|Dear Rare Characters Fest Author
||[Aug. 15th, 2013|08:36 pm]
Dear Rare Characters Author,
First! Thank you for writing for me. This is very exciting and I hope you will find something helpful/inspiring in this letter :)
Likes: Love-triangles, all ratings up to R, romantic/emotional aspects of relationships. Have a special preference for Slash and Gen but love specific Het and Fem as well – not picky concerning background parings.
Dislikes: threesomes, polyamory, incest (unless asked for specifically), cross-gen (unless specifically stated otherwise), pedophilia, characters under 16 involved in sexual situations/relationships, PWPs, BDSM and heavy kink (scat, watersports, bloodplay, necro, etc), non-con/rape, MPreg, cross-dressing, genderbending/genderswap, bestiality.
Genres/Themes (and such):
Likes: angst, hurt/comfort (mainly of the m/m variety), fluff, cuddling/snuggling, adorable!fic, dark!fic, banter, well-rounded characters, characters with emotions/motives
Dislikes: crack!fic/parody, radical AUs that subvert the universe (genderswaping the cast, setting a modern fandom as a fairytale, turning a historical fandom all Sifi, etc), crossovers (unless specifically asked for), intentional OOCness, character bashing
War and Peace
Preferred parings: Dolokhov/Anatole, Dolokhov/Sonya, Dolokhov/Helene, Dolokhov/Nikolai, Dolokhov/Petya
So, since I annoyingly request this fandom pretty much every exchange where it would be appropriate, I have written on this character and my preferred parings/gen scenarios for him. I hate to re-direct you via links but trust me, these will give you all the information you could possibly want (they're my Yuletide letters, so just scroll until you hit the War and Peace heading.) One, Two, Three, Four
Preferred parings: Anatole/Dolokhov, Anatole/Natasha, Anatole/Pierre, Anatole/Helene
Continuing with the above, here are some letters from past exhanges that should provide most of the information you need about what I like about Anatole and the parings I especially like to see: One, Two
I do, however, feel the need to emphasise that I do not view Anatole as a villian by any stretch of imagination. Someone who is irresponsible and imature - yes. But also someone who does not mean any harm, a sort of overgrown child.
Preferred parings: Helene/Dolokhov, Helene/Anatole
I think Helene is a very interesting female character. There’s a lot of hate toward her for obvious reasons but I always chose to see her as a more nuanced, complicated character. She’s obviously close to her father but I think there’s quite a bit of manipulation in that father-daughter relationship from Vasili’s side too. Helene is practical and despite what Pierre may think, I see her as smart rather than stupid. She a woman in a time when women are not supposed to be much more than decorations to the lives of men. Helene plays this interesting role of appearing to society as exactly what they expect of her and yet, when no one’s looking, getting her way through the back door. Given that, I would really love a character study piece of some sort for a gen fic with her. Or, if you want something a little more on the lighter side, a fun fic with her and Anatole. They’re obviously close and I would love to see them interacting as brother and sister who care for one another.
Dolokhov/Helene! They’re great on a whole spectrum of genres and themes. A pre-book teenage romance, their affair after Helene’s marriage, and exploration of the class issues standing between them… I think they can range anywhere from sweet and beautiful, if hopeless, romance to something dark, passionate, complicated and possibly selfish. I think with them I would love to see a “mature” relationship. I think they’re both characters that put up with a lot. I think there’s lots of pressure on Helene from society and her father to be a certain way and I think that leaves its mark. (I’m seriously thinking about the Christina Aguilera song “Reflection” right now.)
Anatole/Helene. They’re the incest exception. It’s just hinted at in canon and it’s just a rumor, but these two have massive chemistry. (I blame the 2007 miniseries for this honestly.) Just please, don’t normalize it, incest isn’t really a normative behavior nor should it be. But I would love to see this very close brother-sister relationship with a sexual tension (unresolved or not) layer and how this effects them and their lives. I see this as a darker, more angsty fic but you can take it wherever it takes you, so to speak.
Preferred parings: Sonya/Dolokhov
As with the boys, I have addressed Sonya at length here and here.
Preferred Parings: Antonin/Bellatrix, Antonin/Pansy.
I would love a First War!fic but one set during the Second War would be great too. I would absolutely love to see Antonin as a strong leader int eh ranks of the Dark Lord, perhaps even a mentor to some of younger Death Eaters. I see both of the parings above as sort of genuine but doomed romances, but you don't have to go in that rout at all. (I should also mention that I'd be good with slash too). My personal head!canon is that Antonin is about Bellatrix's age. For him and Pansy, I do prefer that Tony is under 50 just to take some of the potential creepiness out of the paring. But yea, basically, romance or not I would love anything with Death Eater training/friendship/some human side to the cardboard cutouts we see in canon.
Preferred parings: Evan/Severus, Evan/Remus, Evan/Lily
I love Evan. I see him as one of the more soft-spoken of his lot. You don't have to follow that though. For gen!fic I would love some Death Eater friendship/bonding/training during the First War. The latter two parings I see as opportunities to explore the "on opposite sides of the barricade" trope. The first paring is an OTP of mine. I would especially love to see the emotional fallout of Snape's betrayal on this relationship, both for Evan and Snape.
Wilkes, Mulciber (Jr.)
I like these two in a paring :) But really, I wouldn't be adverse to paring either of them with anyone else of the DEs around their age (Evan, Severus, Regulus, Barty etc). First War!fic makes me very happy, especially DE training and friendship themes. Perhaps dealing with the emotional fallouts of the war, perhaps what drives these boys to fight (I would prefer it be something other than "fear of Voldemort" or "evilness").
Very similar to Antonin, except I don't really ship Augustus with anyone. Spying, war, politics, friendship are some of my favorite themes for these sorts of characters.
I really like Dana and I wish there was more of her. Harvey/Dana is totally my ship and I would love to see more of them, perhaps in their time at Harvard. I love how self-sufficient and confident she is but not without her own womanly vulnerabilities. Also, though, if you're big on femslash, I wouldn't be opposed to seeing how a Dana/Donna paring might work, especially within the canon/non-AU framework.
Gah! I always felt so bad for Harold. He seems like a really nice guy and obviously he's not dumb (I mean, he went to Harvard, come on) but Louis obviously makes him crazy (which I can relate to becasue I can't stand overbearing people, it just crushes my motivation). I would love a character study or maybe something about Harold at his new job. For a paring, I would actually really love a Harold/Jimmy ship.
Preferred parings: Juan/Sancia, Juan/Djem.
I really love Juan. And when I say that I mean season 1 Juan, becasue the writers were totally smoking something during season 2. I like him cocky and self-indulgent but not a bad guy all-around, certainly no worse than Cesare. I don't think Juan i really that incompetent - yea, he's not brilliant but not that many people are, plus there's plenty of pressure on him. If you don't want to write a shippy fic, then maybe something about him and Cesare as kids? I think seeing hurt/comfort for these two would be lovely. They fight so much in canon, but they couldn't have ALWAYS hated each other, could they? I don't even think Juan hates Cesare as much as Cesare hates Juan...
I would love to see her with Juan in a paring! These two are hot together and I wish we got more of their affair on-screen. Alternatively, some family/friendship bonding with Alfonso would also be great :)
The Dark Tower
Cuthbert & Alain
For all the I loved all of the Dark Tower books, Wizard and Glass was certainly my favorite, for a large part becasue I loved Roland's old ka-tet. Bert is a absolute favorite of mine and I would also enjoy an exploration of Alain, who seems a lot more closed off than Bert, and therefore harder to read. Feel free to use Roland as much as you like, as he's certainly an integral part of this trio. I would love to see something post-Majis or a hurt/comfort fic later on after everything goes to hell. I'm partial to the Roland/Cuthbert paring :)