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14 November 2009 @ 03:42 pm
Yuletide Letter 2009  
Yuletide once more lurks around the corner and it's time to bring out the old "Dear Yuletide Writer"-letter again!


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Quick Glossary (just in case)
OTP = One True Pairing. If one has a OTP in any fandom, one rarely likes pairing the characters involved with anyone but the preferred partner.
UST = Unresolved Sexual Tension. Two (or more) characters are in love/lust and thus act rather awkward/lusty/however they now react, around one another.
H/C = Hurt/Comfort. One characters get hurt (to what degree may wary, it's all from disappointment to torture) and another character comforts them.

Genres
There isn't really a genre I don't like. Be it angst, fluff, AU or strictly canon, I'll read it and love it as long as the plot's interesting and the characters act like themselves.

The only thing I really have to say on this, is that I'd prefer a happy ending rather than a really sad one. As I'll be reading the fic close to X-mas and the New Year I'd like to be happy. So even if death!fic and unrequited love can be beautifully written, it'd likely dampen my holiday spirit.

On the other hand, I relish angst with a happy ending or h/c *evil grin*

Ratings
Smut, especially if any of my favorite characters or OTPs are involved, is always welcomed and looked upon with gratitude and pleasure. However, I do actually prefer plot, even with my smut. If I had to choose, I'd pic a plot-y, UST-filled PG-13 fic over a NC-17 wam-bam-thank you ma'am PWP any day (especially if the UST is resolved, at least a little, at the end of the fic).

In other words, NC-17 is welcome, as long as the fic doesn't feel like it could be any two characters having sex, for absolutely no reason.

Things That Make Me Happy
1. Anticipation, tension and suspense. Be it UST, a manhunt for a dangerous killer or a rush against time to save someone's life – if it keeps me on the edge of my seat, I'm happy.
2. Messing with gender roles, in any way.
3. Culture-clashes, where both cultures are seen as equals, only different.
4. “Realistic” takes of cartoons. People actually bleeding and dying for a change, children having parents and not just popping up out of the ground; those sort of things.
5. Plot-twists I adore, as long as they make sense.
6. Slash, het or femslash – they're all good as long as there's chemistry in the pairing. I do however prefer the main pairing to include at least one of my favorite characters and I am very attached to my OTPs (they are listed by fandom further down). But secondary pairings are of course also possible and welcome.
7. Kidnappings, for any reason. I don't know why, I just like that kind of plots. And it's more for the "rescue" part of the plots such actions tend to involve, especially if it is a more unexpected character saving a more "rescuer"-like character.
8. Vulnerability for otherwise "strong" characters. Through being wounded, kidnapped, drugged, bested (even if the person's just pretending to lose to please someone else) or in any other way you can think of.
9. Role reversals (usual rescuer being rescued, “weaker” character saves the day, otherwise more worldy character is courted/secdues/approached by otherwise more “naive” character, etc.)
10. More fandom specific stuff further down....

Things That Make Me...Less Happy
1. Character-bashing. I seldom hate characters in any of the fandoms I'm in, and if I did, I'd just prefer them to be kept out of the fic, not made even stupider/more annoying than they already are.
2. Out Of Character behavior, i.e. making a canon character a villian, just because the plot needs one = no thank you.
3. Word clichés/Purple prose. “Those hands/eyes/other body parts” is a good example I prefer to have avoided. Any description or other sentence that you've read a thousand times in a thousand other fics/books goes into this category.
4. Descriptions instead of names. It gets confusing. Once or twice in a long text to create diversity is fine, but reading sentences like “the doctor said to his friend that the food was cold and the detective answered...” when one knows perfectly well that the people in question are Holmes and Watson = no thank you.
5. Scat, golden showers and beastiality. Perhaps a rare thing to be offered during Yuletide, or any general challenge for that matter, but I like to cover my bases.
6. High School AUs or anything that has to do with schools in general - unless it's canon of course. I've just read far too many fics with that as a theme. Same goes for sports. No AUs where the main characters are football players/swimmers/dancers, please.
7. Plots centered around amnesia or memory loss, main characters switching bodies, sex changes (I usually like this in original fiction, but as with so many other things, I've seen it too often and thus grown tired of it)

Things Concerning Sex (These things make me smile)
(In other words; ignore this, if there's no sex involved in your fic)
1. “Hot Spots”, i.e. one or both of the characters in a pairing see starts when they, for example, have their ear licked or stomach caressed.
2. Foreplay and teasing (both verbal and otherwise). Doesn't actually have to lead to sex – the teasing is fun it itself.
3. Playful dominance/submission. Nothing too serious and preferably inisiated by the “sub”. Small gestures, such as holding the other's hands still, biting, rough play, verbally dominating someone...
4. Vanilla sex. Although kinky is wonderful, I don't require it to like the smut; as long as the characters are themselves and interact believably, I'll love you for it!

Fandom Specifics

The Addams Family (tv): I love Morticia and Gomez, both as a couple and as characters. I pretty much up for any kind of fic with these two as the center of attention.

Other than those two, what I love about this TV-series (and the movies as well, though the TV-series does it better, I find) is the sense of family the Addams' have and how they see themselves as perfectly "normal". All meetings between them and people who find them to be less than standard are wonderful fun - especially as the Addams are truly nice, kind people.

A Knight's Tale: Chaucer is easily my favorite character in this fandom. That said, I love all characters here. Yes, even Adhemar and his minion! They're all great fun, in their own ways. For pairing I'd love to see Chaucer/Wat. The love/hate going on between those two (especially as the "hate" part seems mostly gone by the end of the movie) is interesting.

And yes, I'm aware that Chaucer had a wife - I've seen the deleted scenes. I'm also aware that Chaucer looked nothing like Paul Bettany in real life and that very few jousting tournaments began with the audience clapping along to "We Will Rock You". So yeah.

One thing that is real life based that I would love to see in a fic, is a reference to (or even a story somehow centered around) Chaucer's spying. And this being "A Knight's Tale" and not an actual accurate retelling of history, feel free to change or exaggerate said spying to make the plot as fun as possible!

Sherlock Holmes: Holmes/Watson is one of my dearest OTPs. If you can't bring yourself to slash them, I adore their friendship just as much as the possibility of a romantic relationship. But please don't get any wife of Watson's too involved in the story. Do what you wish with the fic – place it before marriage took place, after Mary's death or (my personal favorite) decide the marriage was done/invented to conceal the Holmes/Watson loving - as long as I don't have to read 1 000 words of Watson being deeply in love with someone other than Holmes.

As for character interaction, in the slash-y sense, I generally prefer Watson to either be a little on the aggressive side (not angry/violent, just no too repressed about doing sexual things) and very focused on his partner's needs – taking pleasure in the other's pleasure so to speak, whilst Holmes is either inexperienced and “shy”(though no blushing, passive Holmes, please, even if he should happen to be a virgin) or just inexperienced. Later in the relationship I can see Holmes being rather devious and impish when intercourse is concern, able to ignore sex for a long time (during cases for example) and then ready to devote a long time to it, to balance so to speak.
Who makes the first move romantically I'd prefer to be a surprise, if there's to be slash.

Now, that I've ranted on about the slash long enough, I'm going to say a few words about plot. If it's not too much trouble, I'd love to read about a new case of Holmes', rather than a slashier take on one of the canon ones. I love being surprised. If you don't feel like writing a whole case, the end of one is good enough for me.

Other than the original canon, I'm rather in love with the televised version of the stories, where Jeremy Brett plays Holmes, especially the first seasons when David Burke plays Watson – though that was mostly random fact *smile*

The Thundercats: My favorite character is Tygra. Anything, pre-Third Earth, “present” or future placed, with him would make me a very, very happy person. There doesn't have to be a pairing, of any kind in this fic (please just don't pair Tygra and Cheetara; this is because of a personal reason – as a kid me and my friends used to play Thundercats; I'd always be Tygra, one of my best friends was always Cheetara, so now that pairing has become rather incest-like for me. Curse my messed up brain!).

All I ask is that the setting is more “realistic” than the cartoon. Death and angst and not everyone being completely good or completely evil. Otherwise, have fun with it and do whatever you like!

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Okay, hope that helped instead of killed your inspiration! If you want more info about what I do and don't like, I've got a “kink list” HERE (it's not all smut related).

Otherwise I wish you the best of luck and await my gift eagerly. I'm sure the fic will be great, thank you for being awesome!
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