The text begins with a brief author's note. There are a couple of things worth going over here.
>This fanfic is obviously inspired by the awesome movie "Groundhog Day" – one of my personal favorites. You'll find that much of the fic mirrors the movie.
>The idea of a 'GHD fic' is one I've seen used in other fanfictions, perhaps most famously in certain Naruto fanfics. I point those out, because while fascinating (at least to start) I always found that they tended to become tangential, and to deviate too strongly from the core element of Groundhog Day, which was the existential wonder and emotional growth of the main character. We don't love Groundhog Day because Phil Conners (the inimitable Bill Murray) because of what he learns to do or what 'powers' he has, but because of the person he becomes, and how it hints that we, too, can be more than we are.
Obviously, it's too early to say whether this is a good story or not, but this makes me hopeful. It shows a good instinct on the author's part: instead of simply saying that he wants to do Groundhog Day with ponies, he delves into the concept of Groundhog Day and tries to get to the heart of what made it a great movie in his view. He uses this as his jumping-off point for how to go about creating a pony adaptation.
Fanfiction authors have a tendency to select premises based on crazy what-if scenarios, or because they want to explore some headcanon they have about how some aspect of their chosen universe works. With something like Groundhog Day, it's easy to see how an author might get derailed fairly early on: the focus would end up being on the wacky action, rather than focusing on the character's development.
Before starting any writing project, the question you want to ask yourself is why. Why am I writing this? Why did I choose this character as my protagonist over all the other characters I could have chosen? Is this character really the best protagonist for the kind of story I want to do? And so forth.
Again, this guy seems to have done a pretty good job here. Creating a parody/adaptation of a story is a bit like recording a cover version of a song (or a song parody for that matter). You have to ask yourself: why exactly do I want to record this? If you're just covering a song because you like the song, and you intend to simply copy what the original performer did, there's not much reason to make a record of it. The only reason anyone familiar with the song would choose to listen to your version over the original would be if your version adds something to it; you're giving the listener the same song they already like, but are adding a new dimension or perspective to it that it didn't have before.
Likewise, if your story is an overt parody of something else or uses another story as a jumping off point, you have to consider not only what the original story was about and what it was trying to say, you have to consider what your story is going to say that adds on to that, or how you can use that story as a unique vehicle to communicate something new. In the case of a parody, which is what this appears to be so far, you have to consider how well the characters in your chosen universe fit the personalities in the story you're parodying.
For comparison, we can go back to FoE for just a moment. Kkat's entire premise was basically "I want to do Fallout 3, but with ponies." In other words, he just wanted to take two things he likes and smush them together, with little thought put into how well the themes of one story would transfer into another. This guy has a similar idea: "GHD, but with ponies." However, his approach is different: he has zeroed in on what he thought made GHD a good movie, and attempts to translate that idea into the universe of MLP.
GHD is essentially a story about a selfish, egotistical man who gets trapped in a time loop. In being forced to relive the same day over and over, he is no longer capable of pursuing any of the external goals that previously defined his life; thus, he has no choice but to learn about the people around him, and in so doing learns to genuinely love and appreciate them. With this in mind, we can begin to see why this author chose Prince Blueblood, a minor background character who only ever appears in one episode to my recollection, to star in his fanfic, as opposed to Big Mac or Shining Armor or one of the other more-prevalent male characters from the show.
>Having noted this, I knew when I began writing that I had to keep the story focused, yet the setting required a great many changes, alterations and rethinkings. Compromises and cuts had to be made. I wanted things to have a set beginning and end and not to drag on unnecessarily, telling the story and maintaining the homage that this is to the original movie.
This also shows good instinct on the author's part. While he seems to want to create as faithful an adaptation of the GHD film as he can, his priority is telling the story he wants to tell, rather than making sure that every single thing from his source material is worked into his adaptation. He also seems conscious about keeping the story to a manageable size, rather than just blathering on endlessly as if a massively high word count were some kind of badge of honor (which I appreciate).
Without yet having read a single word of the actual story, I find that I like the way this author thinks so far. I've been burned several times before, however, so I guess we'll see.
There is also a brief second author's note:
>I am updating this fic after a fine bout of editing courtesy of RB Dash. I think the fic should now be as polished as it can be. Thanks again for the hard work!
That the author considered it worth his time to have his story edited, and then went back and made corrections based on the notes he received, also gives me hope.
Anyway, without further ado, let's get started.