Part 2 because I forgot to answer why it’s so loved >_>
To me, at least, it’s because it feels… natural. Their friendship is really easy to see.
No other two ponies are so close, especially physically. Applejack has Dash draped all over her, and is saying nothing at all.
They’re very similar, attitude wise. To me, it feels like they’re really, really good friends. Rivals, best friends, companions. And the push to become more than friends to something romantic, is tiny.
Much smaller than any other pairing on the show, as those seem to get convoluted reasons or stuff happening to ship them. AppleDash? It could happen naturally, and very easily.
Plus, orange and blue is very visually pleasing. So there! :D
You’re right, rat, that does describe most ships. Clichés are what make a lot of the stories - Pinkie and Dash are about Pranks, Fluttershy and Dash are about helping Fluttershy get out of her shell, Rarity and Applejack are about how they are such opposites yet (supposedly :P) have common ground, etc etc.
For AppleDash, the fics you describe are old fics - stuff that was active during late season 1 to early season 2. Those are indeed established tropes, and people didn’t deviate much. But the AppleDash Group on fimfiction has a ton of other fics that aren’t about that - one of the driving goals of the group, and a contest I held in it a few months back, is to have fics that DO NOT follow those old clichés.
Four fics come to mind that break the trend:
Pick Me Up At Seven
Treating Her Right
A Dash of Apple
It’s unfortunately true that the cliches you mention do exist - but you’re also not making any effort to look deeper. There are tons of fics that break the mold. I just gave you four, and the group has hundreds of fics. You just gotta look :D
Rat here: WHY ARE YOU SO FAST. You’re like the superhero of Appledash, just waiting for the Zap Apple Symbol in the sky. Thank you. Enjoy, Anon.
why is appledash so loved? its so cliched and predictable every fanfic i see of them is always the same thing. something bad happens and they discover their love for each other. or one of them has a crush another but they are afraid of how the other pony will react. or one bad thing happens after another causing them to confess their feelings for each other or there is a bunch of clopfics and fanart of them and other cliches that i see in appledash fanworks its always clop between them too
I think you just described every ship ever.
And I’m not sure why you’re asking me, since I have established on multiple occasions that I am no huge diehard shipper.
Tcherno, feel free to submit your thoughts so I can post them for little Anon here. I’m sure you have a good answer to this question. :p
Is the blog appledash dead or something?, you wrote that you would work on it, but that's 3 months ago... I really enjoyed reading that blog so im just asking you as a fan. Also i feel bad about you getting in the emergency room and all, get well soon.
Thank you! And ask again in 8 weeks when my hand is usable again. (Also scrolling down here, I answered this question two weeks ago or so.) Sorry, typing is a huge pain. Literally.
Some said they’d appreciate a SFW version, so enjoy!
Don't you think you should shut down your "Ask Appledash" blog since y'know you don't like that pairing anymore?
I know you’re probably just trying to troll, but I never said that I don’t like Appledash anymore. It’s still one of my absolute favorite ships. And I even still draw it regularly, so I really don’t know where you got that idea.
And why should I even delete the blog, even if I would not like the ship anymore? Just out of spite, so other people can’t see my old work anymore? Yeah, no. That’s not how I am.
You know, if you want me to continue the blog so badly, this passive aggressiveness is the last that would motivate me to do so.
As I have said in the past and it’s still valid; the blog is not dead. I plan on continuing it in the future. But I’m not motivated to do so at the moment, which has nothing to do with my like or dislike of a ship. And forcing myself to draw some half-assed updates just because some people feel entitled to new content is just not going to happen, because that would be incredibly unfair to people who genuinely love the blog and to myself.
And after all, Ask-Appledash is a hobby of mine that I do for fun.
It will come back. Preferably before bronycon, but there’s a ton going on in my life right now that just has higher priority and that is more fun to do. And no self-entitlement or passive aggressiveness in the world will change that.
Sorry for the rant, but that’s not the first message of this kind that I got. You just happened to be the first one to send one while I’m a little grumpy.
Good friend Tchernobyl needed a new avatar and asked me to draw him one. Now, a couple of months later, I finally came around to do it. Enjoy!
And sorry it took me so long, Tcherno.
Commission for ~tailsic
It was so much fun to work on this, I think Rarijackdash is my new OTP.