I gotten busy in the last weeks but I wanted add a thing here.
>Honestly, I think Faust is a bit overrated.Not that she's bad in any way, just not the shining example a lot of people make her out to be. I mean, I've read some of the stuff on Them's Fightin' Herds, and it's not bad, but...
She is, but at least is not an her fault if the fandom idolatrize her (and for me she is quite clever use the fame for his endings).
Lauren Faust has a good creativity, but average writing skills. While she finds good characters, situations, and undestand what things could be really interesting to see, she lacks of deep.
Lauren focus only to show the situation, but doesn't create a thick context for it and the roots (the causes) that explain why these things exists. Is a sign of two things: she does not grasp well the writing basics, and she lacks of creativity on the plan of "worldbuilding" (the collection of main events, characters stories and origins, and usually all "reference points" that you need to keep in tracks the various stuff you will add later).
If you have even heard some of her interviews, or the streaming of Them's Fightin Herds, you can hear that she replies too much time "I haven't figure out yet" on too much stuff, and also on criticals points. Them's Fightin' Herds backstories shows very well her limits, expecially the Oleander one. Cartoon and Short Stories could be a different medium with different paces, but the basic concepts of storytelling are universal.
I like her work, and I could appreciate what she usually tries to do, but she is not my favourite author. Despite that, I have a big interest on Them's Fightin' Herds. Somebody could says that is "FiM without Hasbro Ponies": I not contrast but neither approve this affermation, becouse while the style is clearly very close to the children show like FiM, setting and characters are very much different (the background stories demostrate that very well).
But this is the point. Usually a "children setting show" is underrated that nothing of serious or heavy can be done with it, when is just a language that must be mastered as any other. Is not the presence of Lauren or the origins from FiM that are really interesting, but if they will be really capable to use what the style can really offer.
I think the preference of Lauren to keep the Ponies more "animalized" in behavior does not come for some specific interest into the genre, or for some creative use about them; simply she does not see them as deep or complex creatures, or more simply, she does not see them much more than "fun stuff". Them's Fightin' Herds for example show this much better than FiM: it has a "dark" vein in it, but seems put to give a much better fun or adventurous feeling than having some "serious" moral.
>Maybe it's a genre thing.
No, is not, is just Lauren to being limited; but also, for me, she does not studies the inner working of the genre as a dedicate writer usually do. You can write a sci-fi story with many tropes and do a good story too, but does not mean that you really "understand" the founding roots of the genre.
>(I think it was her, when they were announcing some castle toyline... and Twilicorn on the side).
Hmm yes, I get the source: http://family-room.ew.com/2013/01/29/my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic-exclusive-twilight-princess/
Usually I'm not disturbed by stereotypes, not when they have a reason to exist in a story and can employed for a large range of human emotion or iteraction, than only the dispregiative one. I'm more disturbed when I see that these words went disregarded under a bad development and management. I'm not sure if the Twilight' story after the S3 has a reason to exist, when she, as character, has no longer a true function of being a "student".