|08:33 pm - Dear Yuletide Writer 2013!|
Dear Yuletide writer!
I am so excited that you are going to write a story for me - it's by far the Christmas present I look forward to the most!
Since Yuletide presents are non-refundable I thought I'd give you a more in-depth guide as to what I'd love to read on Christmas morn.
I don't actually have a lot of dislikes. I consider fan fiction a playground where pretty much anything is allowed - any genre hybrid, any kink, any imaginative scenario. It's all good fun, so I rarely take offense at anything I read. Among the few exceptions are:
- Stories containing incest, non-con or beastiality - I wouldn't say I take offense, I simply skip them.
- Stories that kill off my favourite characters. Feel free to torture them a little, but please let them have a bit of comfort and a happy ending afterwards. It is Christmas, after all...
My list of general likes is longer:
- I'm a feministy femslash kind of girl and love stories depicting strong female characters and relationship and/or romances between strong female characters.
- Where romance is concerned, I have a thing for first time stories because I love the whole emotional should we/shouldn't we build-up. Always appreciate a good hurt/comfort scenario or a story revolving around someone finally showing their weak side and sharing all those pent up emotions:) As for rating, I'll read anything from fluff to PWP. Explicit is fine, as long as it plays a part in the plot and has a proper build-up.
- To me, fan fiction is a great place for rebellion. I find it empowering when a heteronormative canon is moulded into a femslash romance, and I love it when an innocent and fragile woman of the canon turns out to be less innocent and fragile (eg. in the Rizzoli & Isles fandom, which I frequently read and occassionally write for, I like it when the butch/femme dynamic between tough Jane and girly Maura is reversed so that, say, Maura carries a wounded Jane instead of the other way around).
- I love imaginative cross-overs, as long as they stay true to the basic psychology of the characters,
...oh, and by the way, I have been neglecting this LJ profile lately. So if you want to check out some of my stories look up my profile on AO3 or fanfiction.net instead.
...and with that onto my specific requests for this year:
1. The Fall (TV)
Teen crushes die hard, and I will forever carry a torch for the enigmatic Dana Scully and the woman who gave Scully her hands and voice, namely the brilliant Gillian Anderson. I sucked up every second of her on-screen presence on "The Fall" and loved her rendition of another strong, capable female main character: Stella Gibson, who is sharp, authoritative and completely unapologetic about her sexuality in a way that we rarely see on tv unless we're talking male characters.
I will appreciate any story giving us more insight into Stella's character, but I have one paticular Yuletide wish that I hope you might fulfil (pretty, pretty, please..!) even if technically it never made it onto the tag list (sadly I missed the nomination deadline myself): I would so very much like insight into the relationship between Stella and her right hand assistant Danielle Ferrington. I love how Stella appoints her; she is cool and casual about it, yet it's significant because tv so often depict women as rivals as opposed to women helping each other, the way we see here. I also love how these two women have actual conversations that do not revolve around men ("The Fall" actually passes the Bechdel Test, yay!). And finally I was in awe of the brief, but essential scene in which Ferrington comes out as a lesbian to Stella who doesn't as much as blink (Relax-O-Vision put it better than I possibly could).
Could you maybe go a bit further into that? Why is coming out to Stella important to Ferrington? We know what Stella does to men - how she turns their brains to pudding - but what about to someone like Ferrington? I would absolutely love a femslash scenario here... It could be explicit (I imagine someone like Stella has a rather practical and non-prudish attitude towards sex and might not care too much about gender) or it could be something more subtexty, an implied crush and some flirtation. As long as there's female bonding in there I'll be so very, very pleased:)
2. Birds of Prey (comic)
I was a huge fan of Oracle, superhero with a disability, and to say I frown upon DC's decision to "cure" her would be a gross understatement. There are so few well-rounded, strong, female characters with a disability out there and they robbed us of one of the greatest! So... I'm hoping you can tell me some of the stories about her that will never be properly published now.
What I'm looking for are stories that empower Barbara/Oracle without taking away her disability. I'd love to hear of her superhero bad-assery in the field (not just from behind her computer screen, although computer bad-assery is awesome too), and I want to see her co-work with her female superhero colleagues.
I would also really like her to be depicted as a sexually active being - however in that respect I'm a femslash-only kind of girl. I like men, but only when they're dressed, as someone once put it.
Finally, if you feel like being a bit political and poke fun/come down with a steel-fist at disability related prejudices and issues such as inaccessibility it would please me immensely:)
3. Daria (cartoon)
I wouldn't have survived puberty if not for Daria. She was my cartoon hero, my alter ego - if only I had been as adept at sarcasm...
For this Yuletide story, however, I would like the spotlight to be a little more on her friend, Jane. One of the Daria movies hinted at the possibility that Jane might be at least bisexual. And I think that would make sense in many ways... She never seemed all that interested in Tom while she was dating him. So I would like this side of Jane to be explored more. Feel free to bend the canon timeline so that they are still in high school when this takes place. I'd like to know what Jane is experiencing, how it affects her friendship with Daria if at all, how she figures herself out... In other words a typical teenage-angst story of sexual confusion but with the addision of Daria and Jane wit:) Also, it could be hilarious to have Mr. O'Neils horribly misplaced empathy play a part.
4. Miss Marple - Agatha Christie
I love a good old mystery with a couple of red herrings thrown in there for good measure. And I always had a fondness for Miss Jane Marple. She uses people's prejudices about little old ladies (sweet, meek, fragile... etc.) to disguise the fact that she is sharp as a nail and able to spot bad guys before the police do. She is an excellent character reader and knows people everywhere.
However, I have been wondering about Jane's love life. Still a Miss, not a Mrs... Has there really never been anyone? Perhaps another equally bright Miss Something? Maybe there still is? Maybe Jane's old flame, who eventually married a man but is now widowed, needs Jane's help with a present-day mystery allowing them to rekindle? And what will Jane's nephew think of all this? I can't wait to find out!
5. 17th Century CE RPF - Christina Queen of Sweden
Queen Christina was unusual in many ways. She ruled from a young age. She was well-educated and interested in science, which was rare for a woman at her time. And she was, supposedly, somewhat butch and possibly a lesbian. Greta Garbo hinted at this in the film "Queen Christina" where she cross-dresses and kisses her female servant on the lips. But Garbo's character eventually went after a man - in accordance with the Hollywood norms of the 30s (...and of today, who are we kidding), but not in accordance with history.
So what sort of relationship might the real Queen Christina have experienced, if she were indeed a lesbian? How might she have defined herself, how might she have dealt with crushes or romances with other women at a time where the word "lesbian" had not yet been coined? What would her options have been? I would like to know!
Historical details and accuracy, especially concering 17th century concepts of homosexuality, romantic friendships, sex and gender, will be greatly appreciated:)
...Finally I just wish you good luck with your writing! And really, my taste is pretty broad. So if you're having fun writing your story, I'll probably have fun reading it as well:)