Hello there! First off, I have to apologize for the fact that I tend to write DYW letters and then second guess every single word of it because I have a tendency to just randomly blab and my letters aren't as awesome as other letters. It's just me being like "blah blah blah idk i like fic and fic is cool and i like you and idk i like everything!" which is probably not very helpful. So I hope you find at least one helpful thing in here, despite my total dorkiness.
The good news for you, dear Yuletide writer, is that just the thought of someone writing a fic for me is enough to make me gleeful. Which means I am pretty damn easy to please (at least I tend to think so). I just want you to have fun writing whatever you're going to write, don't stress over it and give yourself headaches or toothaches over it, just let it happen and as long as you enjoy it, I will too.
So, on to fandoms & more -- in alphabetical order --
Characters Requested: Finn Abbott, Marina "Em" Marchetti
Summary: "You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.
Availability: Wherever books are sold (probably). Or wherever you get your eBooks from. ;)
Thoughts/Prompts/Etc.: I was so genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It's a really quick read because it's so well-paced. I had gone through a few terrible YA books right before reading this one, so it was a nice breath of fresh air. In most YA books, I end up hating the inevitable love triangle but this book really made it work. Probably because it is, in no way, a traditional love triangle. But most importantly, TIME TRAVEL. TIME TRAVEL IS AWESOME. I also loved the main character and because of the time travel aspects you get to see so many facets of her character, as well as the supporting characters. There are so many complexities and endless possibilities which makes it ripe for fic.
Even though I am only requesting Finn and Em, I would be totally cool if you included Nate and/or James. I just didn't request them so there wouldn't be too much pressure on you to include all 4, but I loooooooove them so feel free to throw them in if it fits the story. As for stories, well, there are so many things! What about one of the 14 other times Finn and Em went back in time to stop the Doctor? None of them are shown in the book and only mentioned in passing, so it would be cool to see them written about. How about what happens immediately after the end of the book? How will this timeline's version of Finn and Em go on? How will they be different from the Finn and Em we've come to know over the course of the book? If you want to stray from canon and explore what could have happened if things had been different, then go for it.
Gen is absolutely fine if you just want to write about Em and Finn's various adventures. But in case you want to know my shipping preferences, Em/Finn are my ultimate OTP, but I also like Marina/James and Marina/Nate. (And for those who haven't read the book and might be taking a peek at this letter, there is a good reason why I sometimes call her Em and sometimes Marina, and also go read this book!)
There are literally ZERO fics for this book as of this writing, so I'd be excited for anything you'd want to write. Honestly, a thousand words of Finn organizing his book shelves would be amazing.
Characters Requested: Leslie Vernon, Taylor Gentry, Doug, Doc Halloran
Summary: The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo, all the while deconstructing the conventions and archetypes of the horror genre for them.
Availability: I really don't know where you could find this for free, and since I don't expect anyone to run out and buy a DVD for canon review, well.... Hi. If you matched on this, it means you are one of the few people who saw this little gem and clearly you are awesome. So congrats on being awesome.
Thoughts/Prompts/Etc.: I just thoroughly enjoyed this movie from beginning to end because I am a HUGE horror geek. It plays with all the tropes and conventions of the slasher genre SO cleverly that I spent the entire first time watching it grinning like a goofball. I just adore this little movie.
I would love love love love to see what happens after the movie, especially since it seems the filmmakers have been unable to get funding to produce the sequel. Does Leslie go after Taylor again? (Of course he would, right?) Would Taylor ever be able to look past what he does and care for him in a romantic way? (Jamie was Eugene's Survivor Girl that he ended up in a relationship with, so maybe Taylor could be that to Leslie.) Is Doc Halloran capable of defeating Leslie once and for all or will Leslie destroy his Ahab? And what about Doug? Maybe Doug and Taylor hook up just so she's no longer the "virgin" that a Survivor Girl is supposed to be? There are so many possibilities!
Obviously, I ship Taylor/Leslie, and would also be okay with Taylor/Doug and would be more than okay with no shipping at all if that's what you want to write. I just want more of these characters, in whatever way you want to give it to me.
Characters Requested: Eli Stone, Maggie Dekker
Summary: High-powered attorney Eli Stone thought he had it all – great job, cool car, the perfect fiancée – until he started hearing unexplained music everywhere he went. Thanks to some wild and astonishing visions, Eli is trading in his big-money clients to represent the little guys. As his hallucinations grow more vivid, he is propelled to answer the larger question of his true destiny.
Availability: On Hulu</a>!
Thoughts/Prompts/Etc.: I MISS THIS SHOW! (And while I am glad that Jonny Lee Miller is on my TV again every week, I STILL MISS THIS PARTICULAR SHOW!) They really took what is a silly concept and made it work in ways that most other shows could not. It was just so delightful and heartfelt and I adored it so much.
I don't really have any specific prompts for this one (sorry, sorry!), I just need closure. There have already been some lovely fics written but would it hurt to have one more? Absolutely not. Obviously I loved Eli/Maggie as a ship, but it's cool if you don't want them to end up together. I just will always want to know more about these two characters, regardless of where they end up. So go with whatever you think happened after the credits rolled on the last episode. Did Eli live a long and healthy life or did he die young? (It's okay to kill him off if you feel like it serves the story.) How does Maggie fit in to any of this? What if his visions disappeared forever? Or what if they became even more alarming? Feel free to throw in any other character from the series if you want, as I pretty much loved them all. (I do not ship Eli/Grace though, just a head's up.)
Characters Requested: Mia, Ash
Summary: Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.
Availability: It's a newer movie, so probably pretty easy to find. I know it's streaming on Amazon for sure.
Thoughts/Prompts/Etc.: I am an absolute devotee of the original film series so I was VERY skeptical of a remake. Most remakes are unnecessary and also they suck. So imagine my delight when this one did not suck. It reinvented what the original did, but still maintained the spirit of what I love about the original film. It was just a great gory ride.
Now, I realize I may be shooting myself in the foot (or in the spirit of the movies - sawing my own hand off) with my character requests, but I figured "go big or go home". I am absolutely going to give anyone who might write this an out, and that out is: you do not have to write Ash if you really don't want to or if you have not seen the original series of movies and don't feel like you can get a grasp on his character. That is absolutely okay by me. I would be thrilled with anything Mia-centric, whether it's stories from before the movie starts or whether you pick up from the ending of the movie. How would Mia handle what she's been through? (Especially in light of her struggles with addiction.) She starts off the movie as someone you might see as weak, but by the end she proves how strong she really is and that she's capable of overcoming the worst possible circumstances. Basically, she's a badass. So ANYTHING revolving around Mia would light up my life.
If you do want to be bold and include Ash, then feel free to have fun with it. (For some reason, I have this scenario of Mia ending up in some support group for PTSD or addiction or whatever and Ash is there too, being his smarmy self, but that's just one scenario!) How would Ash and Mia compare experiences? Maybe they end up having to fight a new kind of evil together! Just roll with whatever crazy thing you can think of and I'll be stoked!
Also of note, I do have non-con in my dislikes, and I stick to that, however I acknowledge that there is canonical rape in this movie and references to that are fine, just no detailed explorations of it, please. :)
Characters Requested: Riley Poole, Abigail Chase, Benjamin Gates
Summary: (for the first film) Benjamin Franklin Gates descends from a family of treasure-seekers who've all hunted for the same thing: a war chest hidden by the Founding Fathers after the Revolutionary War. Ben's close to discovering its whereabouts, as is his competition, but the FBI is also hip to the hunt. (for the sequel) Benjamin Gates must follow a clue left in John Wilkes Booth's diary to prove his ancestor's innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Availability: If you are one of the few who have not seen these delightful movies, whyyyyyyyy? Both are on DVD/Blu-ray, Amazon and on a cable channel near you like every other week. (I'm not even kidding, I think it was on 3 times this past weekend alone.)
Thoughts/Prompts/Etc.: It's almost stupid how much I love these movies. I love any kind of movie/book/game/etc. that follows this whole "here's a clue, let's follow it to somewhere interesting and find another clue!" plot, and the National Treasure series is one of the best at it. They are just so monumentally fun and I never get sick of watching them. Not ever.
It's really the adventure aspect of it that I love the most, so ANY fic that puts these three on a grand adventure will make me starry-eyed. I am constantly yelling about the lack of a third movie in this series, because I just need more of it. (WHAT IS PAGE 47 FFS?!?) So if you want to come up with an idea for what Page 47 is or have Ben, Riley and Abigail following some other treasure hunt, then run with it.
Preferences wise, Riley and Abigail are my FAVORITES so if they get to shine, then I will be thrilled. Shipping wise, I am fine with references to canon Ben/Abigail but I don't really care about them enough to ask for a fic centered on their relationship. I prefer the delightfully non-canon Riley/Abigail ship. (And would accept a Riley/Abigail/Ben OT3 situation and really don't want Riley/Ben. That's not an anti-slash stance, just an anti-Riley/Ben stance.)
Characters Requested: JJ Powell, Katie Andrews
Summary: The Powells' lives go from ordinary to amazing when their plane crashes into the Amazon River and each of them gains superpowers.
Availability: On Hulu!
Thoughts/Prompts/Etc.: (basically copying most of this from last year's letter) There is a simple reason I HAD to watch this show when it started. Because superpowers. Because I love origin stories and watching people adjust to brand new powers. But then a strange thing happened and an odd and unexpected non-canon relationship took hold in in my heart. And that was JJ and Katie.
Three years ago at Yuletide, I was matched to someone on this fandom with these characters (and bless them, because it was someone who shipped them too). I was thrilled to write fic for it and for them in particular. It was the first ever fic written for that pairing. Good times.
Then the show got canceled in the spring and everyone essentially forgot it existed. My fic remains the one and ONLY fic ever written for this ship. In a way, that's sort of a cool thing to have as a fanfic writer. But, ultimately, I cannot re-read my own fic every year for the rest of my life to sustain my feelings about these two. So I'm throwing this out there in the hopes that someone will pick it up, and that someone still remembers the show! (And will likely continue to request it until I actually get matched on it!) I absolutely understand if you want to write gen for them, since it is kind of an out there ship, and will enjoy whatever you write no matter what it is. So if you want to write about them being friends, or co-brainiac geniuses or whatever - that's great. But if you want to write them romantically (with JJ aged up to a legal age OF COURSE), then that's equally great! The show ended with all sorts of cliffhangers (Katie had a super baby? What? George has super powers now? What?), so those are some things to deal with. I'd like Katie's creeper babydaddy out of the picture if at all possible. I'm sitting here trying to come up with any specific prompts but all I can think is: OMG ANYTHING REALLY OKAY ANYTHING. Because this really is a rare fandom and I don't foresee a lot of people writing for it through the rest of my life time so aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanything. Feel free to include any of the Powells or George if you like!
Likes: AUs, tropes, crossovers, snark, banter, adventure, awesome people being awesome, ladies who are badasses, superheroes, space, darkfic is fine, so is not-darkfic as long as it isn't like puppies/kittens/rainbows, anything rated G through NC-17 so go wild there if you want, uhh... most things. I am the worst at this.
Dislikes: Non-con or dub-con, mpreg, tentacles and poop and other things?!?, not really super kinky but I'm also not a prude, so, yeah, I really am the worst at this part.
If you have any questions about specifics or need to know about a thing that I haven't mentioned here, please feel free to send a PM to galfridian and she'll be able to answer any questions for you. :) Also, feel free to stalk my LJ, my Tumblr-that-I-am-really-bad-at-using, my neglected fic journal or my Twitter if you think it will help.
Thanks again and happy Yuletide!