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Rarity Belle
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Other names Raritybell (formerly)

Rarity

Active since April 2012
Known as Fan fiction author
Role player (retired)
Account(s)

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Rarity Belle (more commonly know as just Rarity) is an active Dutch fan fiction writer who has been publishing stories since April 2012. New stories were originally announced on and linked to her YouTube channel but since August 9th of 2012 everything went through FIMFiction. Rarity Belle began his YouTube channel on the 11th of April 2012 as a joke and for role-playing purposes which mostly have been moved over to Ponysquare. Where nowadays he works just alone yet the first stories were collaborations with another fan. Though according to him, those were just chats reformed into walking stories.[1]

On October the second of 2012 he made the annoucement in a blog on FIMFiction that all his stories would go through a massvie editing and re-write progress. The progress was done on May 20th of 2013 when the rewritten version of 'Celestia Tortures Book I' was made public. Yet even with the progress done, rewrites and re-edits are not that uncommon in his older stories.

Origin of the name

The name of 'Raritybell' or as it now stands on her youtube channel as 'Rarity Belle' has a little story behind it. When people ask or asked him how he has gotten the name, the answer is always the same. He usual tells that if one thinks outside the box and sees the name 'Sweetie Belle' not as one name but as a first and last name. It would create 'Belle' as a last name or surname.

And given how the last name of Rarity is never revealed in the show itself, it created the possibility is there that it indeed could be 'Belle' thus creating the name 'Rarity Belle'. 

Style

Most of his created stories fit dark, gore or sad story tags. For most of his earlier works that was a golden rule and they were either based on something or a sequel to something. CupCakes 2, for instance, is a sequel to Cupcakes; in A NightMare in Ponyville he keeps very close to the Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 remake. The first version of The Art of Magic was in his own words a Rainbow Factory knock-off.[2] Almost all of the stories published after CupCakes 3 have developed to be independend standing stories and been spreading over many different genres.

His ideas for writing a story mostly come from listening to music. A fine example is the original Art of Magic which came to be from the Rainbow Factory music piece made by Glaze. Other ideas have spawned from looking at pictures that eventually would serve as the cover art. Yet some stories even popped up by asking questions such as: "What if, not all the weather, is made in CloudsDale?" and "What if, really heavy storms, are not made in the normal weather factories, but in a completely different one?" Which were the inspiration questions for The Storm Factory[3].

Even though his first stories mostly had Rarity in the spotlight, the further his works went, the more diverse the cast became. Which then lead from the Mane 6 to Queen Chrysalis to self created and original characters. One of his stories is even a memoir of Dr. Atmosphere, a charater used and created in the fiction Rainbow Factory. Though most of the stories do keep featuring Rarity as a main or key character for unknown reasons.

He used to have a tendency to use medial capitals; for example, 'Spitfire' becomes 'SpitFire', and 'Cupcakes', 'CupCakes'. Though this manner of writing has lowered itself the more stories were written. With the release of a story named Blood Curse Boutique, he appeard to have completly defined his style to one particular genre. In his short bio on FIMFiction it states that he writes 'original stories with a unique style that are preferably psychological of earth.'

Stories produced

A list of stories written by Rarity Belle in order of publication:

  • The Discord Chronicles (the first work, collabortarion)
  • The two faces of Love (collaboration)
  • The Ship of Curses (collaboration)
  • CupCakes 2 (first self made story of him)
  • The Curse of Steam (first original self made story, deleted)
  • The Art of Magic: Infamy of the Facility
  • A NightMare in Ponyville
  • Dreams of Cruelty
  • CupCakes 3
  • The Storm Factory
  • Changes of a Unicorn (formerly known as: The Change of a Mare)
  • Daring Do and the Sun Piece
  • Project Hope (collaboration with another fan, released on 04-26-2013 as 'cancelled')[4]
  • The Funeral everypony should go to...
  • Dr. Atmosphere's memoir
  • The hat of a Cowgirl
  • On Nightmares and Moons
  • A wish of two mares
  • A Scratch of Rarity
  • Celestial Tortures Book I: Monster
  • Am I a mare, or a monster?
  • Chocolate icing? Timeline Splicing! (set as cancelled)
  • The Chance of a lifetime (set as cancelled)
  • My Little Luna (set as cancelled)
  • Rare-opus (set as cancelled)
  • A new breed of evil
  • The Art of Magic II: Secrecy of the Facility
  • Femme of the theater
  • They came in peace (nsfw)
  • Looking back
  • Teacher's desires (nsfw)
  • Celestial Tortures Book II: Nightmares
  • Blood Curse Boutique
  • How to break the ice
  • Doctor Whooves: The Angels of Canterlot
  • Marshmallowed Cottoncandy (nsfw)
  • Celestial Tortures Book III: Changes
  • Diamonds are a girl's worst enemy
  • Arachnity
  • The Art of Magic III: Reality of the Facility

Roleplaying

Having created an account with the intention of role playing purposes on YouTube on April 11th of 2012, Rarity Belle was still rather rough in the manner of handling everything. With a timespan of almost 9 months spend on the place, he eventually left it to move over to a much more role play oriented website called Ponysquare. It was unsure of when he truly joined the 1.0 website but had been on the improved 2.0 site from the first hour. Meaning he has been there since October 25th of 2012. 

Ever since he had joined Ponysquare, his activity on YouTube as a roleplayer had become less and less up to the point it wasn't done anymore. All of her roleplay activities have been moved over to the website where he protrays two characters of the series. Those being a rather canon looking Rarity (named Rarity Belle ) but she is a vampony (vampire pony) who just wants to make a living as she always had done. The second one being a much more interesting take on the whole concept of Rarity's nightmare persona, Nightmare Rarity. The second account was created on April 30th of 2013.

If one starts to play against either two of the Rarity's, it will be discovered that the progression made in the game is rather slow. Because every single reply that is given out by him consists out of one, two or even more paragraphs that give an indepth insight on the motions, emotions, thoughts and words spoken. The 'narrative' style of roleplaying is a style practiced by the more advanced players and he is up there for the content she can push out.

Where the more regular and show like Rarity tries to hide that she is a vampony and still working in the Carousel Boutique, adventures that take an interesting turn are not all that uncommon. But the character that truly got defined by him, has to Nightmare Rarity's persona.

For Rarity Belle's, Nightmare Rarity , takes a drasticly different approach on that what the comics had explained about the entity. As a character, she is portrayed as a villain that works on the very elements of fear. Something that came into existence because of the fear that her friends would leave her. In the comic it is said and shown that the spirit of Nightmare Moon had taken the body of Rarity over. Her persona however, didn't do that. Instead it is still the Rarity that was known and loved. There are multiple blogs on the characters page that explain the concept of her magic, the forces and domain , other spells and abilties that have been given to her and something about the 'elite' nightmare forces. As with Belle, Nightmare also takes thing rather slow and that truly puts the essence of the character in a bright spotlight.

On the 11th of May of 2014 it was announced via a blog on the website that he would retire from role-playing for personal reasons. Both accounts can still be visited and looked through, but any activity on them has ceased.

Other works

Next to his role-play on YouTube and Ponysquare, his small amount of reaction video's and her fictions, he also has created two musical numbers: "The Balled of Rarity" and "Rarity's Mind". Take note that both of these songs were created due to his role-play online and are in no way connect to the MLP FiM Rarity. Both songs are sung by himself.

The Balled of Rarity is a song sung in the same manner as Hoist the color from Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End for the most part accompanied with This Day Aria and is mostly about Rarity asking questions about her existence, pointing out how she feels and try to become the mare she once was. The video has only the vocals, no music or anything else.

Rarity's Mind is a re-imagining of Rainbow Factory made by Glaze. The only thing that has chanced are the lyrics to match Rarity Belle's personality given his fictions. The message is of the song is still the same, that for those who look deeper then her pretty face of Rarity, will see a dark and twisted mind and that he writes his fictions to be able to keep being the element of Generosity.

In my heart  is a song made by him after watching a video that made him look back at unexplained things. The song is about a reflection of things gone and forgotten by others, but always stayed within the heart of Rarity Belle.

References

  1. Raritybell comment on the story on FIMFiction (August 2012).
  2. Raritybell comment on a reading of the story (June 2012).
  3. Raritybell comment on her Q&A video (July 2012).
  4. Trailer for the collaberation (June 2012).

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