Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box
Dear Yuletide Author, 
14th-Nov-2010 11:42 pm
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First things first: Thank you for doing this! This is my second Yuletide, and last year was amazing, so I'm really excited for this round, and I hope you'll have fun with my prompts!

Most of my requests were pretty broad and/or brainstorm-y. Part of that is because I really don't have particularly concrete expectations or must-have's, and the thing I like most about a gift is the surprise. In addition, I want the best you can offer (I'm picky like that ;)), and I want to give you free rein for that. So, seriously: everything I suggested is just that--a suggestion. Do whatever you feel works best for you and feel free to ignore pretty much everything I'm saying here or in my prompts if that helps you.

However, if you'd like some more info about my preferences, here it is.

I generally like:

- The Department of Backstory. The main reason I got into fandom was that I wondered about all the details that are never explained in canon. Where do the characters come from? What made them the way they are? Which part of their world have we never seen and how does it function?

- Gen fic and character studies. I like romance--het and slash--but I'm picky about my pairings and I need good characterisation to back it up. I love gen fic for the reasons above--it's an opportunity to explore the motives, experiences and personality of a character beyond what's provided in canon.

- Minor characters. I'm a sucker for minor characters, because there's so much room for speculation and experimentation there.

- Dialogue and character interaction. Good, in-character dialogue is awesome. Snarky, witty dialogue and banter is beyond awesome. I'm generally fond of fics that explore the relationship between characters--whether that's romance, friendship, or antagonism.

About smut: I honestly don't care either way. If it's there and well done, good. If it isn't, I won't miss it. The only thing I don't want is PWP--but that should be obvious form all I've said above.

About AUs: I guess the same applies here--I like AUs, but I don't have a preference for them. And I'd like the spirit of the original 'verse to be recognizable in an AU.

About crossovers: If you have a sudden inspiration for a crossover between any of these four fandoms or one of the fandoms listed in my profile, sure, why not? And of course, the moment I started typing this, I had a flash inspiration of Hobbes and beret guy discussing existentialism, while Calvin is off destroying some planets with the Orion crew. Damn you, brain.

Something about each of my fandoms:

- xkcd I'm a major xkcd fangirl. I guess I love xkcd for the reason most people do--the humor and the geekery. Also, hat guy/girl is one of my favorite pairings; I don't care that the canon consists of less than 20 comic strips. I admire the way Randall Munroe gave his stick figures distinct personalities, and I'm curious about how this characterization can be transferred to another format, whether it's a conventional fic, a series of drabbles, a poem, or a script. (In the interest of full disclosure, I should also mention that I got an amazing fill for a similar prompt last year. But these two need all the love--and flame throwers--they can get.)

- Raumpatrouille Orion Chances are you've never heard of this show (obscure German '60s scifi for the win), but if you have: I like Orion for its (partly unintended) campiness--the dances, the flat iron and yoghurt cups--but beyond that, I think it's a genuinely well-written show with good acting. I love the banter, snark and flirting. I love the general setup of the episodes, focusing not only on the Orion out in space, but also on Earth and its new administration. And given my love for backstory and minor characters, my reasons for picking my prompt should be pretty obvious. (Sidenote: The way women are treated in this show is part awesome (Lydia van Dyke!), part cringe-worthy (Helga's and Tamara's conversation about Cliff's dancing that should never have happened) and part so-bad-the-only-reaction-is-lulz (Chroma). This fandom needs more strong, truly equal female characters.)

- The Demon's Lexicon I really love this series--the urban fantasy setting, the plot, the characters, their relationships, the writing style. So anything you give me for this universe will be treasured. My prompt was based on all the things I like: backstory, character interaction and relationships, and (possibly) minor characters or a minor character's viewpoint. Any of those abstract characteristics will make me happy.

- Calvin and Hobbes I myself have absolutely no idea what I'd do with my own prompt (I think that's why I like it). Run wild! If the story doesn't go anywhere, put it in the Transmogrifier and see it turn into something completely different (and possibly covered in radioactive slime).

I hope this helps. Most of all, I hope you have fun with my fandoms and prompts! Don't be terrified, I'm so happy you signed up for this, and I love you for it! And anybody who likes either of these fandoms has my implicit trust.
13th-Jan-2013 08:49 am (UTC) - tXzKWzWbqPaHa
What? WHAT? I mean, yes. Basically, there's no such thing as an original idea. Lord knows there's a shit-ton of books/series out there now that are loolesy inspired by Harry Potter or Twilight or any other popular/successful precursors. But, as you say, it's NOT the same thing. It's not the same thing at all. Obviously, I'm all for fanfic, but I also think it's imperative for fanfic writers to respect the thing they obviously had so much love for, respect the intellectual property and financial rights of the person/people involved in its creation and distribution, respect the other members of their fandom by not reflecting badly on them, etc. I personally hate how the walls between fandom and the things or people upon which fandom is based are falling down so much. At best, it just leads to a lot of secondhand embarrassment. At worst, you get things like this.
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