Anthropology: Lyra’s Song by isaiahdjkim


Tonight for the Sunday Classics Showcase, I wanted to talk about something that’s fascinated me for a long time: and that’s the power we have as a community to change what is true about the thing that brings us together. Specifically, the way we can take unassuming background characters, the purpose of whom is to fill up space in the scene and make it look more lively, and give them their own stories, their own motivations, their own LIVES. Nearly everybody in the fandom getting behind a common idea, sharing thoughts and opinions, making people take notice! That’s amazing to me.

For example, this pony right here. Hello! At first, she didn’t even have a name. She was just “Sitting Pony #1”, or something equally silly. A little digging into the pony mythology gave us the name “Heartstrings”, but we decided that “Lyra” sounded more natural. And presto, “Lyra Heartstrings” was born. I don’t know who decided that her sitting up straight on a bench somehow connected to humans, but that person should be in the Space Program. This idea then blossomed into one of the greatest early works of fanfiction in our history, which in turn inspired this talented musician to write a song about it. And that’s how this storyboard draft of an animation came to life.

That’s another thing that’s so great about this fandom: We all have the power to draw inspiration and creativity from each other. We just have to be open to looking for it. I hope you all will enjoy this song, this video, and that you can all find that bit of creativity in yourselves. Have a great night, and we’ll see you next week for another edition of PMV Today’s Sunday Classics Showcase!

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