Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 02:34 pm
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you so much for writing a story for me! I've tried to put plenty of information for each fandom, but if you would like to write something completely different please feel free! I am also happy for you to include as many or as few of the nominated characters as you wish. If you're not sure about anything, or want to do a crossover with another fandom and need to check if I know it, just ask my partner [personal profile] st_aurafina.

Things I enjoy: stories about female characters, plot, character interaction, gen fic or any of femslash/het/slash, exploring a canon world. I also like OCs as a way to expand the canon universe, so if that's a direction you want to go, that would be great too. AUs are fine – both in the sense of a deviation from canon and a completely different world – as long as they're not mundane AUs. (Modern AUs are fine, as long as they're not mundane modern AUs – superpowered coffee shops or high school on a Zeppelin would be just fine!)

Things I don't enjoy: non-con or rape, non-canon character deaths (canon deaths are fair game), adult/teen or adult/child sexual interaction, zombies, apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic AUs, mundane AUs.



Bad Blood

This video made me roll around in glee. Who are all these superheroes? What are their powers and what are they fighting for? What is all the training about? Who sided with whom in the Arysn/Catastrophe battle? I would love to see the backstory of the bad blood between Arsyn and Catastrophe - obviously they were friends and/or lovers once but what are the bullet holes that bandaids won't fix? I want to know about the fight that is just starting as the clip ends! AUs and crossovers are particularly welcome for this fandom - if you're not sure whether I know a particular fandom, please message my partner [personal profile] st_aurafina and she will tell you! Femslash or gen would be particularly appreciated for this request.

If you've matched on one of my other fandoms but aren't feeling it, this is a less-than-five-minute fandom that would be easy to pick up.




Baker Street

This is one fandom where I desperately wish there was more: everything about the world is dropped in hints and background art, but the violent collision of Victorian mores (and not just the posh ones) and punk sensibility is gorgeously grim and intensely fascinating. Having open-minded, calm Susan in Watson's role as the narrator/diarist brings a lot of cohesion to the violent story and Sharon Ford's deductive reasoning, but it also means that we don't get to see a lot outside that POV. What is Sharon's uneasy connection to Lady Noir, and why is Sharon able to work with the police? Why is Sam so desperate and violent and her revelation such a surprise to everyone but Sharon? Is there no other way out for her? What is it like to live in this grimy London and what happened to make it that way? What is the rest of the world like? Why is Sharon choosing to live the way she does, and what does that say about women's roles in this world?

I suppose I just want to know everything about how it all works, whether through a mystery or backstory or a character study or an OC, to see how the aggressive social Darwinism of the Victorian era and the DIY anarchist ethos of punk pull together to make this world.



Daredevil
My major request here is that Foggy's battle with cancer is not part of the story, not even in the background, not even a mention. I am a cancer survivor and really, really hate cancer and other serious illnesses being part of superhero stories where other parts of the shared universe have people running around curing spinal breakages and travelling through time. The scale is all wrong.

You are welcome to set this story in any era of Daredevil, because the things I like most have been there all the way through – the double life as a lawyer, the cost of being Daredevil (to both Matt and others), and the determination to stand up for regular people against villains like the Kingpin, who is, of course, himself a regular person made good. I liked Karen as the tough secretary with a crush, I liked her as the Z-list actress who still refused to date Matt while he stood her up to be Daredevil, I liked her as the addict who dragged herself out of addiction and betrayal to tell Matt what she had done, I liked her as an outreach worker and radio host reaching out to other people who had been through what she had been through. Any incarnation of Karen except "dead" would be very welcome – and not necessarily in a relationship with Matt! Foggy is a wonderful guy, who should be getting more respect from Matt, and I would love to see him be the focus of a story, or at least have his great competence shown rather than being the occasional comic relief that some comics writers prefer. Kirsten McDuffie is a wonderful character who takes no shit from Matt and is the superhero of her own life, so I would love to see her, too - maybe Kirsten and the Night Nurse having an adventure, or involved in the logistics of superhero support? Matt/Foggy is very welcome, but their long-lasting friendship is the most important thing to me, so if they're in a relationship, that should be building on the friendship rather than replacing it.



Emma Frost (comic)
I have always wanted to know more about the other Frost siblings, and what they're up to. Feel free to keep or discard any part of canon that you want – my main reference for my request is the Emma Frost series, rather than Generation X or New X-Men. (I greatly disliked the off-handed "Oh, Christian went crazy in the asylum," in New X-Men, but I tend to take anything Emma says with several grains of salt!)

I found it really interesting the way each of them adopted the survival strategy of conforming to a role whether they were suited to it or not: Adrienne the tough and rational businesswoman, Christian the flamboyantly gay useless layabout, Cordelia the rebellious youngest. Then later Adrienne is all about revenge, Christian about helping Emma, and Cordelia about power in the Hellfire Club! A fic about any one of them as adults, or all of them trapped in that big house together as children, would be great. Even though Emma is not a nominated character, you are of course very welcome to include her, but I would really like the story to be about one or all of the siblings, not just Emma. I would prefer no incest, please.



Long Live the Queen
This game is so adorable and yet so brutal! Canon character death being okay covers pretty much everyone in this game, so I'll be specific and say that anyone here is fair game, if that's the form that your story takes. A "playthrough" by another character would be awesome (say, Julianna becoming a Lumen, Selene learning to be a priestess or Arisse learning statecraft), but so would anything about what they're up to while Elodie struggles towards her coronation, or backstory and world-building about their adventures while Fidelia was queen.

I have specifically requested the older generations here - Julianna, Arisse and Selene - because I want to see more of the machinations (and/or larger world) going on all around the game, but if you want to have Elodie or someone else as the POV character that would be fine, too. A story about Julianna and Selene, or about Arisse's various family scandals and manipulations would also be great. There's so much here to work with!



The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
My favourite comic of this year! I would love something exactly like canon, or something amazingly different from canon - Squirrel Girl contains multitudes! Acerbic Nancy could have her own superhero adventure with Mew, or we could learn the secret origin of Koi Boi (how do you find out that you can talk to fish?) or send Squirrel Girl to another universe or five, or have a magnificent superhero team-up! One thing that I particularly enjoy is that Squirrel Girl sees everyone as a person, from the tiniest squirrel to Galactus, and doesn't consider anyone below (or above!) her. She's a problem solver, even if, like Kraven, you didn't know you had a problem. Give her a problem to solve, and see what happens!

The Marvel Universe is huge and fun, and any crossovers would be entirely welcome, along with alternate universes, What Ifs, or odes to the Mighty Squirrel Girl and her sidekick Iron Man. I know new issues of the comic will be coming out during the writing period, so feel free to incorporate them or just stick to Volume 1, whatever suits you better.