of a parent maybe. I say that because you don't need to love your friends, there's no commitment like there is for family. If they say crap you can leave and never come back. You choose to love your friends, unlike with physical attraction which is hardly in one's control. Maybe one can try to influence the kind of person you like a little, maybe.  It's more like you just pick a group of people to hang out with and hope for the best. Who you choose as a friend is completely up to you and shows the merits of your character.

While friendship may not be the most powerful form of love, in a way it's the most sincere, or at least can be. The fact that it's not required gives it more merit or meaning in a way. I guess I'm really talking about each love at it's best.... Like if you die for your child, that's expected. If you die for some one you're in love with, that's dramatic and makes a nice story but isn't surprising. Yet if you die for a friend, it in a way means more because your love has less power. It's not as easy and is less obligatory. It's in a way more of a sacrifice.

Now friendship may not be the most important or meaningful form of love and the loyal friend is probably going to be more loyal in the other forms of love. I suppose that's where the different forms of love come together. I guess it's really the commitment and sacrifice that really matters, not so much who the recipient is. I guess I'm talking about true love, which can take any form, really. I guess it's not friendship, so much as that the less you're emotionally invested in a person, the less obligatory it is, the more one's sacrifice and loyalty mean something. Heh, I don't know. It's all connected anyway.

Ehhh.... That was longer than I'd planned.... Sorry for the hugeness of it. You really got me thinking. I guess that means you're doing it right. ^_^'
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