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Dear Yuletide Author,

Thank you so much for writing for me! This is my very first time participating, and I'm really excited to see what stories come out of this challenge.

I've made public all of my posts about Yuletide in the past, so that you can get an idea of what kind of stories I like and why.

Slings and Arrows
You know those moments in the show when Geoffrey starts talking about Shakespeare, and the swirly music starts, and you know that something magical is going to be revealed? That's what I love best! I love when Geoffrey talks about the text, when the characters' actions mirror what's going on in the play they're producing, and when the actors start to feel Shakespeare's words coming alive. So, I'd like a story that focuses on the production of a play. Maybe Geoffrey is doing another one of his adult-education classes? Maybe they're just experiencing one of their usual plagued productions, but then everything magically comes together for the dress rehearsal? Something like that.

My favorite Slings and Arrows fic is No King of England - that's the kind of story I like. My favorite Shakespeare plays are Much Ado, Twelfth Night, and Midsummer, but really, I love them all.

I'm not usually a fan of Darren, and I'm not really interested in the Geoffrey-Ellen relationship - what I want to see most is the theater. I'd also love for something nice to happen to Anna, because I like her.

The Night Circus
This is one of my favorite books, and I'm always torn between wanting to continue living in the world and wanting to leave the story just as it is because it's complete already.

My favorite characters are Poppet and Widget, so I'd love it if you could feature them. But mostly, I love the circus itself. I love the hazy boundary between magic and reality; I love the sense that there's infinitely more about the circus that we don't know; I love the way that the reveurs made the circus into a better place and the circus's makers into better people, just by loving it.

This is an exception to my usual preference for heavily plotted stories, because it's the atmosphere and tone of The Night Circus that I love best. So, don't feel that you need to make a lot happen :) I'd be happy with a story set at any time during the book or after.

I'm so sad that this show got cancelled! Please, tell me more about the girls' stories! The core friendship among the four girls is one of my favorite things about the show, so I'd love a story that features that relationship and shows how it develops as time goes on. How does their friendship change as they get closer to graduating high school?

If you want to focus the story around one girl, Boo is my favorite. I'd really love a story that shows her gaining confidence, either in her dancing ability or another aspect of her life. And, what happens when her new sibling is born? What happens in her relationship with Carl?

I'd be happy with a romance between two of the girls, but it's not mandatory.

Lizzie Bennet Diaries
I requested Gigi and Jane, but I'd really be happy with anything and anyone. Gigi and Jane came to mind because they're both very nice and slightly submissive, but actually not that alike, and because both have grown immensely over the course of the last year. How would they get along together? How would they solve problems together? How would they help each other through difficult situations? I'd prefer not to have any romance between Gigi and Jane, though - I like to think that Jane and Bing are happy together.

I'd love a story set at any time after the end of LBD; after Welcome to Sanditon would be even better.

Corner Gas/Cthulhu
Yes, this is a weird one :)

A couple years ago, when I was living in Canada, I got hooked on Corner Gas. Love the wacky small-town atmosphere; love the way that nothing really happens; love the weird mix of love and hate that everyone has for each other.

And then I saw a car from Saskatchewan, and noticed that their license-plate motto was "Land of the Living Skies."

"Wow," I thought. "That sounds kind of Cthulhu-esque."

Which planted in my brain (er, not in a literal Cthulhu sort of way) the idea for a Corner Gas/Cthulhu crossover. Eldritch and squamous monsters invade Dog River; hilarity and madness ensue.

…and that's as far as I got. I could never actually think of a story to go with the idea.

So, please, Yuletide author, help me find the other half of that idea, and fill in that story!

General Preferences

1. PG-13, please - no explicit violence or explicit sex. No physical or psychological torture. No non-con or dubcon. No relationships between adults and teens. No incest. No violence against children. No abusive relationships. No humiliation. (Seriously, I can't even watch The Office because humiliation makes me cringe so hard.) And please, no 'they act like they hate each other but that's actually because they're in love,' unless that's already been established in canon. I want "no" to mean "no."

2. Romance is awesome! Non-canonical relationships are fine, as long as they fit with the characters as they've already been established. I really want the characters to continue acting according to the personalities that we've seen. So, to take examples I mentioned above, it would be really implausible for Jane Bennet to be dating anyone except Bing Lee, but the Bunheads girls are always splitting up and pairing off again.

3. Genfic is also awesome! While I like romance, and I like exploring the possibilities of new relationships, please don't feel like you have to mention romance - I love genfic, and a lot of my requests are pretty gen.

4. Plot is awesome! I much prefer plotted stories over character studies or strings of snippets. I'm really not a fan of the Five Things structure - please, give me a single continuous story! I also love good dialogue, which is another reason why I prefer plot - it offers more opportunities for good dialogue than internal meditations do.

5. My favorite fics are stories that feel like another episode of the show or another chapter of the book. I absolutely love it when authors can re-create the tone of the original, and I'd very much prefer stories that try to do that.

6. On the other hand, crossovers are also awesome! As you can see from the other stories I've liked in Yuletides past, I think they offer opportunities for some really great creativity. If you can see an opening for a crossover in one of my requests, that would rock. Do you want to put the Bunheads girls at Hogwarts? Go for it! The Night Circus goes to Fallen London? Awesome!

And, once more, thank you! I'm really touched and flattered that you're writing this gift for me.


Becky, aka ladybird97 here, and thelittlestbird on AO3

Date: 2013-10-10 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh, Bunhead Girls at Hogwarts could be awesome. We never talked about the last episode...
And yes, so Sad it got cancelled.

Date: 2013-10-10 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Also, it's interesting - I think one of the major reasons I enjoy both Bunheads and LBD so much is their portrayal of positive and complex relationships between women and girls. Yes, romance is all quite nice, but what made the LBD really work was the buildup of Charlotte and Jane and Lydia as 3-dimensional characters in their own right. (sniffle - Snickerdoodles...) It's always striking to me just how _relaxing_ I find media in which women are portrayed as human beings who have complex relationships with other human beings.

Speaking of which, get your act together, SHIELD - still barely passing the Bechdel Test, and All of the big emotional conversations happen cross-gender.

Date: 2013-10-10 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
sniffle. I keep going back to Amazon Prime to see if there are more episodes of Bunheads that I missed somehow! But no, none have magically appeared :( I'd love to talk to you more about it sometime!

Still haven't seen the latest SHIELD, but the first two, I agree. It does pass the Bechdel test, but only barely.

Date: 2013-10-11 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Possibly my favorite thing about LBD was the Lydia/Mary relationship. I thought that was nifty.

Date: 2013-10-11 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh my gosh, yes! It was so sweet and authentically late-teenager.

Date: 2013-10-11 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It also corrected one of the few things that really bothered me about P&P, which is that some of the portrayals of the three younger sisters seem a bit cheap-shot-y, particularly Mary.

Date: 2013-10-10 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your general fic preferences are basically the same as mine, which is further proof of your awesomeness. ;) The best fics I've read are the ones that read like the original, though they are often the toughest to write.

Date: 2013-10-10 09:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awww, thanks! I will view the similarity as proof of your awesomeness too :)

And, yes, they are super-hard to write. I feel like I'm setting my own bar pretty high to tell my prospective author that!

Date: 2013-10-10 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Now I'm really looking forward to seeing what you end up writing! :)


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