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Dear Shipswap Author Letter [May. 31st, 2012|03:05 am]
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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.



Likes: slash, het (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), parings with large age disparity (over 10 yrs) unless specifically stated otherwise, pedophilia, characters under 16 involved in sexual situations/relationships, PWPs, BDSM and heavy kink (scat, watersports, bloodplay, necro, etc), non-com/rape, MPreg, cross-dressing, genderbending/genderswap, bestiality.

Genres/Themes (and such):
Likes: angst, hurt/comfort (especially 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*, intentional OOCness, character bashing (unless it’s Moriarty, you can bash him lol)

*not because I hate crossovers, but because I’m picky and if I don’t know the crossover fandom I’m afraid I won’t enjoy the fic as much.


(Fandoms are discussed in alphabetical order)

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 than 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 attracting 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 friends :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/Lysander Scamander
These two! I can see angst for them, if you want, but I think for me this has always been more of a romantic/fluffy type paring. I see both of them in Slytherin but I’m not very picky about Lysander’s house. Please, let Scorpius be a Slytherin though. 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. I think I have an especially soft stop for mush and h/c with this paring though, if you’d like a genre direction :)

Game of Thrones
Cersei Lannister/Jaime Lannister
Ok, yes, the canonical incest paring ate my brain. I love me a protective Jaime, a BAMF Jaime. I just love Jaime, lol. I don’t really care where you take this; I think I just want to see that sort of horrifying yet fascinating blend of brother/sister closeness and affection and lovers passion. I haven’t read the books but I don’t really care if you give me Lannister-related spoilers, I’ve probably already read them. However, keep in mind that I might not know what you’re talking about lol. I’m sorry, I really do with this was more helpful.

Sherlock BBC
John Watson/Molly Hooper
I kinda feel bad for Molly. I think I just really identify with her and Sherlock’s treatment of her…is totally in character for Sherlock, but that doesn’t make it that much better does it? Somehow I just feel like she and John would be a good fit. Maybe not in a fiery, passionate romance sort of way or anything, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be meaningful. I would love to see a fic where Molly actually doesn’t know about Sherlock being alive (I don’t care how that works out) and she and John start to bond over memories of Sherlock and their shared sense of loss and then end up getting closer and closer to each other, etc. But I would also enjoy seeing a similar scenario in which Molly does know about Sherlock’s plan/that he’s alive and see what extra tension that adds to her relationship with John.

The Borgias
Juan Borgia/Djem
It made me so sad when that whole thing happened at the end of The Moor episode. Given canon, I know this can get quite dark and angsty, but I would like the paring to be mostly genuine. I would love to see a slash spin on Juan’s decision to kill Djem, perhaps jealousy over Lucrezia? Either way, I don’t think this was an easy choice for him to make. Also -- *a little sheepishly* -- I would love a slightly AU expansion of that scene where Juan comes in to suffocate Djem and finish the job, wherein there is initial hurt/comfort.

Juan Borgia/Sancia
This is just such a sexy paring. At least I think it is. I’m not particularly picky as to plot here. I just love Juan and I thought all of his scenes with Sancia were really hot. I’m not looking for a PWP but sexual tension and some resolution would be great. I would love to see an expansion on what we see in canon of their affair. Even better if Juan is still trying to look out for Geoffrey along the way (like when he says to Sancia before her wedding night “be good to him”). You can take a more romantic rout too. I can’t see them as too mushy but I wouldn’t be adverse to a more romantic approach.

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 Bezukhov/Anatole Kuragin
I was actually converted to this paring and now I see how much potential it has. I’m partial to pre-canon scenarios for them, especially for the more fluffy genres. I can totally see this paring as a first love thing for both of them. I wouldn’t be adverse, however, to a more angsty approach where they’re both replacing the people they actually love (Bolkonski, Dolokhov respectively) with each other. I would also be really interested in seeing canon events filtered through the lens of this paring. Also, Pierre’s feelings when he learns of Anatole’s death? Angst!

Theodore Dolokhov/Anatole Kuragin
OMG. The paring to end all paring for me. This is my absolute OTP. Which technically means that I really don’t care where you take it as long as they are both in love with each other at the end of the day (even if they don’t exactly end up together). Seriously, everything from fluff, to angst, to dealing with Anatole affair with Natasha, to plotty relationship development, to hurt/comfort – OMG Borodino broke my heart! – to major post-war angst wherein Theodore deals with Anatole’s death. Seriously, anything goes. There’s so much tension: in personalities, in class status, in the fact that they’re two men at a time when same-sex relationships were seen exclusively as an abomination and had to be secret – and yet they have so much potential for perfection!

Theodore Dolokhov/Nikolai Rostov
These two are so sad. Nikolai is so in love with Dolokhov and Theodore just totally pushes him under a bus, so to speak, with that card game. It doesn’t have to be one-sided at all, though. Dolokhov being Dolokhov, he could have totally suddenly decided it was time to end things for any number of reasons. You can explore the emotional fall out of the card game or post-duel h/c, or just something fluffy during that summer they spent together in Moscow before Nikolai introduces Theodore to him family.

Theodore Dolokhov/Sonya Rostov
This is one my favorite het parings ever. I think these two are perfect for each other and I was always really sad that Sonya turned him down. I would equally love an AU where Sonya says yes to Dolokhov’s proposal or a post-war fic where they meet again and their relationship develops from there. Nikolai is married by now so Sonya has no need to stay 100% faithful to him or anything. After all, he ditched her. You can go for angst or romantic fluff, both are great.

I hope you have fun writing!


[User Picture]From: imera
2012-09-17 10:16 am (UTC)
Now that you have received my story, I can finally comment on this :D

When I agreed to pinch hit for you I was almost exhausted from reading your likes and dislikes part, not sure why, maybe because I like several of the things you dislike, but I think mostly because there were some plots that wouldn't work (not that I planned to use the plots, not while I had that nice Pansy/Antonin plot in my head)

I do love your pairings list, and after the shipswap I have fallen slightly for Antonin. I also can't get the Evans/Severus pairing out of my head now. And Scorpius/Lysander <3 I wrote a large fic for some next gen last year, never finished because my beta forgot about it, but I think it was so much fun. Doubt you would read it because one of your squicks :P I can't wait to explore them further, suck a sweet couple :D
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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2012-09-17 07:15 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed your fic, thank you once again. OMG lol I'm sorry if my dislikes list gave you a hard time. There are lots of things I'll try to read in general but for fests I try to play it safe becasue on a lot of those there's kinda a thin line between interesting a huge squick so I'd rather not risk it lol. (Like, for example, fics that seriously deal with rape and the aftermath can be super interesting but I don't like non-con as a kink.)
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[User Picture]From: imera
2012-09-17 09:36 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, I had the plot ready in my mind before I read this list XD And I completely understand that the line is thin :)
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