Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box
Dear Yuletide Author, 
17th-Nov-2011 11:50 am
oxymora: (Default)
Dear author,

First things first: Thank you for doing this! Yuletide has become one of my favorite things about the holiday season (and there are a lot of contenders). I'm excited!

Most of my requests are 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. In those cases where I said any characters in the request, I meant that! Even if I'm talking about specific characters in the prompt--that was just what my mind could come up with for a prompt. Doesn't mean that I won't enjoy another story more, just because I didn't have that idea.

In conclusion: 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? I also like future fic, for similar reasons.

- 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 from 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 and fusions: If you have a sudden inspiration for a crossover between any of these four fandoms or any 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 Maria chilling in a meadow, while Calvin is off destroying some planets with the Orion crew. Damn you, brain.

About the general tone: I'm easy here. I'll read dark, angsty stuff as well as teeth-rotting fluff. As long as it's not graphic gore and violence from beginning to end, I'm good. Last year, I got (canon) character death fic, and I loved it. The year before I got (slightly disturbed) established relationship fluff, and I loved that, too. If you want to go with fluff, I have a huge kink for established relationships (romantic or platonic).

Something about each of my fandoms:

- My request: I meant it when I didn't specify any characters! I'll be happy with any fic for this fandom. However, here's the prompt of my dreams: More of those scenes in which the government, the GSD and the Oberste Raumbehörde sit around their round table and bicker while McLane and crew save the day. Could be a completely new plot or a missing scene. It would be great if we see both the Orion crew and command, but I really want more of all those big figures sitting around and arguing. Bonus points for any of the following: 1. German language preferred. 2. The more bickering and banter, the better! (Goes for Orion and command.) 3. Oberst Villa. 4. female characters being awesome.

- Some more info: 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. I love how government apparently hasn't changed all that much from the 1960s to now to the year 3000. 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 Sound of Music
- My request: Requested character: The Baroness. The thing that always really stood out for me in The Sound of Music was Baroness Schräder's character. She's not the evil stepmother cliché - she happens to be rich and beautiful and she happens to like Captain von Trapp and to not be overly fond of children, but when she notices that the Captain does not return her feelings and that Maria and he are in love, she bows out very gracefully. She's Maria's rival and opposite, and probably not a good choice of wife for an emotionally stunted father of seven. But the movie manages to show that while resisting the very easy trap of casting her as a genuinely evil person, and I think that's remarkable for the time and the genre. So, I want fic about her, showing her off as the BAMF she is.

- Some more info: So this is the outlier in my requests, because here I'm really just interested in that aspect of the canon (unless you go for a cracky multiple-fandoms crossover and want to throw in some singing children). I don't have strong feelings about The Sound of Music in general (apart from the fact that I find perverse glee in giving my friend who lives in Salzburg horrible renditions of the songs to mess with her head). But Baroness Schräder always really impressed me. There are a thousand stories that use the trope of the rich society lady versus the young naive heroine, and The Sound of Music is the only instance that I know of where the first is not portrayed as genuinely evil. Baroness Schräder is not mean, she's not duplicitous, she doesn't pretend to like his children to get into von Trapp's pants, she doesn't have a plan to lure Maria off into the woods and feed her a poisoned apple. She also seems to genuinely care about Captain von Trapp. It is never stated that she's after his money or status, she is a member of the aristocracy and seems to be independently wealthy. So yeah, I'd like to see more about her. Her romance with von Trapp from her point of view? How she goes on after she leaves him? Her during the Nazi regime? Her as a young girl in the golden twenties? Gen, het, femslash? It's all good!

Calvin and Hobbes
- My request: Requested characters: Calvin and Hobbes. What seems to have worked best in the past for this fandom are fics playing somewhat loose with canon. I'd love a fusion, crossover, or coming-of-age story. Challenge: Give me the story behind this picture:
No Calvin/Hobbes slash, please!

- Some more info: 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).

With comic strip fandoms I'm always interested to see how the source material translates to another medium. Seeing a typical Calvin and Hobbes comic strip in prose is often not that interesting (but hey, feel free to prove me wrong!), but I've read some great crossover and fusion fics, explorations of minor characters or POV changes, and Calvin-as-a-teen/grownup in this fandom. So yeah, any of those would be great, especially fusions/crossovers or fic about any of the minor characters if the picture prompt doesn't do anything for you. A note on the characters: I requested Calvin and Hobbes because they are in the picture I prompted, but I'd be glad to see other characters make an appearance (I love them all dearly), to the point that I'd happily read Susie Derkins gen with Calvin and Hobbes making no more than a fleeting appearance.

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.
17th-Nov-2011 02:59 pm (UTC) - Re: Raumpatrouille!
oxymora: (Default)

Das ist das dritte Jahr, das ich ziemlich genau diesen Prompt recycle. Ich weiß noch, wie ich 2009 die Liste der nominierten Fandoms durchgegangen bin, Raumpatrouille Orion gesehen habe und dachte "man, this yuletide thing is awesome".

17th-Nov-2011 03:12 pm (UTC) - Re: Raumpatrouille!
Ich will für Yuletide selbst nicht auf deutsch schreiben, deswegen biete ich weder Karl May noch Orion. Ach, die Erinnerungen, die da wach werden. Ich hab auch noch die ganzen alten Terra Astra und wie sie alle heißen mit den Romanen...
17th-Nov-2011 07:06 pm (UTC) - Re: Raumpatrouille!
oxymora: (Default)
Ich will eigentlich auch auf englisch schreiben, aber bei Winnetou und Drei Männer im Schnee konnte ich trotzdem nicht widerstehen. Jaaa, die Romane... Davon hab ich leider nur ein paar.
17th-Nov-2011 08:00 pm (UTC) - Re: Raumpatrouille!
Ich hab auch nicht alle die vor Terra Astra rauskamen. Da konnte ich letztes Jahr mal eine Sammlung übernehmen, war sehr schön.

Winnetou war schon auch recht verführerisch, ja... Vielleicht geb ich dem doch noch nach und füge ihn noch ein. Hab ja erst 20 offers ;). Da fällt einer mehr gar nicht auf. Mich hat eine Freundin dieses Jahr hier reingezerrt, nachdem ich mich seit vier Jahren standhaft weigere, bei Yuletide mitzuspielen. Die wusste aber auch genau, wenn sie mir die Promptliste vom letzten Jahr zeigt ist es aus mit dem Widerstand leisten. Ich schreib doch so gern auf Anfrage.

Drei Männer im Schnee kenn ich gar nicht. War aber etwas überrascht wie viele Original-Deutsche Fandoms doch nominiert wurden.
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