Littlepip: The main character of the most overrated MLP fanfiction ever.
Sorry, but I have never read Fallout:Equestria, and I have no intention of ever reading it. I DESPISE grimdark pony fanfics, and setting pony in a Fallout-type setting makes it grimdark by default. Now, I don't mind pony stories that are simply "dark," but there's a point where I draw the line. Everything I've heard about the fanfic (plus the fact that, well, it's freaking Fallout) makes me suspect that it's on the other side of that line.
And for the record, I DO intend on reading Past Sins (another fanfic that some people feel is overrated) at some point.
I assume you've already been told multiple times the flaw in saying a story is overrated before you even read it...
If it means anything, I didn't think FoE would be that great of a story, and I put it off for over a year, because I couldn't be bothered to read something THAT long. It was only a little over a month ago I was bored enough to even give the story a chance.
Read the entire thing in 5 days. Absolutely fantastic story.
I'm not a big grimdark fan, but judging this story solely because it's listed as grimdark is missing the point. Cupcakes, Sweet Apple Massacre, Rainbow Factory etc. are grimdark stories for the sake of being grimdark, and out of those 3 I only read Cupcakes shortly after joining the fandom. To judge FoE because of it's grimdark label is unfair to the story itself.
Make no mistake, there's dark subject matter, violence, blood, and more to be found within FoE, but underneath those things (things that come with a post-apocalyptic setting) is a well-woven story of friendship, self-realization, and sacrifice.
Your choice to read it or not, but please don't pass judgement on a story you haven't read.
If it means anything, I went into FoE with no expectations, save for thinking it was just going to basically be a ponified Fallout universe, considering most game/pony crossovers tend to talk too much about the character's interaction with game elements, and not doing much in terms of developing the story.
FoE has its connections to the Fallout game, but it isn't the focus of the story, which (as mentioned earlier) is more focused on the emotions, the relationship between the characters, and putting pieces of past events together to see how everything fell into place. The hardship and brutality of the world doesn't feel forced, and (in a rather frightening way) actually seems like a plausible future, with how the events unfold.
The only things I can see stopping you from enjoying the story are high-expectations, or a general distaste for the 1st person writing style. So whenever you get around to reading it, my best recommendation is to throw all expectations out the window.
Not to mention, but the fact that the author is selling it in book form disgusts me. One, that has got to be breaking some sort of copyright law because he's making money off of TWO intellectual properties that are not his, yet not only is he getting away with it, but people who AREN'T making money off of their MLP fanworks get shut down (Fighting is Magic, anyone?). Two, it makes him a total sellout. Three, from what I hear, the set cost at least 100 dollars, and why the HELL would I pay 100 dollars for a fanfic that I can already read on the internet for free?
They're not selling it for profit. They're selling it for people who want them as books, and are just charging for the creation cost and nothing more.
You should never, ever judge a story by its rating or premise. You could say "humans in equestria" is a crappy overdone idea, and it still wouldn't change the fact there are some brilliant HiE fics out there.
Even worse, you seem to use the fact it's popular as argument to say it's overrated. That's typical hype backlash. Guess what... Titanic is a magnificent movie. The Harry Potter series is awesome. Being popular is no guarantee you'll like it, but it's usually a decent indicator of quality.
You can't say anything about FO:E till you read it, so if you aren't going to read it, don't judge it. You're missing out though. I don't like grimdark either, but I read fallout: equestria (most because I was really bored), and it was the best story I've ever read. Nothing has come close to it.
Past Sins is also quite good. Give it a try.
In fact, here's a list of my favorite fanfic (I read a lot of them)
They are all amazing and I suggest you give them a try.
Something I should point out for you as well: the book of it that are being sold are non-profit, and they are not being made my order of the author. It's just random people who print them. This has also been done for most popular fanfics and I own a few hardcover fanfics of my own :3