In case any of you were unaware, It's a Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door is really freaking long. So I'm taking a break from reading to tell you that the review is postponed until Friday. In the meantime, here are a few random tidbits to keep you all entertained:
-Over the weekend, I discovered that my sister, who watches MLP but isn't really involved in the fandom, ships FlutterMac. I don't know how I feel about this.
-After watching MMMystery on the Friendship Express, I've come to the conclusion that the griffons have their own kingdom, and it is France. I can't prove it, but I think there's enough evidence to give the theory credence. Observe: we know that there's a country called France in Equestria, because Fluttershy says "French haute couture, please," in Art of the Dress. Since haute couture is characterized by incredible detail, it would make sense for France to be primarily occupied by creatures who either were capable of using magic, or who had hands/claws with opposable thumbs. We know the french language exists in Equestria (though admittedly, we don't know that it's called french, but it seems a reasonable supposition), thanks to Applebloom in The Cutie Pox. And Gustav speaks with an obvious french accent, of course--not to mention that his specialty is eclairs, a French pastry. Throw in Gilda acting, in retrospect, like a stereotypical Parisian teen, and the realization that Fleur-de-lis's cutie mark could represent her talent as an ambassador to the griffons, and it seems to me that there's sufficient evidence to at least consider the possibility that France is the griffon homeland.
-I have an unshakable premonition that Trixie's going to show up in the season two finale next weekend. I don't know how I feel about that, either. But it's probably not going to come to pass anyway, so I guess it's mostly irrelevant.
-There's probably something else I should put here, but instead I'm going to get back to reading. Free time is precious and all that.