Rarity and The Curious Case of Charity
Author: G.M. Berrow
Reviewed by MexterO
This review is written primarily for the older fans of MLP:FIM.
I'm a college guy in engineering who loves the show very dearly, I've written extensive reviews of the the other MLP:FIM books on Amazon.com written by G.M. Berrow.
If you have any questions bronies or pegasisters don't hesistate to comment. :)
I will put my comments in [my comments] to differentiate it from the my review.
[Rarity Fanboy Rant: Optional Read! XD]
Besides Twilight Sparkle, Rarity is by far my most favorite character in the whole cast, it was tough choice but she made it to second place, fabulously!
So this review maybe a little biased, but as a Rarity-fanboy she deserves all the praise and adoration! Why?
Simple! She is the one that caught me by surprise the most[probably all of us XD] as a character who I thought should have been the most cliched out of the whole group turned out to be the well done female cartoon characters I ever seen in a kids show!
I love her so much that I wouldn't be ashamed in saying I want this fictional character to do well in her fictional life. I'll cry of happiness if we ever get to see Rarity's future. XD
We all know Rarity as the fashionista of the mane 6, she's the pony to call when you have a fashion emergency, a shoulder to cry on, or a heart to heart talk with. :)
Rarity is a whole LOTTA pony, and she is the very definition of a lady!
[Rarity Fanboy Rant: Over]
Straight to the point:
Rarity, our undeniable marshmallow pony girl, is waiting to see if she got accepted to House of Outrageous and Opulent Fashion (H.O.O.F).
She joined the program to become a mentor to an up and incoming fashion designer of the fashion world. [Somepony needs to teach the upstarts to do fashion right! XD]
After a few pages of drama with SweetieBelle, Rarity gets her letter through the mail from a certain gray mailpony who's a little clumsy [derpihooves. :D] which says she got accepted!
She invites all her friends [our pony girls] to come with her to the train station and meet her new student.
They would meet Charity Sweetmint, Rarity's student who would soon become eerily too close to being the same as Rarity.
Becoming so like her in fact that Spike in front of the train station would stop dead in his track at her uncanny beauty remblance to Rarity [Rarity jealous because of Spike's attention on another pony, I need this as an episode now! XD].
So it turns out that aside from wanting to try to be a mentor, Rarity actually also really needed extra help around her boutique but her ego and pride hindered her from asking.
Rarity ends up using Charity for chores around the boutique instead of actually teaching her the ropes of becoming a fashion designer.
Charity takes all that Rarity says to heart and easily deems that "becoming her mentor" would be the only way to make it as a big shot in fashion.
Rarity fixes this by showing Charity her strengths by being Charity mane [wig, Rarity would never dye her mane all natural beauty! XD] and all! and that while she was a bit flattered [seriously an understatement] she should copy her to be a good fashion designer.
Rarity and Charity work on a design line for the H.O.O.F competition and finally Rarity learned that it is not too easy to be a mentor after all.
Rarity though makes it clear in the end that Spike is hers! [Oh Rarity! ;)]
The whole scene:
"Hey!" Charity turned to Spike and whispered, "Rarity thinks I have potential, Spike-Wikey!"
"Ahem." Rarity cleared her throat.
Charity stopped. "Yes?"
"Let's get one thing straight. That's my Spikey-Wikey. Capiche?"
// I think for this book. I'll leave the brief summary out. Get the book, it's worth the 5 bucks and then some. I don't think a brief summary will do Rarity justice it needs to be read front to back! XD //
Brohoof /) GM Berrow. I enjoyed this book so much! :D If you love Rarity's dialogue and antics from the show this book won't disappoint.
Rarity is by far one of the most well defined characters in the show but just for kicks lets just say how well defined. :) She as Twilight is dedicated to her work as a fashion designer, she as Applejack is as hardworking, she as Rainbow Dash is as quick in making dresses, she as Pinkie Pie could make you smile, and finally she could be as cute as button like Fluttershy.
Well, alright she does have her flaws. I would say her three main flaws are as follows:
1) She is too fashion centric [comes with the territory] but she often puts fashion over everything.
2) She can be too self-centered a times.
3) She like AJ pushes herself too much.
In this story, we see Rarity get humbled by the fact that she finally realizes that one it ain't easy to be mentor and two she shouldn't be too proud to ask for help when she needs help around the boutique.
It's a rather refreshing revelation for her and one I hope she takes to heart, but knowing Rare she'll be too caught up in her fabulosity. Oh Rarity. :3