Dear Yuletide Writer,
Firstly, I would like to say thank you for the time and effort that you are willing to put into making me a wonderful winter-holiday gift :) As a disclaimer: I konw that my prompts for War and Peace are dispraportionately long but that does not mean I wouldn't be ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED to recieve fic in the other fandoms I asked for. Please, don't worry about this, I just happen to have 3 billion concrete ideas for that fandom but I love all 4 of these! Now,I suppose you are here looking for details, so without further ado…
-Het and gen
-All ratings up to R
-A focus on the romantic/emotional aspect of a relationship and some semblance of a plot/point rather than just sex
-Femslash as a major focus (I don’t have a problem with it, I just don’t ship fem in these fandoms)
-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)
-Non-con/rape (dub-con that leans toward/ends up as consensual is ok)
-Cross-dressing and genderbending/genderswap
Genres/Themes (and such):
I love angst! I LOVE hurt/comfort. Especially of the m/m variety ;) Fluff and mush are lovely. Cuddling/snuggling and adorable!fic are great too.
I definitely don’t mind things like Dark!fic and character death.
Humor is fine too. Give me adorable banter or – where appropriate – family and/or friendship fic and I’m sure you’ll put a smile on my face :) However, I’m not the biggest fan of crack!fic/parody. UAs of the “what if” variety are fine and I do enjoy well-done modernizations of historical (set pre-1850) fandoms, but not so much radical AUs that subvert the universe (genderswaping the cast, setting a modern fandom as a fairytale, turning a historical fandom all Sifi, etc).
I like well-rounded characters. Give me characters that have motives and feeling and don’t look like a stereotype cardboard cut-out. I also realize that characterization is fairly up to interpretation but just don’t give me something obviously intentionally out of characters. PLEASE don’t bash any of my requested characters. (I don’t see why anyone who offered to write a character would but just in case :)
I feel like most other things are fandome specific so…onward to the fandoms!
Voyná i mir | War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
Characters Requested: Any (Dolokhov, Helene, Sonya, Pierre)
RE Dolokhov’s first name: I’m use to the translated version – Theodore – and I’ll use that in this letter but if you’re used to the transliterated version – Fyodor – feel free to use that in the fic. I’m not fussed at all. (Same goes for other variants ei: Nikolai v Nicholas. Whatever you’re comfortable with.)
The book is in the public domain so finding it free online shouldn’t be an issue, but if you need somewhere to start HERE is one place you can try.
Let’s start with: I ADORE THIS FANDOM OMG and have wanted a fic in it for ages. Barring a couple of hard and fast deal-breakers, I’ll be pretty happy with most things you could possibly think of centered around one of those four characters or any combination therefore.
Deal breakers: First, Bolkonskis. I don’t like them – any of them – I don’t want them as central characters or part of the central happy couple. This doesn’t mean “go character bash them and make them evil” and I’m fine with them in love triangles of angst, but I’d rather these characters be generally absent or peripheral (or as the antagonists or just angst-causers for the main paring, if you like). Second, Pierre/Natasha. Other than that, I’m not picky.
I’ll go through slash parings first, then het parings, then maybe some more babbling and gen prompts/ideas for each of the characters.
Dolokhov/Anatole are my OTP of all time! 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/Nikolai 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?)
Dolokhov/Petya – this is canon. No really.
"Really!" he cried, "you are such a hero! Oh, how fine, how splendid! How I love you!"
"All right, all right!" said Dolokhov. But Petya did not let go of him and Dolokhov saw through the gloom that Petya was bending toward him and wanted to kiss him. Dolokhov kissed him, laughed, turned his horse, and vanished into the darkness.
-- Book 14, Chapter 9
This, and just the whole French Camp Expedition episode is SO intense and sparks are flying all over the place. Petya’s hopelessly in love if you ask me. And Dolokhov is uncharacteristically gentle with him…
Anatole/Pierre. I was converted to this paring, actually and now it is one of my favorites. 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 is always a go.
Ok, I know I said Bolkonskis are deal breakers, but if you can make a Dolokhov/Andrei Bolkonski paring work in character I’d be interested in seeing what you do with it. Actually, I think I would be pretty happy with any Dolokhov slash paring within reason (see age difference rule above).
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/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.
If you want to do Sonya/Nikolai that’s great too. A happy ending AU maybe? Letters while Nikolai is away in the army? I would like to see Nikolai struggle over what he did to Sonya, even if he considered that making the choice of money over love was the right one at the moment. Ooooh. Or an affair during his marriage! That would be NICE ;)
Pierre/Sonya may seem like a strange paring but I would be interested in seeing how something like that might play out. I’d really rather he’d ended up with her than Natasha to begin with. Post-war is preferable but, you know, whatever takes your fancy.
Gen and etc
Dolokhov is obviously close to his mother and sister. But where is his father? Did he die? If yes, was it something tragic like a duel? Did Theodore know him at all? How did this effect Theodore and his personality growing up? Or maybe a tender moment with his little sister. (She’s a hunchback; we don’t know to what extent but either way, given that time’s medicine there were bound to be health issues involved.) He’s supposed to be an awesome brother. Let’s see that! Anatole and Dolokhov Friendship!fic would be very-very welcome if you don’t like slash. I would love to read about their antics, either as young men or something from their childhood together. Dolokhov’s older so he’d be like an older brother, holding a mentor/protector role. Basically, Dolokhov is my absolute love and I’d love just about anything that allows him to be awesome (in which ever way that is).
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 (in this scenario without the incest lol).
A fic about Pierre’s friendship with Anatole and how that fell apart would be interesting. I feel like canon isn’t quite clear WHAT EXACTLY went wrong between them. There isn’t any definitive scene or narrative segment. If this doesn’t work…I would enjoy a moment between Pierre and his children (introduced in the epilogue). What advise could he give his oldest daughter Masha or his son Petya? What is his relationship like with them? I feel like Pierre could be a good father. (Again, not Pierre/Natasha…just Pierre and the kids :) )
Sonya! I’m not sure what prompt to give you but let me just say that I love her and I’m sure I would be pleased with just about anything you write centered on her. She is a character I relate to and identify with a lot and is probably my favorite female character in lit (or, like, anywhere). I love her ability to sacrifice her happiness for that of others and I love how she is still a strong woman in her own way without being a feminist at all. It's an inner sort of strength that isn't always obvious at first sight.
I know all that looks like a LOT. Please don’t stress over it. These are all just things I love but optional details are optional and you can write whatever wonderful plot bunnies pop into your head. I would just appreciated if you avoided my turn-offs and if you want to follow what I wrote here then that’s bonus points. But I’m sure I will love whatever story you chose to write!
Characters Requested: Roland Emerson
HERE you can find links to where you can stream the canon.
This was such a fun and emotionally involving movie. Even with all of its faults and scientific flaws. I love Roland and I was really sad that he had to die, but it almost adds to the appeal of the character. I think I would love just about anything with him – gen, slash, het, doesn’t matter.
I would love to read about his feelings during the lunar mission or before it, while they are still figuring out what to do with the situation or even pre-movie. I would be very happy with a Roland/Martina fic as well. They are such a cute couple and anything at all that stays true to their canon relationship would be wonderful. I think Marina is a strong woman but one who loves Roland enough to stay with him even through all of his workaholic tendencies. I would enjoy a fic about how they met, for example, if you are looking to do something pre-movie.
Then there is Roland/Alex. I wasn’t even shipping this paring until…until the last 15 or so minutes of the movie happened. Alex’s idiotic heroism – “we’re not leaving anyone behind!” – and how strangely sad he looks on the flight back home when you’d think he’d be jumping for joy at having saved the planet and going back to his kids (and apparently the woman he’d had a crush on at least before but they just have no chemistry IMO). There is just something about this tense UST almost feeling that is there between them, especially when they make eye contact or smile at each other (like in that scene right before Roland is told they’ve found Martina). So I would love a shippy fic with them. For something pre-film... well they’ve obviously met each other before so, have they worked together? Did they, perhaps, meet as university students at some awesome international student conference? Seriously, whatever strikes your fancy.
Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
Characters Requested: George Osborne, William Dobbin
Just as a note: 2004 movie canon seems to mess with characterization quite a bit so let’s just ignore that version, k? :) Oh, and Becky. I have no love for her either, so lets leave her out of this as much as possible, k? Ok :)
So. I will admit to angling for a slash fic here. These two definitely have their issues, mainly that George doesn’t really have any qualms about taking advantage of William. I don’t really want it to be completely one sided but it’s obviously that George mostly does as he pleases and William is the one who would “wait up” so to speak. I’d love an exploration of their relationship (romantic or friendship if you’re particularly slash-averse). Also, George dies in the war. I think this is brilliant fodder for angst. We know that Amelia struggles with George’s death and I’d really like to see its affects on William (regardless of if you’re writing slash or gen). I wish I had more concrete prompts here but really, anything that’s genuinely emotional between these two would be great!
PS: Amelia is a lovely girl. While I’m not looking for her to be focus, please don’t bash her and I have no problem with on-the-side George/Amelia or William/Amelia.
Imperium: Augustus (2003)
Characters Requested: Gaius Octavius
I’m especially interested in Octavius’ younger days rather that when he’s already old with a daughter and that whole part of the movie. Anything with the three boys (Octavius, Agrippa, Maecenas) would be absolutely fantastic! Gen friendship and all their escapades together would be very fun to read, banter and all that. I would love an Octavius/Agrippa slash fic or even an Octavius/Maecenas slash fic. I honestly thought that Maecenas kissing Octavius was the cutest thing ever. And Agrippa was just sorta standing there watching them. Triangle? I think yes! Although, I kinda see it as Maecenas being the one who doesn’t get what he wants while Octavius and Agrippa are the couple, but that can change if you like. I'm also very fond of Octavius/Livia, especially at the start of their relationship, if you would like a het option :)
Have fun! Happy Yuletide!