I apologize for this OP being so long. I'm trying to provide a solid foundation for whoever's interested in making this into proper fanfiction.
Is there any writer out there who's interested in doing a Crossover between MLP and the book "The Museum of Lost Wonder"?
This children's philosophy book by author, Jeff Hoke:
description on the Amazon page for the book:
"The Museum of Lost Wonder is a book with a mission, simply stated: To illuminate life's mysteries. The execution is nearly indescribable. Think McSweeney's production values and design pyrotechnics. Think traditional esoteric symbols in a childhood garden of wonder. Think graphic novel and an adult version of the coolest activity book ever made. And you'll be somewhere in the neighborhood. Jeff Hoke has created a history of the human imagination with visual cues and clues and wonderment about and around everything you ever thought and everything you wish you'd been crafty enough to think. He has built a museum accessible to all, in book format, arranged with 7 halls (representing the seven stages of alchemical process) in which the questions of the universe unfold. All one needs to enter is some basic understanding of the human experience. Open The Museum of Lost Wonder, and step into an alternative world full of beautiful drawings, interesting historical tidbits, thoughtful challenges to common myths, and projects and pursuits to complete at home. Pages pull out with cutouts for building models. Hoke's museum is graphic novel meets quantum physics meets mythical journey meets spirit. Hoke begins with The Calcinatio Hall where the featured exhibit is The Beginning of Everything and leads us into halls like The Sublimatio Hall, with the exhibit How To Have Visions. In The Separatio Hall the exhibit Where Are You Going challenges us in our own journey. Through each hall we are led into an exhibit that questions our own understanding of life and urges us into new ways of thinking. As in wandering the great, immense halls of an ancient museum with endless corridors and fascinating exhibits, the reader is instantly pulled into this enormously imaginative pursuit. Each page is full of depth and questions. And each hall features a special fold-out interactive page."
I have a copy of this book and I'll tell you this, it's an amazing book. It and Mr. Hoke needs more attention.
it's a tour of a fictional museum in book format. A museum where you, the reader/visitor would explore the Museum and discover a forgotten perspective of viewing the world that once brought wonder and curiosity to many but was lost to the annals of history. The Museum's seven exhibit halls are named after the steps of the alchemical process. The museum itself, the lobby and the seven exhibit halls each have one of the nine muses from Greek mythology representing them.
a quick rundown of the museum and exhibit halls: No.1, “Museum Exterior ”
: “A ray of hope in a dreary world.” The exterior and setting of the Museum of Lost Wonder.
This scene shows the state of a visitor before they have entered the Museum of Lost Wonder.
The front door No.2, “Circulatio”
: The entrance, exit, and circulation hall in the Museum of Lost Wonder.
The Circulatio room prepares the visitor for a journey through the Museum’s halls and exhibits. No.3, “Calcinatio.”
: The Hall of Technology in the Museum of Lost Wonder and home to all our hopes, fears, and preoccupations with what civilization has brought us.
This exhibit hall illustrates the alchemical process of Calcinatio, in which substance is reduced by fire into a refined white ash No.4, “Solutio.”
: The Exhibit of Aquaria in the Museum of Lost Wonder, this hall is a realm of living wonder, a hypnotic world of water where one's worries and cares are washed away.
This exhibit hall illustrates the alchemical process of Solutio, in which unrefined particles are dissolved in a suspended fluid medium. No.5, “Coagulatio.”
: The Zoological Garden of Eden in the Museum of Lost Wonder, an earthly habitat where we share our existence with all living things.
This exhibit hall illustrates the alchemical process of Coagulatio, in which substance in an amorphous state is coagulated to gain solidity No.6, “Sublimatio.”
: The Kingdom of Astronomy and All Things Extraterrestrial in the Museum of Lost Wonder, this is the domain of air where one is elevated above daily cares to see the world in a different perspective.
This exhibit hall illustrates the alchemical process of Sublimatio, in which substance is sublimated or distilled into an ennobled, sublime, or elevated condition. No.7, “Mortificatio.”
: The Mausoleum to the Past in the Museum of Lost Wonder, this hall is a zone of reflection on all things dead where we contemplate that in the future, we all become history.
This exhibit hall illustrates the alchemical process of Mortificatio, in which expended matter is putrefied or composted to provide fertilization for future life. No.8, “Separatio.”
: The Laboratory to Science and Faith in the Museum of Lost Wonder, this is a refinery where apparent contradictions are distilled and clarified into an enlightened state.
This exhibit hall illustrates the alchemical process of Separatio, in which a confused mass is separated into distinct and purified parts. No.9, “Conjuctio.”
: The Gallery to the Arts in the Museum of Lost Wonder, a temple where ideas and forms are married into a refined state of unification.
This exhibit hall illustrates the alchemical process of Conjuntio, in which elements are joined together or merged to create a divine fusion.
Near the end of the book, there's this comic about a boy stumbling upon and exploring the Museum. I have been able to scan it. I'm going to post the imgur gallery link here
because I'm not willing to fill this post with an addditional 28 pages worth of comic. It should already provide a basis and framework for how the story would go. Basically a Pony or Foal who, while going through the same dreary routine of daily life, unexpectedly encountering the museum and exploring it. Curiosity being the motivation and vehicle for their journey through the museum. As with the comic, this pony/foal's curiosity leads them to disobey warning signs and unknowingly getting into mishaps along the journey.
The prologue should be based on this video
. An origin story as to how the Museum came into existence in Equestria. Clearly not a pony-made structure as it descended from the heavens and landed in Equestria thousands of years in the past.
I have some ideas for giving it some lore that's based on information and merchandise from the book itself as well as the book's website
- The Museum is run by what can be described as a secret society who have the intentions of safeguarding and preserving the lost knowledge within the Museum. Hierarchical structure based on the membership tiers
on the site.
- The Nine Muses would be depicted as alicorns and they would be represent a different part of the Museum while one of them, Thalia. represents the museum as a whole. Would be implied that they inhabit the museum and are still alive in the events of the story as Thalia is encountered by the visitor after breaking an artifact in the Museum's Archives.
- Father Rosenkreutz (Ponified as a Unicorn stallion) was the very first curator of the Museum. His Tomb
was uncovered by the famed adventurer, Daring Do. The discovery of his tomb confirmed the existence of the Museum, though attempts to find the actual structure itself failed as it seemingly vanished without a trace. Despite being dead for more than 1000 years, his body is an example of the phenomena of incorruptible corpses (Dead bodies that never decomposed). He didn't found the museum himself, the Museum chose him.
- The museum vanished in a similar manner to the Crystal Empire, though the reasons for it's vanishing was because at the time, this philosophy and worldview that the Museum was encouraging and promoting created controversy among the ponies at the time as it seemingly questioned the already established worldviews that they were taught. This eventually led to offense and outrage and the museum had to vanish to protect it from the wrath of those offended ponies who wished to snuff out it's "Heresy". It truly became a lost wonder itself and It now only reveals itself to only the most curious of ponies. The story's protagonist happening to be one of those individuals.
- Nobody knows who made the museum vanish. Various tales and myths boiled things down to two possible culprits: The society of the Curators or the Alicorn Princesses.
Some of the written text found throughout the museum isn't even in equestrian/english and requires a special cipher that only the higher members of the museum have and use. So tough luck for regular visitors and novices/initiates. Cipher based on one seen here on the bottom right:
On the Equestria Girls side. The Museum wasn't built by Humans like with Canterlot Hugh. It was "founded" in 1997 after it literally materialized out of thin air over an empty lot as it came into existence in the Human world i the same manner it's equestrian counterpart came into existence in the pony world.. If you are interested in doing a crossover in that universe, still use the comic as a basis. That comic but it's a field trip that takes on a bizarre turn of events. In the Human world the Museum looks exactly like how it's depicted in the cover art of the book.
This crossover story should also have a name too. though I'd recommend it being simply named as "Lost Wonders".
so anyone here up for the task?