I’ve reviewed quite a few shipfics on this blog. My apologies if they don’t fit your fancy.
However, as noted by Pegasus Rescue Brigade, shipping has a couple of very different meanings!
For today’s review, I’ll be covering this adorable little fic, Shipping and Handling. Another Derpy/Ditzy fic! In this story, she’s pretty much only referred to as Ditzy Doo. The more I read fanfiction, the more I realize how that’s the more… Well, it’s the name that makes her a little more believable as a character with depth. (Oh Last Roundup, how you mess with my headcanon…)
Here’s the premise. Single mom Ditzy Doo struggles to support both her and her daughter, Dinky, at her job with Cloudsdale Mail and Freight. However, her disorganized personality and slight vision impairment have never been of the greatest benefit, especially as a mailmare. One day, she makes the mistake that breaks the camel’s back, and is finally fired. Desperate for another job, she applies to what appears to be a rival shipping company, Equestria Speedy Shipping Services. On her first day, she quickly learns that to some ponies, shipping means something entirely unrelated to packages. [take off glasses, YEAHHH!!! [Speaking of which, CSI Miami was canceled recently. Shame.]]
I adore this story. I wish it was tangible and fluffy so that I could cuddle it and share it with the world. As it is not a stuffed animal, this blog will have to do as far as sharing is concerned.
The real strength of Shipping and Handling is in its character development and dialogue. It’s all very headcanon-material, and immerses you in the fic. Progression and pacing is well though out, and for the most part, the length of each chapter is comparable to an episode of the actual show. A lot of the times I have mixed feelings about that style, but it just feels right for the tone of this fic. It’s whimsical, hilarious, and just oozes heart.
This one, I might go so far to say, is legendary material? Everyone needs to read this.