Story: Love Stands With Pride

Art by: TheWinterBunny

[Rating K9][Romance][Drama][Hurt/Comfort]

A powerful, moving story in which Nick and Judy attempt to overcome a new kind of adversity that crops up in Zootopia following the unexpected results of a controversial election: the potential ban of interspecies marriages. Cloperella provides an excellent and realistic depiction of the turbulent political and social atmosphere in the city, complete with protests, riots, and a new, bigoted mayor taking office. Not only that, but the romance between the duo is amazing, with several heartwarming moments that beautifully exhibit the tremendous love these two have for one another. Gripping, dramatic, and at times astonishing, this fic shows just how much our fox and rabbit are willing to sacrifice and how much disdain they’re ready to face from the rest of the city, all to secure justice for mammals who are just like them. – DrummerMax64

Author: Cloperella

Description :
In the wake of an election with a surprising outcome, a new mayor takes office for the city of Zootopia. Among his many campaign promises against predators and international connections, the biggest threat to Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps as well as other mammals is his resolve to keep the right of marriage from couples of differing species. Judy knows the risks of making a stand for one’s beliefs, but she’s not going to hide anymore. In the remaining months before the marriage act is passed, Nick and Judy will make the most important decisions of their lives, and inspire the citizens of Zootopia to stand strong in the face of bigotry and intolerance.

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  1. I like the premise for this story, but I really wish that a certain stand in (we all know which one) wasn't so blatant. Sure he's mostly in the background, but it makes it hard to get properly immersed. What I liked about Bellwether was she had shades of multiple different politicians and as such, who she was a stand in for was up to interpretation to a degree. There's none of that with "Trunk"

  2. The blatant use of real life politician turned me away from this fic. Comes off as the author trying to scold people.

  3. Yeah, I think this fiction could have used a bit more subtlety. It's blatantly obvious who each politician is satirising here. That being said, it does have potential and I'd be interested to see how this plays out.

  4. Looks like I'm in the same boat with those above; the comparisons to real-life people was an immediate turn-off, especially considering the heated conditions of the past election and very different opinion I hold compared to the author, clearly (granted, I had a dislike for both major candidates, but…).
    The story could have had a lot of potential, could have taken a stand quite easily without what I think is rather bluntly an ostracization of a large contingent of US voters; there are issues that could be dished out in fiction with a great deal of tact and be enjoyable to read about, but that subtlety is entirely lost here.

  5. I have not yet read this piece, but may have to give it a try seeing as I've liked some of this author's previous work. I get a feeling the political tones won't bother me as much due to my own political opinions.

    That said, what I really wanted to comment about was the art used alongside this piece. (This one has always been one of my all time favorites in the fandom.) I do need to ask… I'm assuming TheWinterBunny gave permission to use this artwork? I know she usually is very particular regarding who can share/use her work. I ask not because I'm being confrontational, but rather to make sure no drama comes about from toes accidentally being stepped on.

    • Oh don't misunderstand me, I don't like the individual who the elephant is blatantly based on. But that doesn't mean I don't want some semblance of subtlety, like the film itself had.

      I'm reading more of the fic and when he isn't explicitly mentioned it's a mostly enjoyable read so far.

    • This is Cloperella, the author of the story. Yes I did ask WinterBunny for permission to use the picture, as well as the person who originally commissioned it from her. They were both fine with me using it, and I'm very grateful for that, as this is one of my favorite WildeHopps pictures that's been created since the movie's release

    • Awesome! I assumed as such, but I also don't know how the art is chosen for ZNN's posts as I've simply photo-shopped my own covers together. As a fan of your work, TheWinterBunny's work, and ZNN's work, I would've been quite sad if any misunderstandings had occurred between any of you! My apologies for even bringing that non-issue up! You all keep on being awesome, and have a lovely day!

    • @TheWaywardKid if you don't have a specific piece of cover art for a story, we'll try to find something that fits your story. Though we do prefer it if you have your own, or have something in mind at the very least.

  6. You know, this sucks. Not the story. I haven't finished the story, and likely never will… which is what sucks.

    I'm a diehard WildeHopps shipper. Like, I got it bad. I LOVE stories of them forging a relationship, and I really love stories about them having to overcome prejudice. Those kinds of stories weave a tale with a bit of subtlety, getting across the message without beating you over the head with it.

    This story has no subtlety. Like, at all. By shoehorning in a real life politician, you've taken what could have been a nice story about prejudice and oppression into a political attack piece with a message so blatant it's kinda funny. Now, whether that was your intent or not, I don't know, but that's what it looks like to me. You named "Trunk" so on-the-nose and blatantly described Trump in the first half of the first chapter, which is where I stopped reading because if I want to read about how much of a douchecanoe Trump is, I'll go read the newspaper. You could have just used a made up name and used some of Trump's quotes… but, wait a minute…

    That's my next big question: Why Trump? I mean yeah, he's president, and yeah, he's an ass, but I don't think he's ever said anything bad about gay marriage. I do remember him telling one of the big news organizations that he wasn't going to touch the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell or the Defense of Marriage Act. In fact, I'm pretty sure he's the only president who was in favor of gay marriage both before and after he took office. Not even Obama can say that. I mean, yeah, there's the transgender in the military thing, which is stupid, especially to a former soldier. But there are SO many senators, congresspersons, governors and mayors that are vehemently against it. Why not use them?

    You see my point? You've inadvertently—or maybe purposely—added so much baggage to the story that I just can't enjoy it. Because I have friends and family who voted for Trump, even one gay friend who did, not because they're bigots, racists, or homophobes, but political reasons. And you called out his voters as such, which made me quit. And I'm not saying you're a bad writer, be cause you're not. I love your MLP work, if you are the same Cloperella I'm thinking of. But THIS story? It sucks, because I really WANT to like it, as it has WildeHopps which is like honey to a fly for me, especially the scenario of overcoming prejudice. But the baggage, dude…

    So… yeah, that's my long-winded opinion. Feel free to ignore, because hey, I'm just some asshole on the internet. If people dig it, then good job. I just think you dropped the ball.

    • I can definitely see where you're coming from. As a resident of the UK, I'm a watcher on the sidelines so Trump's election matters less to me than it does to somebody in the US. That fact aside, I would say you've summarised what I'm thinking, and I stuck with it until the end, so I can say that it was very much uneccessary to include the Trump and Clinton "characters" practically verbatim. I agree with you that the stereotyping of characters who voted one over the other is not fair People vote for all sorts of reasons – as a matter of fact, there is a video by a YouTube channel called Johnathan Pie that expalins things quite nicely. Looking through it again, some of it does indeed seem a big middle finger at ANYBODY who voted a certain way in the election, in a "it's my way or the highway" sort of way. In all honesty, I'm genuinely surprised that it hasn't garnered a bit more controversy in light of its blatantcy.

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