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Dear Purimgifts Author ... (2012/5772)

I hope you have fun with my prompts! I have here some more details about my requests, and a set of general notes about things and do and don't like. Optional details are of course optional ... but I hope this megillah is useful to you!

As to the requests:

Fiddler on the Roof - Bock/Harnick/Stein - How about some future fic? Hodel is probably my favorite of the sisters: were she and Perchik released from Siberia when the Communist Party came to power? Was Chava ever re-united with her sisters? Do Tzeitel and Motel manage to get to America eventually, and what is it like for little Bielke and Shprintze when their big sister shows up?

Yiddish Policemen's Union - Michael Chabon - For this one, I'd enjoy flashback fic: Meyer, Naomi, and Berko as children in Alaska. Perhaps Berko's arrival? Or the moment at which he finally felt part of the family? Or just a special day with the three of them - maybe Purim, even? Alternatively, it would also be interesting to see an older Naomi and something about how she became a bush pilot, or even just a vignette from her career.

Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis - I love Aravis. I also think Aravis and Shasta's is the only real marriage we see, even though it's tossed away with just a line or two. I'd enjoy seeing a scene or three from Aravis' future life: how she adjusts to being a Narnian, when does she realize that Shasta is more than a friend, perhaps a moment after they are married when she wonders whether she's done the right thing after all, and so on.

Discworld - Terry Pratchett - I love Angua von Uberwald, Cheery Littlebottom, Tiffany Aching, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, and the young women of Monstrous Regiment, especially Polly, Mal, and Lofty and Tonker (Tilda and Magda). An unexpected encounter, a surprising friendship - anything crossover-ish. Are there witches in Borogravia, for example? Would Tiffany ever take a trip to Ankh-Morpork? Could Cheery's research ever lead her to the Chalk?

I Like:

  • Friendships - although I am a romantic sort of person, not every relationship has to be romantic (I do like the trope of friends becoming lovers, however)
  • Strong characterization (including character-appropriate dialog: no earthy, uneducated characters using $50 words)
  • Wry and even dark humor in the course of a more serious story
  • Positive emotional payoffs that are well-earned
  • Passions that are strong without being mushy/fluffy
  • Moments of realization - satori
  • And any of the following "cool bits": hurt-comfort | being cozy indoors when it's rainy or snowing | senses of smell and touch and memories attached to them | sudden realization of one's feelings for another | warm and oversized bathrobes/dressing gowns or sweaters/jerseys | someone's profile silhouetted against the light | opposites attracting | impulsive acts of valor (especially on behalf of the weak or an underdog) | the little spots of light that sift through a thick canopy of trees onto the ground beneath | water running over pebbles or stones | old-fashioned sections of town with narrow streets and alleyways and odd shops | licking honey or something similar off fingers | someone gradually waking and smiling when they realize their beloved is there | an autumn leaf or item of clothing as the only bit of color in a bleak landscape | brushing long hair or riffling fingers through short hair | romantic partners who are both competent | cabinets or cases full of odd curios | the sound of a flute or panpipes | an open-air market or seaside boardwalk or other place filled with joyful bustle and the smell of good things to eat | a teahouse or restaurant on the water | whispered admissions of love or forgiveness | food porn | finding in a fight that one's ally feels like a protective wall | cynics with secretly soft hearts | a study or library as a refuge against the outside world | places where arts or martial arts are studied or where master crafters are at work | kissing the inside of the elbow or the base of the throat | drops of water clinging to hair and/or skin.

I Don't Like:

  • Characters acting OOC, especially if the purpose is to force them into a relationship (doubly bad if that relationship is romantic or sexual)
  • Romantic/sexual relationships between partners of very uneven levels of power (adult/child, master/servant) - only a couple of writers have ever managed this without squicking me out.
  • By-the-numbers, every-action-described explicit sex (first they do this, then they do that, then ...)
  • Mpreg
  • Fluffy girlish stuff
  • Extensive use of epithets, or epithets that don't match the character POV (no one should think of his or her long-time lover as "the green-eyed man," for example): these will throw me right out of a story

I'm quite content with both straight and gay relationships. In the case of regular fiction (as opposed to manga), I do tend to ship the canon relationships, unless it's a character who has had no relationships shown in the story. I'm not comfortable with sexual relationships shown in children under the age of, say, 14 or so, and not even among older teens except with their age peers.

(Also feel free to check out my interests on my profile here, my AO3 profile, and my own fic on this LJ or on AO3.)


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