Dear Yuletide Author,
First of all: thank you for writing for me! I can't wait to see what you come up with!
I'll list some general likes and dislikes I have first, and then my fandom specific stuff (though that will probably just be copied over from AO3).Likes:
Just about everything. I'm good with action, drama, angst, humor, darkfic. Sometimes romance, if it works with the canon or I specified a pairing or two that I like. I prefer the focus to be on plot. I like cheese and kitsch, world building, high fantasy and sci fi. If you've seen Power Rangers, it's a favorite thing of mine, largely because it's so ridiculous and cheesy.
As far as writing goes, I am okay with whatever POV you want to write from. First, third, it's fine with me. I'm warier of second, but if your idea demands it go for it. Past tense, present tense are fine. Future tense is also fine if you want to attempt that for some reason. Any rating is acceptable, from G to MA.
Happy ending? Great! Downer ending? Also great! Rocks fall, everyone dies? Probably also great, depending on the fandom! (I wouldn't want that for Court of Fives, but for most of the others go full speed ahead.)Dislikes:
I'm not really into heavy kinks or things like Alpha-Omega dynamics. I'd rather not receive a fic like that... but again, if your idea demands it, I can probably roll with it.Hard nos:
Please do not write anything for me with twin tropes. This is one of the few things that can make me instantly hate a story. I'll spare you the rant (see my request for Court of Fives if you really care), but please no.Court of Fives - Kate Elliott
I was totally drawn into the universe of this book, so if you want to ignore my character requests and go for straight world building/exploring, by all means do so. In general, I want to know all the things about all the characters in this series. How did Amaya and Denya meet? Are they girlfriends or just friends? There are some interesting hints about Bettany in Court of Fives, but then she disappears. What is she up to while Jessamy and the others are trying to recover from their unfortunate situation? I oved Jessamy as a protagonist, and I'd like to see more about her. What was she like before the story? How did she feel when she first snuck out to train for the fives? One of my favorite things about this book is the relationship between Jessamy and Bettany - how they're separate individuals with their own personalities and interests, despite the fact that they're twins. That's something you hardly ever see and, as a twin myself, it's really special to me.
Please do not write me fic for this book where Jessamy and Bettany are acting out any of the classic twin tropes. I don't want to see them switching places or tricking people by being visually interchangeable, I don't want to see them as halves of some perceived whole, I don't want to see them finishing each other's sentences, or otherwise being dehumanized because they look alike. All of those are HUGE nos for me.Black Crystal Sword Saga - Ancient Bards
ShenaCanon LinksPart One: The Alliance of the KingsPart Two: Soulless ChildPart Three: A New Dawn Ending
There are some (optional) expansions to the songs on Sara Squadrani's blog
This trilogy is cheesy. It's shallow, and it's got magic and dragons and laughably thin characters. And I think it's really great. If you want to go a more high fantasy route, do it. If you want to ramp up the cheese and just run with it, please do! Feel free to write about any or all of the characters I listed here, and including Alron or Rahed is fine with me even though they aren't on the list. (You can include any extra details from Sara Squadrani's blog posts about this saga or not.)
If it helps at all, my favorite songs from the saga are The Birth of Evil, All That Is True, Soulless Child, Through My Veins, and Hope Dies Last.
Here are some ideas for things I'm curious about:
Daltor - Why did Sendor target Daltor and his father? What was with the whole bear thing? When and how did he learn to tame dragons like that?
Dorus - Just how much autonomy does he have? Is he just a puppet, 100% controlled by Sendor, or can he act on his own at all?
Sendor - How did he find out about the black crystal sword in the first place? Or, how did he meet Shena? What was it that brought them together?
Shena - What's a kerim? They're described as "elves of ice," but that's not much to go on. Why was it illegal for her to be in a relationship with Sendor?Galtar and the Golden Lance
TormackCanon LinkGaltar and the Golden Lance on Veoh
This series was one of my favorites when I was a kid, and I seem to be about the only person who's ever heard of it. Any fic for this fandom that I didn't write would make me happier than I could say. I'm always curious about the characters' backstories in this series, since we don't get a lot of information on that from the show. What was Galtar's life like before he met Goleeta? What was Goleeta's family like? What motivates Tormack? I also really like that Goleeta and Rava have this rivalry of sorts going on. If you want to write something exploring that in more detail, go for it!Ancient Aliens
I'll be honest: I just want any fic where anybody from this show meets an actual alien. I'd prefer it to be as silly as possible, but serious fic is also fine.