Meretseger (fifmeister) wrote,

DYW Letter

*hums while shamelessly copy-pasting chunks of last year's letter*

Hello, Yuletide writer! Thank you very much in advance for whatever you're going to write this year. :D Here's a bit of general information about my fic preferences that I hope will prove helpful!

What I like: I'm a big fan of both het and gen. Genre-wise, pretty much anything goes! I would say most of what I read falls under the general categories of drama or romance, but I'm also fond of angst, fluff, crack, humor, etc. Smut is perfectly welcome if you're up for writing it, but by no means a necessity. Moving into somewhat more specific territory, I love fics that dig into characters' heads--what they're thinking and feeling, what drives them, how they interact and react to the world around them, and so on. The same is true of relationships--what makes this pairing tick? Why are they together? And so on. That's not to say that I need pages and pages of pondering and introspection, but even just a smattering of details that really help set the scene and make me feel like I'm right there in the middle of it with the characters will make me a happy reader. I also love love love awesome female characters being awesome. That doesn't necessarily have to equate to being physically kickass, either--it could be anything from a witty line of banter to a thoughtful conversation to a creative problem-solving method, just to scratch the surface.

What I'm not so into: Non-con of any kind is my absolute biggest squick. I probably should put dub-con in there too, just to be safe. Slash and femslash are also not my thing. Character bashing and blatant OOC behavior make me instantly hit the back button, and I would also prefer for character death to be avoided if at all possible. While I'm fine with an angsty story, I tend to stay away from extremely dark, crushing, punch-to-the-gut angst. I like my endings happy, or at least bittersweet and/or hopeful.

And now for a few fandom-specific notes:

Alpha Protocol - Whenever I play Alpha Protocol, my Mike always ends up with Mina. I know there are a billion different options for everything in this game, but this is one that I can never bring myself to change! She's the one person who interacts with Mike and helps him out almost constantly throughout the game, and I'm a bit of a sucker for the "good friends and/or colleagues become lovers" trope. I think the number one thing I would like to see would be a fic exploring exactly what happens after the game ends (assuming that they took down Halbech and rode off on the boat together into the sunset). How do they transition from all the recent craziness into a more "normal" existence? Or do they just give normal a miss altogether and carry on with the secret spy business? I think the possibilities for a post-endgame fic are pretty limitless. But really, when it comes to specific details, I'm not picky--there are a grand total of seven Alpha Protocol stories on FFN, and three of those are in Russian, so needless to say there's not much out there for these two. I would be happy to read just about anything!

Babylon 5 - Ivanova is one of my favorite fictional characters ever, so pretty much anything focusing on her would be awesome. In particular, I always had a fondness for the episodes that highlighted all the quirks and snags of daily life on Babylon 5, so I would love to read a "day in the life of Ivanova" type of fic. I'm also a bit of a Marcus/Ivanova shipper, so any kind of UST/bickering/snarking between the two of them would be similarly awesome.

Jeremiah - Markus and Erin were one of those pairings that I shipped before I really even knew what shipping was. I would love to see a fic about what might happen if their friendly/professional relationship ever actually did turn romantic. Would it work out? Would it go horribly wrong? Somewhere in between? That said, if the pairing isn't your thing, I would also be totally fine with a non-shippy fic just focusing on their relationship as it was on the show.

The Mummy - I'm an unabashed ancient history/Egyptology nerd, so for this fandom I would love to see something set in ancient Egypt focusing on Imhotep and Ancksunamun's relationship before the events of the movies. Their first meeting, how they fell in love, how they dealt with any qualms they might have had given the forbidden nature of the relationship, etc. Plus anything touching on the realities of daily life in ancient Egypt, Imhotep's duties as High Priest, the characters dealing with court politics and intrigue, and so on, would make me a very happy camper.

I think that about does it! I hope this info is helpful, and that you have happy holidays and a great Yuletide!
Tags: yuletide 2012
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