Dear Yuletide Author --
I've been a good girl and posted lots of stories.
I'm thrilled that you're writing for me, and I'm thrilled to be taking part in another yuletide
The fandoms below are fandoms of my heart. VR.5
has been requested before and is the one I've been fascinated by the longest. The Nick Dear version of Frankenstein
was something I stumbled on last year, and it just grabbed me by the throat. Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (The LXD)
was another stumble. I saw it advertised on Hulu about halfway through its first season and squeed mightily upon viewing. I've continued to hope for a fourth season, but I know it's forlorn at best. Lastly, I loved Amazing Grace
when I saw it in the theater. I recently saw it again and fell in love all over. Different aspects stood out to me this time, too.
I've put any fandom specific limitations in the prompts, but there are some things I just really love or hate.
General nos: Extreme violence. Rape or Dubcon. There are certain acts which just don't turn me on: scat, blood play, golden showers.
All BDSM must be safe, sane, and consensual.
General yeses: Exploration of emotions and the consequences of actions. I'm fine with explicit slash, het, or threesomes (or moresomes). VR.5
: I adored this show. If you don't own it, the episodes can be found on YouTube.
Duncan -- he stayed with Sydney throughout her life. Her mother is in a mental facility, her father and sister are dead -- or not, but Duncan has remained a constant. He knew kabbalah symbols before the practice was as famous as it is now. He's not plugged in to the virtual world, but he deals in the mystic. In "Escape," his prolonged VR.5 interlude was entirely inside his own head, something no one else had done. I'd like to know how he made his choice to stay at Sydney's side. I'd rather keep Duncan and Sydney as a platonic relationship.
There's also the neon sign on the roof of their building. Seymour's with its flashing lights rotating through "Eat More, Sleep More, Play More" -- and in VR, Sydney (and others) certainly "see more" than they otherwise would. Sydney and Duncan often meet late at night under it. What does the Buddhist leaning Duncan make of it?
I also adore Oliver and Sydney's relationship and Oliver with Alex and her many faces. An exploration of the Bloom marriage pre-car accident would be stunning. Or a character study of either of the Bloom parents that includes the missing twin. Any rating. Essentially, I'm easy in this fandom. There's so little exploration of this multi-levelled world. Frankenstein (Nick Dear)
: I saw this last year for the first time and was blown away. Here's my original review from seeing it.
I want more of the Creature's interior life -- the bad as well as the good. His love of Milton is striking, but what other literature did he pick up? His relationship to the world when he's a "baby" is also fascinating.
I loved the Creature's conversation with Elizabeth (and was horrified by its ending, of course). Could he have spoken to her in the dark earlier? Maybe this wasn't their first conversation even though it's the first time she's seen him? (If you include the actual scene ending from the play, this would, of course, be the one exception to my rape/dubcon stricture.)
And Elizabeth's conversation with Victor where she mentions children is another fascinating moment. This is one where the actors had, to my mind, very different reactions. Miller's was just surprised that he'd missed something so simple. Cumberbatch's seemed to want something he'd created by himself. If you can write something that reflects both characterizations, I will love you forever.
Please don't get too graphic with the violence. I don't mind relatively explicit sex, but would prefer that it be het -- or at least not Creature/Victor -- for this fandom. Amazing Grace
(2006 movie): I'd like a Wilberforce/Pitt pairing whether Friendship or Slash, though no adultery, please.
In the immediate aftermath of the card game with the Duke of Clarence, there's a long pause between Wilberforce asking "Do you remember I used to sing?" and Pitt's answer of "I do." What memories fill that pause? What was their friendship like at Cambridge. Pitt never married, was reputed never to have been interested in women, nor was he ever linked to any man. Yet there's so much joy when he talks about being Prime Minister or running with Wilberforce. He obviously cares about his friend, and his friend's cause, to the point of introducing him to the core group of agitators, and yet, he's a pragmatist about what's possible. How much love must he have had for his friend to be the catalyst of that core? And how does Wilberforce view that pragmatism? Wilberforce obviously still cares deeply about his friend, even when they are at odds politically. He reconciles with Pitt by inviting him to his wedding. What does that do to them and their friendship?
Any rating through Explicit for sex. I don't enjoy graphic violence. If you see Pitt as asexual, then friendship fic is a wonderful addition.Legion of Extraordinary Dancers
aka The LXD
: I have no objections to sex and any rating through explicit is fine in this fandom. My only real squick is having evil win the war.
Sp3cimen and Autumn's relationship when he's in the hospital in season 1 is gorgeous. Then in Season 3, he comes to her only to find that she's now a minion of the Dark Doctor and ends up turned himself. Since there hasn't been a season 4, how do they become good guys again? Any exploration of their relationship pre-season 3 would also be wonderful, whether direct or indirect (do they keep just barely missing each other?). Feel free to bring in the other dancers as you wish. We were limited to four characters, but I really do love all the dancers (even if I'm not fond of the Dark Doctor characters). This doesn't have to have a happy ending for them (though, I love
happy endings), but if there's a "good guys win through sacrifice" ending, I can accept a bittersweet or sad ending for them.
I love Elliot Hoo (Harry Shum, Jr. is brilliant), and the Season 3 episode where his shoes need to be repaired is delightful. He also seems to have real chemistry with Vivienne (the head of the clothing department). There's so much going on, that I'd love to see expanded. I could also see it as a simple (or complicated) love story in time of war. Sp3cimen ends up being their entrée to the costuming area, so exploring his ability to persuade women (which he may be oblivious to) is also fun. The ascended fanboys and the assistants are hilarious, so feel free to throw them in if you like.
I have to say, I love the good side in this war. I'd rather not have too much exploration of the Dark Doctor side of things, unless you're getting Sp3cimen and Autumn out of his clutches. Obviously, a battle or confrontation needs both sides, so I'm not saying "DON'T!" just expressing a preference.
Dear, dear author -- thank you so much for writing for me. I can't wait to read it.