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The world of fanfiction is a fickle one. It's a place where blossoming authors can go to hone their skills and learn the ropes of writing. For others, it's a place they can share their own personal tales that their favorite characters embark on between episodes and seasons. It's also a place where many ships sail in the name of one-true pairings. Many of these stories are posted to websites like Fanfiction.net and ArchiveOfOurOwn (AO3).
Then there's FiMFiction.net. Operated and designed by a British man who goes by the screen name “knighty”, this website is dedicated strictly to fanfiction related to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It's a sleekly made site with a user-friendly layout. It also has story approvers, which means the quality of the approved stories is better if your standards are lower than the shows target demographic. I should know: I was a member of the website for two and a half years and they let me post on there without issue. As such, I don't think anything better exemplifies that point than one of the websites most popular subgenres: Anon-A-Miss.
A holiday comic widely regarded as one of the worst stories ever produced with the Pony brand-name on it, Anon-A-Miss has become an absurdly popular storyline on FiMFiction. Most of these stories deal with the fallout from the original story, wherein Sunset Shimmer is forgiven by her friends after being shunned and hated by three younger characters who hot little more than a stern talking to in spite of ruining another human's life. Good job, Hasbro.
Anyways, today's Riff-Review is of one of these Anon-A-Miss stories. It's one of the highest rated stories of this kind and simply known as Almost Too Late. It has a 476 upvotes to a mere 17 downvotes; a staggering 24,000+ views backing it all up. And yet, it exemplifies the standards of FiMFiction without stepping foot into the NSFW side of it.