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16 October 2015 @ 11:00 pm
Yuletide Letter 2015  
Hello dear Yulegoat and welcome to my wish-list letter! I hope this optional information of my likes and dislikes will inspire you in your writing :)

If you want to go the really advanced route, this is my very long list of likes and kinks - and I mean plot likes too, not just smut related likes.


Not my cup of tea
- 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/sapient 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.
- Dub-con presented as consent, 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.
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. Fanfiction are full of these tropes so I've seen them done a lot before, thus I've grown a little tired of them as plots.
- Watersports and scat.

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

Genres
Anything goes! Would just prefer to have the story not end too darkly or sadly - it's the holidays, after all ;)

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)
- 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.
- Loyalty in all its shapes and forms! I especially love characters who are a little too loyal to those they count as family and friends.
- Messing with gender roles, in any way.
- Culture-clashes, where both cultures are seen as equals, only different.
- Plot-twists I adore.
- Pairings of all kind of gender combinations – 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- AUs and crossovers. I don't need them to enjoy a story, but I don't mind them either. AUs with a well built world can be a ton of fun!

Other things that make me smile (only relevant to smut)
- “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.
- Foreplay and teasing (both verbal and otherwise). Doesn't actually have to lead to sex – the teasing is fun in itself.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!

Her Instruments - M. C. A. Hogarth
(Characters: Any)


Anything! Seriously, anything in this universe will make me happy. But as I know how unhelpful those kind of not-prompt prompts are, here are some suggestions for things to explore:

- What happens to Surela after the book? Is she pregnant? Does it go well with her new position as a trader? How does she fit in with Earthrise's new crew? I'd love to see how she develops as a character, maybe see her confront her xenophobia further. I really liked how she was shown coming face to face with her mistakes, without doing a 180 character turn in her beliefs and personal goals.

- What's Hirianthial and Reese's marriage like? How do they find their place in this changing society that is the Eldritch society at the end of book 3? Do they have more contact with the Alliance? Are there more threats to be seen on the horizon? How is the rebuilding of Reese's castle going?

- How are things going for Val? How's life back in the official circles of the priesthood treating him? Is he radically changing Eldritch society? And how are things going with that young priest-in-training (whose name I've of course forgotten, dammit)? With Eldritch society being so homophobic that the mere mention of same-sex romance is, would it be possible for them to get involved in any way? Because a blooming attraction between Val and him was how I read their interaction as in the books.

- I'm definitely up for crossovers here! Or stories set in the past or in the far future!


Just found out M.C.A. Hogarth isn't comfortable with fanfiction, thus I'm withdrawing this request (as much as I can with Yuletide already over :/)

モノノ怪 | Mononoke
(Characters: Medicine Seller, Otherself)


I love the mood of this series, not to mention the mysteries! And by that, I mean both the ghosts and the Medicine Seller himself (themselves?). Most of all, I'd love to read a fic about who, or rather _what_, the Medicine Seller is. Why does he do what he does? Where did he come from and where is he going? And what is his relationship with Otherself? Are they the same person? Friends? Lovers? Enemies?

On the other hand, I'd also love an "episode like" fic, with a mononoke of some kind making life rightfully troublesome for someone. It'd be interesting to see it set in modern-ish time (think the final episode), but as it says on the sign-up form, optional details are optional.

I'm not looking for a particular pairing in this fandom, though I wouldn't mind seeing one. Medicine Seller and Otherself interacting in any way is basically enough for me.

Would love to see a third party's view of them, hear what sort of impression the Medicine Seller leaves behind on people and how they react to the change - they seem so uncaring of his less human aspects (the ears, the fangs, etc.), so I'm wondering what they really see when they look at him, and if that changes when they see him vanquishes the mononoke, as Otherself.


Sapphire and Steel
(Characters: Sapphire, Silver, Steel, Lead)


The creepy, alien atmosphere is so great here. I love how Sapphire and Steel are clearly not human. I love how the 'cases' they go on are a mix of cosmic horror and detective work. A 'case fic' would be great, but I'd also love to see what their life is like when they're not on Earth - is there life on other planets they also help? What is their own home like? Do they have a 'home'? Also, I love how Sapphire and Steel's interaction is affected by the presence of other elements, like Silver and Lead. And while watching Silver annoy Steel is a lot of fun, I'd love even more for Steel's relationship to Lead to be explored more, since we only got to see them interact during one of the six original assignments. Having both of them show up at the same time would be marvelous! I'd love to see how that would affect a situation, with all four elements in the room!

If you like writing crossovers I think this is a series that lends itself well to that. If you ship Sapphire and Steel or other Elements, I'm down with that, but if so I'd love that to be combined with their "not human" qualities; i.e. I don't think Elements do romance exactly like we humans do it. With all of them being so not-human, does the elements' culture have such things as romance and friendship? Or something akin to it?

I've seen the TV episodes, not listened to any of the audio stories, so feel free to go completely AU after that. I'd prefer no main character death, if that's okay with you dear Yulegoat! Also, my favorite character is Steel.


Thundercats (1985)
(Characters: Tygra)


I keep requesting this year after year, hoping someone will finally write it (but no pressure if this wasn't the fandom we matched on – there's always next year!). What I'd love to read is a more "realistic" take on the Thundercats' world. You know, non-Disney-deaths, complex politics, morality beyond bad/good, romantic relationships that move beyond shy looks and such, etc. Any and all pairings, interpretations of the Thunderian society and even alternate universes are more than welcome! All I ask is that Tygra plays a big part.

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.

As I said I'd love to see a more "realistic" take on Thundercats, preferably set before the series or in some AU where Lion-O & co managed to settle on the planet they planned to reach, instead of Third Earth. 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 their system of rule work? What does it mean to be a "noble" on Thundera? Is it like being 'Lord' – a position you get only once you've passed certain trials? 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?

Because I love Tygra. There's no getting past that. So as long as he plays a major role in the fic, I'll be happy :) If you feel like shipping him with anyone, go right ahead! Have no preferences with who.


Vassalord
(Characters: Charles J. Chrishunds, Johnny Rayflo)


I'd love for something set post-manga, where they're living together and trying to work out their relationship with each other and the world. What does Charles do now that his connection with the church is what it is? Has he embraced himself fully, with all he is and isn't? And Rayflo, has he become a better partner to be around?

While I would love smut with these two, especially involving the vampiric aspect of them, I'd also love a fic that just centers around their relationship if smut is not your thing. New perils are also great! What trouble can these two get themselves into? Vampire hunters? Crazy scientists? The world finding out about vampires? Endless possibilites!
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