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13 October 2013 @ 05:07 pm
Yuletide Letter 2013  
And we're off again, awesome amazing Yulegoat!

Here comes my very optional letter of more specific requests for my, eh, requests. You are of course free to ignore all of this (aside from the fandoms and character, duh) but I hope my wishes will inspire you!

If you're taking the advanced route, I have a mile long list of gen and smut-related likes (as well as a few squicks) all the way over here. Bewarned, there there be dragons!

That aside, here's are a quick overview of things that make me happy in a fic! Before that, I also have a short list of dislikes, so you don't have to worry about hitting one of those by not knowing of them. As a whole, some of these dislikes/likes are smut-related; since I have no clue what rating the fic will be, I decided to include them.


Quick list of my personal dislikes or squicks:
- AUs set in high school. Meaning that I'm completely fine with school related things if they are canon.
- Bestiality. By this I mean animals, not sentient alien creatures. Xenophilia I'm down with.
- 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.
- Stereotypes, especially when smut is involved. By this I mean things like the seme/uke dynamic in yaoi and the fact that in most “vanilla” het-scenes (that I've come across, anyways) the woman - no matter her personality, age, experience or non-smut-related dynamic with the man - 99% of the time turns into a delicate flower who goes weak-kneed as soon as the guy breathes on her, while the man always starts calling the shots and barely seems to be affected by the situation, besides grunting a bit and eventually ejaculating. The reason I love Parasol Protectorate is that it's a very sex positive story for female characters especially (huzzah for showing women enjoy sex!) and that the stereotypes that are included aren't the only attributes the characters possess.
In short: someone “taking the lead” during sex, when there's been no discussion that both people are in on this and when the scene isn't meant to be BDSM or rough sex, really squicks me. It's dubcon bordering on noncon, without the author seeming to be aware of it, and that just rubs me the wrong way.
- Vore and pedophilia (meaning someone younger than 15 is involved) that's written in a happy, fluffy romantic way. They're generally not my thing at all, but implied and/or written in a dark sense that does something to move the plot along, I don't mind them.
- Plots that involve amnesia, characters suddenly age regressing into children and characters switching bodies. They've appeared so much in fanfiction that they've become quite cliche to me.
- Watersports and scat.

Now, with that downer out of the way, on to the fun stuff!

Genres
This Yuletide, like the ones before, I wish for happy endings. I'm usually an omnivore when it comes to moods in fiction, but around the holidays I prefer being annoyingly cheerful (with the exception of American McGee's Alice, since annoyingly cheerful would be very OOC for that series). But as long as the story leaves me feeling warm and fuzzy inside or hyped up and ready to take on the world once it's over, what happens at the beginning and in the middle I'm less picky about. Angst, horror, suspense, humor, it's all wonderful!

Ratings
Anything goes! I have no trouble reading anything from the kid safest of fics to the most explicit of sex and violence. Go with whatever suits you and the story best.

Things that make me smile (not smut related)
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. Plot-twists I adore.
5. Slash, het and 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 the pairings I enjoy (they are listed by fandom further down). But secondary pairings are of course also possible and welcome. And I like gen too, should you not feel like including pairings!
6. 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 that I enjoy, especially if it is a more unexpected character saving a more "rescuer"-like character.
7. 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.
8. Role reversals (usual rescuer being rescued, “weaker” character saves the day, otherwise more worldy character is courted/seduces/approached by otherwise more “naive” character, etc.)

Other things that make me smile (bring on the smut!...well, if you want to that is)
1. “Hot Spots”, i.e. one or both of the characters in a pairing see stars 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 in itself.
3. Playful dominance/submission + bondage. Preferably initiated by the “sub”. Small gestures, such as holding the other's hands still, biting, rough play, verbally dominating someone... And in pairings involving both men and women, I do like a bit of femdom, if that works with the personality of the woman in question.
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!
5. People having fun, especially if it's First Time Sex we're talking and if it works with the characters' personalities. Just a relaxed, laughing-with-you-not-at-you, friendly mood to go with a very fun activity!

Fandom specifics!

American McGee's Alice
(Characters: Cheshire Cat)

I love everything about this version of the Cheshire Cat; loyal yet cautious and focused on his own survival, cunning and unlikely to do anything overly foolish or "brave".

I've played both the original game and the sequel, and am interested in seeing what happens to the Cheshire Cat and the rest of Wonderland after the second game. How has it all changed? Does the Cheshire Cat have a new place or is his world even more chaotic than ususal? What is his relationship with Alice like? If you ship the two of them and want to include the pairing, I'm perfectly fine with that.

As for Wonderland vs the real world... I will admit to being on team "Wonderland is real", mostly because I'm such a fantasy geek. I prefer to keep the surreal tone, with Alice being the only one who can actually see the Wonderland elements of the world around her, but that she actually disappears from the real world when she goes to Wonderland. Wonderland characters being able to interact with other real world characters...well, it could be interesting to see some sinister real world character tapping into Wonderland somehow (via Alice?) to take something from it/threaten it somehow. Could make for an interesting plot.

And speaking of plot, I greatly enjoy both the action/adventure aspects as well as the mystery/horror aspects of these games. It being Yuletide and all, I do wish for a happy-ish ending (as happy as these games ever get), but I have nothing against dark and disturbing elements in the plot itself. Maybe the aformentioned human outsider finds a way to get to Wonderland and starts wrecking havok? Maybe unexplained murders start happening in the real world and the Cheshire Cat isn't sure if Alice has gone truly insane and started killing innocents? Maybe it's the Cheshire Cat who gets himself into trouble for once and Alice has to help him out; I am a big fan of role reversals.

If you haven't played the second game, feel free to go completely AU after the first game and invent your own "what happened after Alice got better"-scenario. I'm a big fan of AUs in general actually, so if you want to go completely off from the original setting, be my guest! Just avoid high school and sports team-AUs; they're not really my cup of tea.



Bioshock Infinite
(Characters: Robert Lutece, Rosalind Lutece)

Man, these two. As you've probably figured out from the screencap I chose to use, I ship them. Like burning.

If this is too close to incest for your comfort, no worries. I find everything about them to be fascinating, both pre- and post-game (as well as during). I love their matter of fact personalities, the small yet clear differences between them, the impossible state they've found themselves in, as well as their interactions with each other and other characters.

They are entertaining and I want to know all there is to know about them! What was their first communication like? How do they see each other? Has that view changed through the time they've know each other? What's it like being dead and alive at the same time? What other adventures do they go on post-game? Is there any real danger they could end up in?

As my list of likes might have revealed, I'm a big fan of suspense and action/adventure, and I love kidnapping/rescue scenarios. It would be interesting to see if the Luteces could end up in real trouble (maybe Elizabeth to the rescue? Or Rosalind and Elizabeth to the rescue?), a tricky challenge considering their current state. Somehow I see Robert as the one most likely to get into trouble, since he's the one that has a greater interest in the world outside of the duo that now is his life.

If that's not your cup of tea, I'm also very interested in the psychological part of the Luteces. What's it like being in the state they are? What's it like meeting yourself, no matter the sex of said other self? How do the two of them see the world?



Hainish Cycle - Ursula K. Le Guin
(Characters: Genly Ai, Therem Harth rem ir Estraven)

I fell in love with this world during the reading of "The Left Hand of Darkness". I have, however, not read any of the other books yet because I simply haven't had the time. I came across "The Left Hand of Darkness" in my local library three months ago and because I'd thought about finding it I was very happy to have stumbled across it!

But as you've probably realized, I know next to nothing about the rest of the Hainish world. I don't mind spoilers, but I won't know the background info that might be necessary for understanding any references you might make to other books in the series, unless you explain said references of course.

That said, I love the world of Winter and I love Genly and Therem's vague and complicated relationship. I love the gender dynamics of Winter's people. I love how the setting felt like it had so much history and culture to it. Most of all I love how the planet has different countries with different cultures.

For my story, I'd love to see any interaction between Genly and Therem. A "what if" story where Therem lives to see Winter enter into interstellar society would be interesting. If you prefer to stick to canon I'd love to see more of Genly's time on Winter either pre- or post-book, especially from Therem's POV. I'd also be interested in seeing as many different cultures from Winter as possible.



MoonDreamers
(Characters: Dream Gazer)

I have very fond memories of this series and Dream Gazer was always my favorite of all the characters. I like how she always was the center of calm, but that she wasn't invinsible or cold. "The Dreamnapping" is my favorite episode, mostly because it has her as the main focus.

When it comes to cartoons I'm nostalgic about, I love a bit of "realism" in the fanfiction; people actually die, have children that don't magically pop out of the ground, people bleed if they're hurt, etc. I'm not asking for a realistic explanation to the whole "giving children their dreams"-thing, seeing as that could take some time (though if you want try, be my guest!). What I'm wishing for is a "realistic atmosphere". For example: exploring why the MoonDreamers do what they do; how did it start?; what were humans like before they could dream?; why don't the MoonDreamers give dreams to adult humans?; what exactly is the Cosmic Cube and where did it come from?; how long has Dream Gazer been alive, seeing as she's the oldest MoonDreamer; what is the social structure of Starry Up?; and so on and so forth.

I'm a big fan of action/adventure as well, should you wish to go down that road, or combine the two.

As a side note, I grew up watching this show dubbed to Swedish. In that version, Dream Gazer has a _completely_ different voice; much less older woman and more like a young man (though Dream Gazer is still referred to as 'she', on the rare occassions when they bother with pronouns). This caused me to believe Dream Gazer identified as a man for a good part of my childhood, and as I got older, had me thinking she was trans (which would have been awesome, because media needs more trans characters). Not quite compatable with the English voice acting, but I thought I'd include it as my headcanon, seeing as this is my Yuletide wishlist :)!

(I'm trying to get some audio of the Dream Gazer's Swedish voice online, but we'll see how that works out...)



Parasol Protectorate
(Characters: Professor Lyall, Biffy)

Professor Lyall is my favorite character in this series and his relationship with Biffy (as brief as the description of it is in the book) hits all my kinks. They're equals, regardsless of the Alpha and Beta state of things and they have fun in their "roles". Lyall certainly didn't sound disappointed when Biffy turned out to be what he is (especially if you take in to account Lyall's comment about Biffy's behavior in the bedroom and the "yes, sir" line) and Biffy is such an interesting Dom. I love when there are Doms in a book that don't fit the "I order everyone around always and I never doubt myself or my role"-stereotype.

Because we're clearly talking D/s here. Happy, consentual D/s and I love it! Would adore to see some of the bedroom activites we had the curtains drawn down on in the book. Sorry, I just really have thing for relationships where there is a D/s dynamic that both parties enjoy and take pleasure in equally. It's just so damn rare in fiction.

But if smut is not your thing I'm also happy to see their interactions when they have their clothes on (though innuendo is golden)! How long is Lyall away in Scotland? How well does he fit in there? Are there kilts involved? How much does Lyall's past relationships (Alessandro Tarabotti being the main one) and trauma affect his current relationship with Biffy? How does Biffy settle into his roles as Beta-going-on-Alpha? How often do they meet up and how? SO MANY QUESTIONS! I hope at least one was inspiring :)

PS. Also, Biffy somehow getting to rescue Lyall from something, big or small, would make my week!



ThunderCats (1985)
(Characters: Tygra)

Ah, nostalgia! Tygra was my first favorite character ever. Maybe it's because my favorite animal is the tiger, maybe it's because he gets captured and tied up a lot, maybe it's because he's damn smart. No matter what I loved this character when I was a kid and I'm still damn fond of him.

Like with my MoonDreamers request, I'd love to see a more "realistic" take on ThunderCats, preferably set before the series. I'd love to learn more about the culture of Thundera, their politics and their society. What was it like living there before the war with the mutants? When and why did the war start? How does the system of rule work? What does it mean to be a "noble" on Thundera? Are there different countries on Thundera? There's been talk of the "tiger clan" etc., what do the clans stand for? Are they political? Are there children of mixed clans and if so where do they belong? Is there racism? Can clans intermarry? How does marriage work? Are there arranged marriages or do people get to choose?

I'm also a big fan of AUs and What ifs. What would it have been like if Thundera never was destroyed? If the war with the mutants was won or never even started? Does Thundera have a place in the intergalactic society or do they prefer to keep to themselves? What would Tygra's role be in all of this?

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