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Ponyville Confidential: The History and Culture of My Little Pony, 1981-2016

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Beloved by young girls around the world, Hasbro's My Little Pony franchise has been mired in controversy since its debut in the early 1980s. Critics dismissed the cartoons as toy advertisements, and derided their embrace of femininity. The 2010 debut of the openly feminist My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic renewed the backlash, as its broad appeal challenged entrenched n ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 13th 2017 by McFarland and Company, Inc.
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Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell

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I am a true 90s kid, and let me tell you, that as a girl who loved girly things, it was a great time to be alive. I watched Sailor Moon, Sky Dancers , Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders , Care Bears, and of course, My Little Pony Tales. I was particularly obsessed with MLP and as a little girl, I probably had about 50 of the pony dolls, including some from the apparently much-loathed G2 release (am I the only one who actually liked
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☘Tara Sheehan☘
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sherilyn Connelly did a remarkable and admirable job piecing together history of the My Little Pony phenomena. This is definitely more for adults because it’s like a textbook on the characters and their story that stretches from their birth in the 80s through current time.

There is a TON of information here that adds a real depth to what Hasbro and others were trying to create for kids. I was a huge fan when I was a kid and now my daughters are so to learn about the origins through their evoluti
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Samuel Proulx
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mlp, culture
This book says many of the things I've ranted about myself over the last couple years, but says them more eloquently and with more research than I would or could. I'll admit one part probably does slog a bit towards the end, but reading someone else extensively rewrite opinions I already agree with really doesn't bother me much. Though if you're not generally interested in the subject matter, I can understand how your eyes would glaze. However, if you're at all interested in the unfair media cov ...more
Wyldrabbit
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is quite clearly the expert view on the sensation that swept the world. Not just for children, it has become of convention, just as Star Wars and Star Trek has their following. What can you say but, I just do not get it. But after reading this, I do catch on quite a bit more. I also know there are many , many 18 year old both boys and girls who still love My Little Pony, including my neighbor's kid. The message they see is both inspirational and good.
Luly Ceballos
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This one is an amazing book. An excellent work! I specially recommend it to anyone who HASN'T watched any MLP episode or any of the movies. Seriously. What a study! Bravo!
Kirsten Rodning
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Bronies
While the author clearly knows how to do research and cite her sources, I was extremely disappointed by the G4 bias that dripped off of every page of this book. The author could not keep her opinions to herself and made it very clear even throughout the sections on early ponies (such as G1) that her entire focus was on spreading the gospel of the fourth generation. The author apparently did not attempt to contact Bonny Zacherle, the original inventor of MLP, for an interview to hear the origin s ...more
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