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Dear Shipswap Author Letter [Mar. 8th, 2013|07:00 pm]
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Dear Shipswap Author,
Thank you for writing for me! These parings are near and dear to my heart and I’m very excited that someone will write me a story with one of them.  Optional details are optional, but I suppose you’ve come here looking for some more information, so here’s a quick rundown.

GENERAL STUFF

Parings/Sex/Ratings:
Likes: slash, het, (specific) femslash (and gen but this is a paring fest so…I’d rather have paring, please), love-triangles, all ratings up to R, romantic/emotional aspects of relationships 

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


SPECIFIC FANDOMS/PARINGS

Harry Potter
Antonin Dolohov/Bellatrix Lestrange
This is like one of my HP OTPs. My headcanon is that they are the same age, or about at least, went to school together and were kinda school sweethearts. Bella’s marriage to Roddy was arranged, etc. you don’t have to stick with that at all, though, of course; do with it what you want. I would like it to be at least ultimately mutual, not just a one-sided thing. This can be as romantic or angsty as you want, a mix would be lovely. I would love to see an exploration of their relationship before and/or during the First War but wouldn’t be opposed to Second War fic if that’s what your muse fancies. I will also note, though, that I kinda see Bella’s insanity as largely a product of Azkaban. She can be extremist before then though, if you like, but please, no psycho-Bella pre-Second War.

Antonin Dolohov/Pansy Parkinson
Yea…. The age difference is a little daunting, therefore, I do ask that Tony is no older than 45 here. 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.

Evan Rosier/Severus Snape
This is my HP slash OTP <3 I love the angst potential here. I wouldn’t mind fluff either, though, if you want. I would love to see these two during the First War, perhaps a progression of their relationship. I would seriously like this to be mutual. You don’t have to ignore canon/Lily, I’m all for Severus/Lily, but once she’s out of the picture, I would love to see Sev having a fulfilling relationship with Evan. Oh, yes, hurt/comfort is your friend :D That being said, how does Sev’s betrayal fit into this? How does that effect him emotionally – knowing you’re betraying your friends and your lover? Does Evan have suspicions? And if he does but can’t bring himself to tell/confront Sev – oh the glorious angst! Lol. I wouldn’t mind seeing Sev’s reaction to Evan’s death.

Scorpius Malfoy/ Louis Weasley
These two! I can see lots of angst for them with Scorpius being a Malfoy and Louis being a Weasley but fluff is also wonderful. I can definitely see them fighting against lots of disapproval from their families and perhaps this causing issues in their relationship. They’re also from rather different backgrounds, so I can see that causing problems as well. Not terribly picky about Louis’ house but personal preference says Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw. Please, let Scorpius be a Slytherin, though. I definitely have a soft spot for mush and h/c with these two. I also have a squick for poor!Malfoys or outcast!Malfoys or bullied!Scorpius, etc along those lines and I’d appreciate it if you avoided that trope. Otherwise, just about anything goes.

The L Word
Alice/Tasha.
That Femslash Paring I Get Super Excited Over <3 I love both of them so much! The last season was so heartbreaking when their relationship seemed to be falling apart. But the end also made it seem kind of hopeful. Whatever you chose to write about, I do want a happy ending for them together, that’s really all I ask for. Otherwise, I’m going to be terribly unhelpful and say do with it whatever you like. I love how different they are but how they fit together so well despite all of those differences.  Also, I’m not really a Dana or Alice/Dana fan so keeping Dana out of the picture as much as possible would be preferred. Alice/Tasha are after Dana’s tim on the show so I don’t think this is going to be an issue but I thought it would be worth mentioning. 


War and Peace
(Note: Dolokhov’s name has been both transliterated as Fyodor and translated as Theodore. I will use the latter, AO3 uses the former and I don’t really care which one you use.)

Pierre/Sonya
I do like Pierre. Some things about him later on in the book do bug me but overall I think he’s really sweet. I also love Sonya and I really wish she could have gotten a happy ending. I also think she’s a better fit for Pierre than Natasha and I would love an AU where Pierre choses Sonya. 

Anatole/any
I would like to express a preference for the following: Anatole/Dolokhov, Anatole/Natasha, Anatole/Pierre, Anatole/Helene. However, of course, you may pair him with anyone you like (although please avoid my general squeaks – cross-gen, incest, etc). I just love Anatole so much that I would be happy to see him all sorts of combinations. Although, for something not-very-intuitive some paring background/reasoning in the text would be preferred. I think I’ll leave a few prompts for my preferred parings in case you feel so inclined though:
Dolokhov/Anatole: My OTP. There’s no reason to hide this as a simple look through my lj will probably reveal this. I love them in all sorts of situation: Post-war angst, pre-canon fluff, friends-since-childhood-that-became-more or how-they-met scenarios, fluff, dealing with the whole Natasha elopement thing and all the jealousy that had to go around during that time. I think they fit so well into that protector/protector stereotype but at the same time the paring has the potential to be all sorts of emotionally complicated.
Anatole/Natasha: Anything from expansion on their canon romance to a successful elopement AU. Just please don’t make it creepy – I honestly believe they were both crazy about each other at this point and running away was just a very impulsive, not-thought-out, Romeo-and-Juliet sort of thing.
Anatole/Pierre: Personally, I see this as a pre-canon paring. Although they seemed very happy around each other at the start of the book as well. An Adolescent romance would be sweet, but I’d be happy with some angsty exploration of how their relationship fell apart as well. (For the latter, would be awesome to see how their respective friends might have influenced that.)
Anatole/Helene: The incest exception. I’m not looking for this to be like a normative paring but perhaps not too guilt-trip ladened either. Perhaps some sort of teenage experimentation that leads to more. Prompt: the reason they can’t stay faithful to any of their lovers/spouses is because none of those people could ever compare to their sister/brother.

Dolokhov/any
I would like to express a preference for the following; Dolokhov/Anatole, Dolokhov/Helene, Dolokhov/Sonya, Dolokhov/Nikolai, Dolokhov/Petya.
However, of course, you may pair him with anyone you like (although please avoid my general squeaks – cross-gen, incest, etc). I just love Dolokhov so much that I would be happy to see him all sorts of combinations. Although, for something not-very-intuitive some paring background/reasoning in the text would be preferred. I think I’ll leave a few prompts for my preferred parings in case you feel so inclined though:
Dolokhov/Anatole: OTP. See above^ for more (in the Anatole/any part).
Dolokhov/Sonya: Tie for Het OTP (if that’s possible). I would love an AU where she accepts his proposal and they learn to live together and love each other despite initial differences. OR I would equally love a post-war fic where, after Nikolai marries, they meet again and fall in love. But anything really.
Dolokhov/Helene: Tie for Het OTP. These two are just so…raw, IMO. Anything from a teenage romance to a passionate affair would work great on them. I think they work on a whole range on spectrums and I think their (somewhat similar) personalities both help bring them together but are also probably a cause for much angst.
Dolokhov/Nikolai: So…what went on between the duel and Nikolai introducing his (lover) to his family in the winter? It’s a period of several months and it seems the two grew close during that time and I want details lol. Also hurt/comfort always wins :D
Dolokhov/Petya: These two are practically canon lol. They get such a short time together in canon though, so feel free to do some AUing (is that a word?) in order to give them a little more space for story.

Once again, for Dolokhov and Anatole I really would like any combination that doesn't hit my general squicks. I only listed prompts for the parings I obsess about the most. I could probably make much more complete prompts of parings but I wouldn't have as much to say and it would just take up lots of room. If you've got a paring you really wanna run with, by all means , please do.



I hope you have fun writing!

~Alley
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