So let's talk Yuletide. I believe this is where I'm supposed to share with you my loves, hates, and dealbreakers of fiction, plus incidental helpful asides on my requested fandoms. As a side note to that, if you write me in these fandoms, I will love you for it anyway.
My favorite stories to read are rich in worldbuilding or characterization, though I adore funny, fluffy little pieces as well. It's all about the characters for me. Okay, and the world. I love intellectual fic and fanfic, like figuring out how a superpower would logically work, exploring the implications of a speculative element, fixing unfixable canon details, taking something off-the-wall and turning into powerfully plausible within canon constraints, etc.
I admit to being easily squickable. I don't care for humor based on embarrasing situations or body-related humor at all. I'm extremely vanilla het in my romance taste (sorry, the easily squickable thing) and infinitely prefer deep friendship characterization to surface romance any day (there's too little good friendship gen fics anyway). Though deeply characterized romance is fine. Better than fine.
And dealbreakers. I try never to read:
- Excessive swear words (or any if I can get away with it)
- Gratuitous violence
- Gore—at all
- Ghosts, spooks, spiritualism, paganism, etc.
And to the fandoms:
So this show ran too short! One little season that left me with a zillion questions and so many possibilities. I would adore Emma with Hannah/Michael fic and finding out how things go after keeping the baby. You can AU it and get him out of prison or even just do Emma + Hannah. I'd love to see that. One scene I've been hankering after for forever is when Captain Tricia Harper stole all the brownies when she met Michael, but let him have one when he caught her. But seriously, anything you write me in this 'verse will be HUGELY appreciated.
The episodes are all available from Amazon, Netflix, or iTunes. My favorite episode is the first, but that's followed pretty closely by "Say Hello to My Little Friend."
I cannot wait for Allegiant to come out, but since it's not out yet, we have fanfic to make up the difference. Right now, I'm particularly fascinated by the Amar + Four relationship, as developed in the two shorts, "Free Four" and "The Transfer," and also thoroughly in love with Natalie Prior. More about Tris' mom would make me extraordinarily happy: her Dauntless background or her falling in love with Andrew or her finding out about the video at the end of Insurgent. Then there's the Jeanine Matthews and Andrew Prior dynamic. They used to best friends. Seriously? I would adore seeing them younger or even their personal interactions as Jeanine starts painting Abnegation as terrible. I mean, this is her best friend's kid she's torturing. And of course, knowing Andrew's mom recorded the video, that was a bombshell I'd also love to see more about. I love and prefer the canonical relationships: friendships, siblings, family.
Onyx Court – Marie Brennan
So the only book of this series I own and have read is With Fate Conspire, though I did read the free short story available on Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Particularly, I love the character of Dead Rick, so I'd love anything with him in it, I'm very interested in that intriguing period where Valentin Aspell was dreaming for a century, and then Benjamin Hodge's childhood and selection as prince OR his picking up life again after the book would be extremely fascinating. Again, I'm pretty good with anything at this point, seeing as I don't think there's any fic in this universe at all.
The People — Zenna Henderson
Ingathering is one of my five favorite books of all time. Within that, my favorite story is far, far and away "Captivity." I missed nominating this one, so understand if you don't want to go here, but I would love to find out what happened to Francher. Did he go back for Twyla? Who was he with his mom? But especially Twyla. Barring that, I'd love to know more about Dita and her ancestral stone wall and finding out what she could do or her parents' and family's reaction and so forth.
I'm one of those who loved this series through "Viva Las Vegas." I've liked RoswellianMisha's work that accepts the end of the series as canon, but otherwise try to pretend it doesn't exist. Big on canonical pairings, but I'm particularly interested in Tess/Kyle or Tess + Kyle as sibling relationship. I'd love to see a fix-it where she doesn't kill Alex (which I always thought was an accident, then coverup), or really anything that gives some serious nonbashing Tess character development. She's an underdog: she was raised desperately wanting the Pod Squad as the only family she would ever have, and then they didn't want her and her alien ideas, so she tried to either offer them their alien legacy and simultaneously started learning to embrace her humanity. I want more of that without the atrocity of that murder in there. Please no dupes.
Whoever you are, thank you!