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Friendship Is Magic is a utopian show, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it depicts a perfect world. Allow me to split hairs a moment: Utopias are a literary genre that depict better (at least in the author’s opinion) societies than our own. A good pop-culture example is Star Trek‘s Federation, which has no poverty, little crime, and no bigotry. (Except all the gay people are mysteriously missing, and there’s at least one episode of TOS that depicts there still being a glass ceiling for women, and…) Likewise, Equestria has no war, little crime, no institutionalized bigotry, and no poverty–it’s a pretty darn perfect place to live, monster attacks notwithstanding. Depicting a utopia, however, is not quite the same thing as being utopian. A utopian work doesn’t even necessarily depict a utopia; what it does is assume that utopia is achievable, and suggests ways to get there. Star Trek: The Next Generation depicts a utopia, but is not utopian–there is no real indication of how to get there from here. Star Trek, the original series, however, is utopian–it gives rather strong hints of what 1960s American is getting wrong. And Friendship Is Magic is most definitely utopian. Most obviously, that’s what the letters to Celestia are all about, but putting that aside there’s still the depiction of a society where fear does not dominate, where interpersonal connections are valued over material success, where people actually belong to communities and take time to try to contribute instead of only thinking about what they can get out of it. It is, if you give it the chance, ferociously critical of our society, and quite consistent in depicting what it sees as the way to somewhere better.
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