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sonicshambles ([personal profile] sonicshambles) wrote2016-09-17 06:14 pm
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Dear Yuletide Author

Dear Yuletide Author,

Happy Yuletide! Thanks in advance for writing for me. I love this exchange so much and am so excited to see what new and exciting stories come out of this year. I'm wishing you all of the luck and joy in putting my Yuletide gift together.

I've offered some general comments on my fic preferences and selected fandoms below.

If you need any additional information on what I like you can view my other Dear Author Fic Exchange letters here (DW) and here (LJ) or check me out on AO3 at [ profile] sonicshambles or on Tumblr at [ profile] revealingproserpina.

Likes & Dislikes | Chess - Rice/Ulvaeus/Andersson | Flight of the Conchords - TV Series | The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett | Sing Street | What We Do In the Shadows

Bonus Crossover FOTC/What We Do In The Shadows Prompts

Likes & Dislikes

  • Stories that blend drama and humor. Suspense and tension are great but I like when it's occasionally broken up by moments of levity. I don't like pure fluff but I like stories that end on a fully or mostly positive/hopeful note.
  • Pre- or Post- Canon settings. What Ifs or slight canon AUs where What If This One Thing Had Happened Differently.
  • Fics centered around all sorts of relationships, not just romantic ones. I love friendship fic and family fic and found family fic (LOVE found family fic is more accurate).
  • For romantic relationships I like first time/first meeting but I'm more partial to established relationships, reunions, or friends/acquaintances transitioning to lovers.
  • I'm fine with any rating and stories involving or centered around sexual encounters for the preferred ships I list in each fandom. If what you write involves sex of any sort it doesn't have to be totally vanilla. Light bondage, roleplaying, spanking, dirty talk, rough intercourse are all things I'm into.
  • Epistolary fics and the modern equivalents (email/text/social media) or fics that combine that with traditional storytelling methods.
  • Graphic or detailed descriptions of violence and/or trauma. Violent things can happen but I'd prefer descriptions of them be kept brief.
  • Non-con and dub-con. I respect them both as kinks but don't enjoy reading about them.
  • Physical or sexual abuse.
  • Dark themes as the prominent story themes.

Fic Prompts

**I've listed my preferred ships in each of the below fandoms merely as a guide for those interested in writing a story that would include them. Gen stories for all of these are equally welcome and appreciated!**

Chess - Rice/Ulvaeus/Andersson
Characters:Florence Vassy, Frederick Trumper

Why I Love This Musical:I randomly picked up the concept recording on CD sometime in the early 2000s when I was deep into listening to nothing but musical theater and needed something new to listen to. It was an instant love affair. I love the story, the music, the parallels between the game and the politics and the personal relationships. I guess the most important thing to state is not when I first listened to or saw Chess or how many versions of the show I'm familiar with but which one I prefer. I prefer the British staged version with the addition of Someone Else's Story a la the Royal Albert Hall concert.

I love the relationship between Freddie & Florence: how strong willed they both are, how we meet them towards the end of the relationship but can see what drew them to the other.

I've always had a soft spot for Freddie and Florence ending up back together after they've had separate periods to grow and change. I won't be upset if this isn't a romantic fic but if you want to do the grand sweeping love story of Freddie and Florence I'd love it. Please feel free to include any other character from the musical.

  • Florence becomes a reporter and she and Freddie are both reporters covering Anatoly's third bid for championship.
  • Freddie is still pining for Florence and decides to help her find the actual truth about her family.
  • AU where Freddie won the match between him and Anatoly- what happens next!
  • AU where Florence was the chess player and Freddie was her second.
  • Pre show:Florence and Freddie celebrate after his first big win with her as his second.
  • Florence teaches Freddie a new move that helps him win a match.

Flight of the Conchords (TV Series)
Characters:Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement, Mel (Conchords), Murray Hewitt
Ships:I lean mostly gen in my wants for this but I do have a soft spot for Mel/Doug

Why I Love This Show: I love the mix of sweet and strange in the show and the characters. For a show that didn't lean too much on continuity or true plot there was still so much to latch on to. The humor of the show is directly aligned with my comedy tastes and even on repeated watches it makes me laugh. The music and the in show music videos are so well done. It's catchy and funny and having seen the band live a couple times I was impressed by what great musicians they both are. I love all the characters and how they interact with each other.

Bret & Jemaine's friendship, Murray's unwavering devotion to the band and his role as manager, Mel's more intense devotion to the band, and how it all comes together into a show I still love watching almost a decade later make me cherish the two seasons we got so much.

I'm open to any characters not nominated appearing in the story and am fine with not all of the nominated characters appearing in the story.

  • AU where the band becomes super famous early on in their career. How would it change the characters?
  • It's 2016 and Murray and Mel join forces to get the band back together for a reunion tour
  • Mel achieves success with a book she publishes on the psychology of being a fan.
  • In the Season 2 finale we learn that Bret and Jemaine met when they were shepherds. What was that meeting like? How quickly did the band form?
  • What is life back in New Zealand like for Bret, Jemaine, and Murray?
  • After Season 2 the band and/or the Off Broadway musical achieve cult status in America and a film crew tracks down the band and Murray in New Zealand to make a documentary about it
  • Anything about Mel and Doug. Fill in the blanks on what we know of their backstory or what happens to them post series. I know he's not a nominated character but I'm curious as to what Doug actually thinks of the band. Does he always help them out along with Mel because of her or because he's also a fan?
  • Any mix of characters gets stuck at Bret and Jemaine's apartment during a blackout.

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Characters:Colin Craven (The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett) Dickon Sowerby (The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett) Mary Lennox (The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett)
Ships:Colin/Mary/Dickon, Colin/Mary, Colin/Dickon, Mary/Dickon

Why I Love This Book:My love for this book has endured through every decade of my life. It's got so many of my favorite things: found family, real family that learns to become a true family, nature as a healer, friendships that overcome all sorts of boundaries, and characters that aren't transformed into better people over night but journey towards finding the better person inside of them.

My ship and character preferences span the entire gamut of nominated characters. I'm just as happy with a gen story that explores the friendship between any two or all three of them as I am something that explores a romantic relationship between any two or all three of them.

  • Were Colin and Mary able to easily keep Dickon a part of their life as they advanced in society?
  • What happens when Colin and/or Dickon return from the war greatly changed?
  • How do Colin and/or Dickon react to Mary having suitors?
  • How did their relationship(s) to the garden change as they age?
  • What happens as the next generation of Sowerby's, Lennox's, and Craven's discover the garden?
  • What secrets does the garden keep for the trio as they become adults?
  • How are they brought back together after life pulls them all away from Misselthwaite?

Sing Street
Characters:Brendan Lalor (Sing Street), Conor "Cosmo" Lalor, Eamon (Sing Street), Raphina (Sing Street)

Why I Love This Movie:I love all of John Carney's movie and how he takes these themes of musicians and the importance of music and makes great stories out of them. As a child of the 80s with the music tastes to match I was particularly drawn to how the characters were shaped and reshaped by new artist and song discoveries and how the bonds between them strengthened from their shared loves.
Not all of my nominated characters need to appear and you are welcome to include any of the other characters from the movie.

  • I loved the end of the movie but the practical side of me had concerns for how happy an end Conor and Raphina would get. I would love to see something that shows them finding success or at least real happiness in London. Even if it's limited artistic success and personal happiness I would be happy.
  • What happens to Brendan? Does he make it to London one day? Does he continue some sort of career in the music world? I can see him becoming a DJ or producer.
  • I loved Eamon and would love to see what he's like as an adult. What is his future career as a musician like?
  • Future fic where Conor and Eamon both find success in very different genres of music
  • Raphina finding herself in London and starting the healing process
  • The band getting back together as adults

What We Do In The Shadows
Characters:Stu (What We Do in the Shadows), Viago (What We Do in the Shadows), Vladislav (What We Do in the Shadows), Anton (What We Do in the Shadows)
Ships: I lean more gen than anything but loved the Viago/Katherine storyline

Why I Love This Movie: Because wherever Taika Waititi and/or Jemaine Clement go I will follow. I knew I would love this movie from the second I heard about it and I somehow love it even more than I could have hoped. I'm a huge fan of the mockumentary genre and anything that takes the supernatural and puts it in a mundane setting. So when two of my favorite comedians combine all of that and add not just laughs but a lot of heart I'm going to be a fan.

I suggested the characters I did because they are the ones I would be most interested in getting a fic about but I truly love all of the characters so please feel free to include any/all of my requested characters and any/all other characters that appeared in the movie. On the same note you don't need to include all of my requested characters.

  • How did Viago and Katherine meet? What was their love story like and how did Viago handle the whole being a vampire thing around her? Along with that or alternatively what is their life like together post movie?
  • What was settling down in New Zealand like for Viago and/or Vladislav? Who found the flat first and how did they find each other as flatmates?
  • What is the night in the life of Vladislav like? Does he still do his dark bidding on the internet even after being pulled out of his Beast induced depression?
  • What happens when Vladislav is finally made guest of honor at the Unholy Masquerade? What happens when one of the other flatmates is before him?
  • What is life as a werewolf like for Stu? How does it change his friendship with Nick?
  • AU where Stu became a vampire instead of werewolf
  • What was really going through Stu's head during the movie as he was being drawn into the vampire's world?
  • Any backstory for Anton. Who was before becoming a werewolf? How did he become pack leader? What does he do during the day?
  • A story that explores Anton becoming BFF with one of the vampires. I have no preference for which one.
  • From the Lost Boys,Sister Act,and Blade references we know the vampires are movie fans. I'd love a fix about movie night at the flat.

Bonus Crossover Prompts: What We Do In the Shadows/FOTC Crossover: Vladislav is Jemaine's ancestor! Anton and Murray are twins! The vampires attend a FOTC concert! With the crossover in creative teams I feel like there are tons of fun ways to merge these two into one story. Along with the crossover prompts I'd super happy with any character from one showing up in a fic about the other.