QUOTE(pao @ Oct 15 2011, 06:52 PM)
I suspect that Twi's been through a lot, and she may have been as much driven into study (and away from having friends) through rejection by others as it being a genuine passion. Certainly, having seen her raw magic at work, her early career as a magic user may have been marked by a number of embarrassing incidents.
Naturally, some people would hate her for being a brain, others would fear her for being monstrously powerful and potentially dangerous (the Naruto effect), others would be jealous of her for her familiarity with Celestia, and still others would simply delight in pointing out her every failure just to make themselves feel superior (I wonder if she knew Blueblood. . .).
And then there'd be the insincere sycophants who try to "befriend" her so they can score karma points with Celestia. . .
QUOTE(Scavgraphics @ Oct 15 2011, 06:58 PM)
Well, there's the chance she was ostracized for being the teacher's pet, but that doesn't seem right for there, and how the ponies were trying to be friendly to her in the opening scenes of the first episode.
Like so. Were they trying to be friendly to Twilight Sparkle
, or to the Apprentice of the God-Queen?
QUOTE(RoboViking @ Oct 17 2011, 05:24 PM)
Clarifications, but not necessarily agreeing with your conclusions:
Nightmare Night and it's the Autumnal Equinox- when day and night are equal. The Winter Solstice is the 22nd of December this year IIRC and is the longest night of the year.
Though, really, the Winter Solstice would
be a more logical place for a celebration of the night --Hallowe'en started out as a harvest
festival (combined with a remembrance for the dead). The Equinox was the point by which all the crops needed to be in (because the temperature's dropping). The local Hallowe'en analogue would be somewhere between "Applebuck Season" and "Fall Weather Friends."
To really celebrate Luna as Celestia's counterpart, there really should be a feast on the Winter Solstice to echo the Summer Sun Celebration.
In fact, now that I think of it, having Nightmare Night in fall makes sense, since the Spring Equinox would also
be a feast for Celestia (perhaps seen as the Sun growing more powerful than the Darkness).
So, that gives us four cross-quarters:
The Summer Sun (celebrates Celestia-as-goddess)
Nightmare Night (marks Luna becoming corrupted, and becoming Nightmare Moon)
*unnamed Winter Solstice feast* (solemnly celebrates/remembers Luna-as-goddess)
*unnamed Spring Equinox festival* (celebrates Celestia's victory over Nightmare Moon)
Given how she'd be remembered, I can easily see how Luna would want to do a little revising about what her feast days represent. Could also set up her appearance at the inevitable Christmas/Chanukka/Kwanzaa/Whatever Episode, talking about the "real meaning of the holiday."
QUOTE(mx-01 archon @ Oct 18 2011, 12:17 AM)
I'm surprised that nobody's mentioned the rather blatant "24" shout-out. Pocket only just mentioned the countdown effect with the sun/windmill, but not in context of the reference.
See, I took it more as a Majora's Mask reference.