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Dear RarePailr Fest Author [Jun. 22nd, 2014|04:19 pm]
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Dear RarePair Fest Author,

First! Thank you for writing for me. This is very exciting and I hope you will find something helpful/inspiring in this letter :)

GENERAL STUFF

Parings/Sex/Ratings:
Likes:
-Slash, het. (Fem is fine in background parings. Generally, I like gen, but this is a pairing fest, so I do kinda expect pairing :) )
-Love-triangles
-All ratings up to and including R
-A focus on the romantic/emotional aspect of a relationship and some semblance of a plot/point rather than just sex.

Dislikes/Rather-Nots
-Threesomes/moresomes and polyamory
-Incest (unless specifically asked for)
-Parings with large age disparity (over 15 years) unless specifically asked for
-Pedophilia (please keep minors in sexual relationships with adults 16 and over; if both partners are teens, 14-15 is ok if treated appropriately.)
-NC-17 and PWPs
-BDSM and heavy kink (scat, watersports, bloodplay, necro, etc)
-Humiliation (both sexual and not)
-Non-con/rape (dub-con that leans toward/ends up as consensual is ok)
-MPreg
-Cross-dressing and genderbending/genderswap
-Bestiality

Genres/Themes (and such):
Likes:
-Angst
-Hurt/comfort (mainly of the m/m variety, including both slash and gen)
-Fluff, banter, cuddling/snuggling, adorable!fic
-Dark!fic
-Well-rounded characters, characters with emotions/motives, doing the wrong things for the right reasons

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
-(very) obviously intentional OOCness, character bashing
-Gore, gratuitous violance
-Any sort of glorification of bullying, or bullying being excused/condoned in the narrative (this includes things like victim blaming, etc)

FANDOMS

Harry Potter
Antonin/Pansy. Given the age difference, It would be cool if Antonin was around Lucius’ age (or in that generation, rather than, say Riddle’s). I’m not really looking for this to be a Lolita thing or anything lol, but I do feel like it could be such glorious UST. I kinda prefer UST with this one, though a resolution would be cool too. I kinda see Pansy as being fascinated with Dolohov as an older man and someone who has a lot of authority in the Dark Lord’s ranks. I also would be interested in seeing this from Tony’s POV though, how does he feel about Pansy? Is this more platonic/psudo-romantic where he is all protective of her as a young girl or is it a guilty pleasure sort of attraction to this lovely young woman. I love a strong Pansy, but she’s still very young and I think that will have an impact.

Remus/Evan. I think what I like the most about this paring is the possibilities and impossibilities that it presents. Different houses, backgrounds, ideologies etc and to see how that can work together would be wonderful. I suppose it would start as an accident of some sort or perhaps a bet or a set up or something and then evolve into something more. I think both of them are too dedicated to their respective causes to ever switch sides which, I suppose, would preclude a happy ending but I think that's the beauty of this paring - it can be so deliciously psychologically messed up and complicated. It's all about war and hate and desire. It helps that I really like both of these characters.

Regulus/Evan. I’m stepping away from the Snape angst for a minute here (as I usually ship Sev/Evan). I really like both Regulus and Evan. Albeit, headcanon plays a large role here, but I think my Regulus headcanon, at least, is pretty close to fandom’s mainstream interpretation. Although, I do have a theory that Regulus’ betrayal of Voldemort was more personal than ideological, i.e. he still believed in the Cause but he thought that Voldemort was a horrible leader, saw through his politics to the selfish ambitions, realized that Voldemort would destroy anyone and anything in order to get his way. Anyway…more on topic. I would love to see anything from angst to fluff with these two. War romance are lovely because there is so much potential for heightened emotions, for hurt/comfort, for desperation. A romance built on a school/childhood friendship and re-enforced by brothers-in-arms implicit trust. That’s a hell of a bond right there. I know this is all very vague, but I don’t want to limit you in plot, so just…tell me a compelling love story (that is, a story about love, not necessarily a romantic novel cliché.)

A Song of Ice and Fire
Jaime/Sansa. I’m pretty sure that this paring is mostly an excuse for me to put my fave male character and my fave female character into a ship together…but besides that I am interesting in seeing how this works. Future!fic would be interesting. Either far-future with that whole trope with Sansa as the Queen in the North and Jaime as the captain of her Queensguard (and her lover!). Or more near-future type thing where all the chaos is still going on, no sign of Dany or anything yet, but Jaime finds Sansa and tries to find a way to keep her safe and they fall in love in the process. Or some sort of AU where Sansa is the Lady of Casterly Rock as Jaime’s wife... I enjoy the Fair Maiden and Gallant Knight trope. IDK, I’m not very good at prompting for this paring, but hopefully you get the general idea.

Gerris/Quentyn. I was pretty upset when Quentyn died. He was a rather minor character, all things considered, and I do think he got cheated a bit – exploited for story/plot points. But from what we got out of him, I really did like him. I feel like I’m yearning for some closure or something, so I feel like something from Gerris’ POV would be awesome. Something along the lines of post-character-death angst. Interwoven with memories, either in flashbacks or narrative form, I’m not fussed. Of course, I don’t want to limit you to that scenario. I do like Gerris a lot too, independent of Quent, so their youth together, lots of banter – that would be awesome too. I admit to really enjoying the Prince/King and His Servant/Squire/Knight/What have you (knight, in this case) trope.

War and Peace
Dolokhov/Anatole. I adore them together. I think Theodore really does love the boy SO MUCH. He obviously tries to take care of him in his own way (see scene where Theodore tries to talk Anatole out of running away with Natasha). And canon even says that Anatole “genuinely loves” Dolokhov :D You could do anything with them! Happy, fluffy summertime fic. Banter, first time, UST (especially at a ball ;) ), friendship-turned-more, drunk fooling around – it all works! As does mushy hurt/comfort. As does awfully angsty war!fic. How does Theodore take Anatole’s death at Borodino? What about that whole Anatole/Natasha thing? How does that fit in? Not to say that their relationship has to be flawless. With someone like Theodore it’s never going to be. I’m sure there would be plenty of jealousy and cheating and hurting each other (probably unintentional on Anatole’s end and intentional on Dolokhov’s). There’s just so much chemistry between them! Can you tell how excited I am? Just do whatever you think fits and I’ll be falling over with squealing delight.

Dolokhov/Sonya. How I want her to have a happy ending and how sad it is that Dolokhov is never even mentioned in the epilogue. I wouldn’t mind an AU where Sonya accepts his proposal or at some point realizes Nikolai isn’t worth waiting for or something. I would even more love a post-war fic because then Nikolai is married and Sonya has no ties to him anymore. (I think this is important because I somehow feel it would have diminished Sonya in Theodore’s eyes had she “jumped” men at the time that he proposed.) I would love-love-love for them to have a happy ending together. I think this could be such a sweet pairing!

Dolokhov/Nikolai. This was actually the first paring I shipped in this fandom. They’re very cute, I think. I’d love to see a scene from that summer they spent together in Moscow after the duel when Nikolai’s family is out in the country. Or maybe a post-duel hurt/comfort fic? Throwing someone like Dolokhov into a situation where he’s hurt and vulnerable can be so interesting. Or Nikolai’s reaction to the card game? Why such a “messy” break-up? (We know in canon it’s Sonya but was it really?)

Pierre/Anatole. I especially like the idea of this being a start-of-book or pre-book paring. Maybe they got together in Paris during Pierre’s time at University? They’re both just such boyish sweethearts (Pierre changes but he starts like that, at least!). I can also imagine a Pierre/Anatole/Dolokhov (not necessarily in that order) triangle. You could play an Anatole/Pierre/Andrei Bolkonski triangle if you want, but in this case I would like to see Pierre being pretty torn over the whole thing. Post-war angst and regret is always a go. (I actually had this AU thought a little while ago – what if Dolokhov puts Anatole in Pierre’s care after Borodino and Pierre takes him away from Moscow after evacuation and feel like he has to take care of Anatole and Anatole lives and they kind of…bond and end up bridging their differences and stuff and…yea.)

Anatole/Natasha. The one Natasha paring I honestly love. These two are so…gah! It’s so teenage romance/first love and they completely lose their heads. I wish I knew what prompt to give you but I’m pretty sure that anything – even just a canon-tight expansion on their romance – would be fantastic! I’d rather not have dark!fic with them or anything like that but angst is certainly fine. This was the one time I really sympathized with Natasha and I think Anatole was not devious at all here. Immature and irresponsible? Sure. But he’s not some evil seducer, more like a boy who gets the biggest crush in the world and allows his imagination to run away with him.

 
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