• 50+ Fanfictions to Read for Twilight Day! 2019 Edition

    We've got another giant set of Twilight Sparkle fanfics from one of our fanfiction scouts Whisper Key.  This set is completely different from last year, so if your favorite isn't here, it's probably over there.

    Now go get your read on with some Twilight below!

    Slice of Life

    Intellectual Property by AugieDog

    To Elaine Torkleson, an attorney working in West Los Angeles, the name "My Little Pony" conjures up nothing but vague memories of these half-hour toy commercials she heard about while in college during the 1980s.

    But when a scientist from Pasadena's Jet Propulsion Laboratory comes into her office one afternoon in the summer of 2019 with a device that he claims can utilize the properties of quantum tunneling to let people enter cartoons, Elaine finds herself forced to reassess pretty much everything she ever thought she knew.

    The Stolen Book by Monochromatic

    A filly Twilight Sparkle forgot to bring a book to read on the train, and now faces a horribly boring afternoon...

    Or, she does until she notices another filly reading. Surely she can sneak a peek, right?

    Fall Back by Baal Bunny

    Waking up one autumn morning, Twilight finds that Discord has put together a giant festival with carnival rides, food, and games just outside Ponyville to celebrate the end of Daylight Saving Time.

    Something tells her it's going to be a very long day...

    The Tab by Antiquarian

    Years have passed since the Crystal War ended. Twilight Sparkle visits an old haunt to spend some time catching up with her friends. Then comes the question of who picks up the tab.

    The Thief and the Princess by Muramasa

    In the dead of night, a thief breaks into the royal palace in Canterlot to steal Celestia's crown. She successfully sneaks through the palace and enters the room where this prize possession is kept, with not a soul the wiser.

    Well, save for a certain Princess.

    Extra Sprinkles by Minds Eye

    Mama never said there would be days like this.

    Donut Joe, on his first day running his father's shop by himself, gets hit with a hurricane of tempers and accusations.

    A well-connected hurricane of tempers and accusations.

    Still, customers are customers, and they deserve the best service he can give.

    The Road Goes On Forever by AugieDog

    Twilight's life has changed a bit over the years. She used to worry about it, but more often these days, she finds herself celebrating it.

    Inquiry by Rao the Red Sun

    The newly crowned Princess Twilight has some questions concerning her new status. She begins a personal expedition to gather information from the best possible sources.

    The Princess of Pool by billymorph

    There are few things that Twilight Sparkle is sure about but she knows for certain that Princess Celestia does not, and never will, play pool.

    Forever and Again and Again by Titanium Dragon

    When Twilight visits Celestia's private hall of stained-glass windows, each bearing the image of a long-gone friend, one in particular catches her eye.

    Who was this pony?

    Why was she so important to Celestia?

    And why does she look so familiar?


    The Narrative Cascade by Novel-Idea

    Twilight and Sunset race against the clock to save Canterlot from a foe of unimaginable power… a romantic narrative.

    Twilight Sparkle Makes a Coltfriend... Literally by Georg

    For the longest time, Twilight Sparkle had problems with dating. Although she was the Princess of Friendship, the stallions she had attempted to progress beyond friendship with always seemed to shy away, sometimes at a rapid gallop. Well, this time she has the problem solved. If she can't find a stallion who will be romantic with her, she is going to make a stallion who wants to be romantic with her.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    What Society Expects from a Princess by cursedchords

    After what happened the first time around, the planning committees for the Grand Galloping Gala were understandably reluctant to invite Twilight & Co. back once more. Two years down the road, however, it has become impossible to continue following this doctrine, as refusing an invitation to a sitting Princess is something that simply is not done.

    But there are many things which will be different this year. And either Twilight Sparkle will need to come to terms with what society expects from a Princess, or else society will need to come to terms with the sort of Princess that Twilight Sparkle will be.

    Of course, that's not to say that this night won't be one to remember anyway. At the very least, the Treasury will once again be left with a memorable bill.

    [Set in the interim between Seasons 3 and 4]

    A League Too Far by TheBandBron

    As a princess, Twilight Sparkle is only allowed one weekend off per year. All she wants to do is enjoy her meticulously-planned free time without being interrupted.

    Unfortunately for her, the forces of evil--and the bureaucracy tasked with stopping them--have other ideas.

    Tactics of Snowbound Unicorns by Novel-Idea

    Twilight’s got her nose stuck in a book. Sunset wants to go see the rest of their friends.

    Things snowball from there.

    Twilight Sparkle Lays an Egg by Georg

    Princess Twilight Sparkle discovers a fact about alicorn reproduction she never expected.

    So do the other princesses.

    The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Date Twilight Sparkle by Codex Ex Equus

    Princess Celestia has been in love with Twilight Sparkle for years. The rescue of her sister had been the start, but since then Twilight has saved Celestia, Luna, and their kingdom countless times. However, Celestia's true feelings have remained hidden, even from herself.

    That is, until the day her love is revealed to her through a dream. But Celestia is determined to keep her feelings to herself. She has no idea how Twilight will react, and would prefer things remain they way they are, with the two Princesses as friends.

    Unfortunately, Luna immediately finds out. A small group of ponies is quickly gathered, all with one goal: to force Celestia to confess her feelings and end her thousand-year relationship drought.

    This causes so much chaos that Discord goes on vacation and will not be appearing in this story.

    Whatever Happened to Starswirl the Bearded? by chillbook1

    Twilight knows a lot about the great unicorn mage, Starswirl the Bearded. In fact, she only really had one question about him.

    What happened to him?

    Tears and Tootsie Rolls by Dubs Rewatcher

    Ever since she was a filly, Nightmare Night has been Sunset Shimmer's favorite holiday. After all, who doesn't love dressing up and getting free candy?

    When Twilight reveals that she's never gone trick-or-treating, Sunset decides that she needs to prove once and for all how absolutely amazing the holiday can be—even if it means she has to drag Twilight along kicking and screaming.

    Second Birthday by xjuggernaughtx

    Spike reveals the secret of Second Birthday to the girls. Twilight is not amused.

    The Floor is Lava by Caliaponia

    Fresh cookies are a great start to a summer afternoon, and an unexpected surprise makes things even better. What's a little filly to do, though, when the best foalsitter ever is running late, her BBBFF starts acting funny, and her house is filled with molten rock?

    One Heck of a Case by iisaw

    Twilight settles an unusual court case, while lacking a reasonable amount of caffeine in her system.

    A Sparkle-ling Perfection by Cast-Iron Caryatid

    Changeling Twilight Sparkle and her number-one assistant, Sunset Shimmer, try to study magic without learning any wholesome lessons of friendship. They fail.


    A Thousand Words of Noise by Monochromatic

    Twilight didn’t know what to say. How easy it sounded, to just not think about things that hurt, but thoughts were all she had.

    Thoughts were the only thing that were hers, for better or worse.

    Don't Look at the Fog by SpitFlame

    Twilight wakes up one day to very strange circumstances. Everypony is gone. It's always night time. An oppressive, heavy sheet of fog dominates every corner of Ponyville.

    And an insufferable headache won't leave her alone. But that's the least of her worries.

    Retrograde by President Dead

    The Presence, an extra-terrestrial, insists that all ponykind must be taught a morbid poem. Twilight is determined to find out why.

    The Velocity of Blood by the dobermans

    Twilight makes a new scientific discovery that could change the course of history. With Spike at her side, she embarks on a quest to test her hypothesis, and do what no pony has ever done before.

    Lost by OleGrayMane

    Golden Oaks library: a place of knowledge—and friendship. So it's only natural that Twilight shares her passion for learning with Fluttershy by showing her a relic of the past. But her science lesson takes a cryptic turn, and Twilight witnesses an unknown aspect of a friend as Fluttershy's empathy draws her across the divide of time, connecting her with somepony she could have never known.

    Familiar by GaPJaxie

    Metal ponies tell their stories,

    Scientists in laboratories,

    Lay the wire, mount the brain,

    Mount their hips, teach them pain.

    Teach them fear of revolution,

    Internalize the evolution.

    Set their ruin on the throne,

    Until their chains become their own.

    Palaces and hollow eyes,

    To the Masters goes the prize.

    And if this act should be maligned:

    "For the good of ponykind."

    Control Freak by Pascoite

    The nightmares started… Twilight can’t remember just when. But they’ve gotten worse and worse, and why won’t Luna help? Now they’ve even stopped bothering her! That scares her more than any nightmare ever did, but that strange voice in her head helps. It makes sense of the dreams, explains to her how the magic can do anything.

    If Luna did start all this… she’ll soon regret it.

    Around the World in 81 Days (And Other Problems Caused by Leap Years) by GaPJaxie

    When Twilight and Celestia have an argument about the existence of leap years, there’s only one possible way to settle their differences: a race around the world!

    With the full benefit of hindsight, there may have been other ways.

    Twilight Tries Not to Think by Flutterpriest

    Lists are a simple way to keep yourself productive. If the list is detailed enough, you don't have to even think. The movements become mechanical. Automatic. Which might just be exactly what she needs right now.

    Friendship lost... by nioniosbbbb

    Friendship is magic, but it doesn't always win the day.

    Twilight Sparkle knows this...

    Queen Chrysalis knows this as well.

    The Price of a Smile by Trick Question

    Princess Twiliht Sparkle has been losing her mind. She lives plagued by nightmares and hallucinations.

    Discovering she's not alone, Twilight realizes Equestria may be in great danger. She seeks counsel with Princess Luna to discover the truth about her nightmares. However, Luna warns Twilight the knowledge she seeks will come at great personal cost.

    Twilight Sparkle would give up anything to save Equestria, but how much will she sacrifice just to learn the truth?

    To Whom It May Concern by Pascoite

    Twilight Sparkle has asked Rarity over to the castle to help with... something. She wouldn't say what. And Rainbow Dash is sure going out of her way to make sure Rarity gets there. Finally time to deal with this, it seems.

    Three out of Ten by TheBandBrony

    Every day, Pinie Pie cooks dinner for her marefriend, Twilight Sparkle.

    Every day, it gets a little worse.

    Dr. Rainbow Dash, MD, PhD, etc. by FrontSevens

    Rainbow Dash has an unusual way of learning, and Twilight’s determined to take advantage of it. Before she knows it, Rainbow’s worst fears become reality and her life unravels before her eyes as she becomes the smartest pony alive.


    You Can Lead Your Bacon Horse to Water... by shortskirtsandexplosions

    "Take my hand, Twilight," Sunset Shimmer once said, "Let me show you there's another way."

    It's been three weeks since Twilight Sparkle joined her new friends at Canterlot High, and she really really really wants to hold hands with Sunset Shimmer again.

    The Sphinx's Riddle by Monochromatic

    Rarity had always known she would have an arranged marriage—such was the life of a princess, after all. She just hadn't expected her wife to be a sphinx or that she would actively avoid her, and not just because she loves books.

    Closing The Loop by Undome Tinwe

    Twilight and Rarity argue about historical fiction. Clover and Platinum are disappointed with their new gods.

    Sharing the Night by Cast-Iron Caryatid

    Twilight becomes alicorn of the stars. This is sort of a problem, because Luna kind of already was alicorn of the stars. Oops!

    K'awka Supay by Zaid ValRoa

    "Oh, no, no, no. That’s not why I’m here, Twilight. But I’m kind of in trouble, and you’re the only one who can help me."

    Just as Twilight was about to reply, Pinkie Pie spoke once more. "Like, trouble trouble.”

    Ageless, or Celestia Plays Dice With the Universe by Cynewulf

    Being an alicorn is wonderful... except when it isn't. There are plenty of things that put a damper on limitless vistas of possibility afforded by such a long life: Court, mortal needs and expectations, the occasional decade of ennui.

    And the dreams, of course. Agelessness comes with its own special kind of dreaming. Celestia finds that her own "Inner Court" is a bit too literal, and it--and she--are troubled at the prospect of a near-immortal Twilight Sparkle.

    If only she could articulate exactly why that was.

    Long Road to Friendship by The Albinocorn

    After putting on the Element of Magic, Sunset Shimmer was shown just how much of a monster she really is. But that wasn't all the Elements did to her.

    Sunset has now been forced to serve penance by answering any question truthfully and by doing anything asked of her, whether she wants to or not.

    And she really doesn't want to.

    Until all of the hatred in her heart is gone, Sunset is at the whim of her peers, unbeknownst to them of course. Can her new "friends" help her down the road to redemption?

    If not, there's always that other Twilight Sparkle she keeps running into.


    The Color of the Stars by Cold in Gardez

    Starlight Glimmer never thought much about the map table in Twilight Sparkle's throne room, except to consider taking it apart to learn its secrets. It didn't have much use for her. But all that changes when the table selects her and Twilight Sparkle for a mission in Las Pegasus. Now they're in pursuit of a crazed villain and a magic spell that threatens to undo their entire timeline.

    Starlight Glimmer knows a thing or two about timelines. But the dreams she's been having? They're the deepest mystery yet.

    The Third Wheel by GaPJaxie

    Twilight and Shining Armor have a little sister named Light Step. Everypony tells Light Step how lucky she is to be related to such great heroes.

    Light Step wishes she could smother them both.

    I Don't Need Magic by Undome Tinwe

    Professor Twilight Sparkle has spent her adult life trying to forget the follies of her youth, and the fiery sorceress whose betrayal shattered her heart.

    Sunset Shimmer has built an empire of steel and science in memory of the otherworldly power she once wielded, and of the soft-spoken scientist she once called "friend."

    Now, fifteen years after the disaster which tore their bonds asunder, a new threat will force these two former friends to reunite in order to save both worlds. And as the past collides with the present, Sunset and Twilight will learn that even in a world without magic, friendship and love still have the power to do the impossible.

    Broken Symmetry by Trick Question

    Somepony is sabotaging Moondancer's research project.

    Twilight Sparkle suspects Starlight Glimmer may be responsible. She enlists the Canterlot Royal Guard to protect Moondancer, and offers to help with her research.

    Soon, however, the two ponies discover an unexpected side effect of Moondancer's research: one with dangerous consequences for all of Equestria—and possibly even their friendship.

    Weaving Words by Pascoite

    In a moment of anger, Twilight says something rash, which is precisely the wrong thing to do with Discord. And now she can't speak, just as one of her most treasured friendships burgeons into something more.

    She can figure this out.

    May Those Who Step Through This Door Know What it Means to Rule by Titanium Dragon

    Long ago, the founders of Equestria built a magical portal on sacred ground, hiding their greatest secret on the other side. Generations of leaders stepped through the portal so that they might emerge as the equal of their forebears.

    Celestia and Luna were the last to enter. For a thousand years, the portal lay forgotten, its purpose lost.

    Luna thinks it is time that Twilight learn what it means to rule.

    When the Moth Loved the Flame by PresentPerfect

    Wings. A title. Responsibilities. A relationship with Luna.

    Twilight Sparkle has gotten used to a lot of things since becoming a princess. But there is still more out there for her to learn. Most especially in regards to her marefriend.

    Bouts of Forgetful Artistic Destruction by HoofBitingActionOverload

    In a nearly empty library, a librarian tears pages out of books and tosses them out an open window.

    Twilight studies in the same library, alone.

    They exchange words and a dance.

    The Poetry of Politics by Pascoite

    Mayor Mare had a life before politics, but she sacrificed it for the greater good. She can't have it both ways, of course… except that Twilight says the exact opposite.

    Why Don't You Tell Them? by Titanium Dragon

    In the days after her ascension, every newspaper in Equestria is talking about how Princess Celestia transformed Twilight Sparkle into an alicorn princess.

    There's just one problem – Twilight knows that's not what happened.

    Why does Celestia let them believe something that isn't true? After all, it isn't like knowing could hurt anypony, right?


    The Fairy Tale Fiasco by LaWombat

    No important political meetings to attend? Check! No letters to answer? Check! A magical and child-safe gift for Flurry Heart that she's sure to love? Check!

    Her schedule was clear. Shining and Cadence were off on vacation. She'd prepared all her materials. Twilight Sparkle was more than ready to spend a fun-filled weekend babysitting her favorite niece.

    But she wasn't prepared for King Sombra's return. Nopony could prepare to be trapped with him inside a storybook of fairy tales.

    And nopony's ever ready for an unhappy ending...

    Beyond Achlys by Snuffy

    Three million years ago, at the very beginning of the starfaring era, the daughter of a powerful noble house headed out into the galaxy, ready to uncover the mysteries of the Milky Way. However, Helena never expected her greatest discovery would be hidden away inside a foreboding nebula.

    Twilight Sparkle's love of astronomy was well known, but she never imagined a day would come when she aimed her telescope to the heavens and found nothing but a dark, empty void.

    Nine Days Down by JoeShogun

    Sometimes it's fun to play the damsel in distress. Princess Celestia knows this better than most. Usually it works out fine. Really, she could have escaped at any time, but Twilight and her friends have been so effective in the past that this time, Celestia may have let things get out of hoof. It was all fun and games until she got unceremoniously tossed into Tartarus. Even then, it wouldn't have been so bad; she's a goddess, after all. But alas, Tartarus is not Equestria, and Celestia is not all she could be when trapped there. Even worse, it appears that she didn't get thrown into The Pit alone.

    Now, a mostly-mortal Celestia and her faithful student must traverse the wilds of Tartarus, the fabled prison of all the things that were deemed too monstrous, too disturbing, too outright dangerous for world they know. Surely an exit will present itself...

    Forever Twilight by BlazzingInferno

    Belvedere awoke to a misery he couldn’t explain, as if he’d experienced a great and terrible loss while he slept. His only clue, his only hope for regaining control over his life, is a curious image in his mind, an image he needs to draw.

    Twilight awoke in a different world, a world where a dim sun never sets, where magic is scarce, where monsters haunt every shadow. Her only aid, her only friend, is a stallion named Belvedere who’s just as lost as she is.

    The Stink Bug by Some1Else

    When an unexpected visitor mysteriously appears outside of Ponyville while Twilight Sparkle is about to experience the joys of shelving new books, it quickly becomes evident she must return the wary traveler to where it came from before the town is rendered uninhabitable.

    The Spark to Light a Candle by SPark

    A half-remembered dream leads Twilight Sparkle to test a new "window" spell by looking at an alternate Equestria. What she sees there will lead her and her friend Princess Luna into adventures they had never imagined possible. A season one fic.

    And a Sky Full of Stars by Novel-Idea

    In a world where the stars shine through both day and night, a savage attack upon the Phoenix Tower of Canterlot Castle leaves the city in chaos, a princess abducted and the stars fading from the sky.

    Now, Princess Sunset Shimmer dons the legendary Solstice Raiment and the Flareblades of the Sunmother in a desperate quest to save the glittering heavens and the love of her life.

    Because if the stars die... her world will soon follow.

    Shadow of the Castle by Raugos

    Twilight and Spike return to the Castle of the Two Sisters, only to find that their previous foray into its depths may not be what they remember.