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Yuletide Letter
the arch of the eyebrows gives it away
innie_darling
Hi there, Author/Pinch-hitter/Treat-writer/All-around cool person!

I should say first off - thanks! I think you're nifty to write something in a tiny fandom we share!

I'm fairly catholic in my tastes; I read all of the following: gen, het, slash, humor, horror, angst, character-driven pieces, plotty pieces, AUs, canon-compliant fics, and more. I swoon for humor. I adore quietly sorrowful stories. And I quite enjoy romance (and prefer it to smut, though I don't have a problem with smut that's in character and avoids PWP-ness). Above all, if you have a good time writing the story, that will shine through, and I guarantee that I'll enjoy it too.

I don't really enjoy unremittingly dark fic, and I don't want anything with a terribly unhappy ending, infidelity, dub-con, non-con, humiliation, power-play, polyamory, or heavy kink, please. I'm also not really a fan of holiday-themed stories, particularly since I don't celebrate any holiday occurring on the same timeline as Yuletide.

(I tend to do a lot of clickety-clicking once I have my assignment, but in case you'd rather just have a couple of straightforward links, here is my master fic list (ordered chronologically within each fandom) and here I am on AO3.)

Now on to the details, since I think I'm more likely to get a story that hits all of my buttons if I tell you what my buttons are for these fandoms. Listed alphabetically, because I really would be deliriously happy with a fic for any of these requests!


Cold Comfort Farm (1995): Seth Starkadder, Flora Poste I've long held up this movie as one of the only films that I find as satisfying as the book. In fact, the only issue I really have with the movie is that Flora didn't exactly solve a problem for Seth the way she did for everyone else. She made sure he was lit just right when Mr. Neck showed up, but that was really it. So I'd love to see her, post-film, when she's married to Charles and he's taking Hollywood by storm, solve a problem for him. It could be that he was hired to be sneery beefcake but suddenly the audience's tastes changed and he was thrown into highbrow, genderbending stuff like this (cap of Rufus Sewell's Petruchio in drag for the Shakespeare Retold version of The Taming of the Shrew) - for real, who could blame the audience for that? Or it could be some other problem of your own choosing. I just want to see him reaching out to her and her thinking an issue through and coming up with something that makes him happy. My request hinges on Seth and Flora, but I'd love to see some of the other characters as well, if you're up for it: Charles, Mrs. Beetle (maybe Flora's child-minder?), Amos (Seth is in America - who's to say Amos isn't protesting Hollywood and preaching from his Ford van?). Just go crazy with it!

Eight Cousins series - Louisa May Alcott: Phebe Moore, Archie Campbell I don't know why it took me so long to realize that I could request fic to make my love for this little two-book series (available on Project Gutenberg) complete. I adore these two books and the handling of Charlie (when I first read Rose in Bloom as a child I was delightfully surprised that Rose said no) and that Rose found Mac. But I always wanted more Phebe, that bright and lovely girl. Her romance with Archie is the best part of the book for me, though it's just sketched rather than fully drawn. We see Archie falling in love with her and her reactions to his feelings, but we don't get to see her falling in love with him on her own - and that's what I'd love to see in your fic. What makes her look at Archie, or think of romance at all when she's got a career upon which to embark? What does she think about her past (especially as contrasted with Dulce's jailbird father) and what it would mean to have children? What will marrying into the clan do to her friendship with Rose? How does her closeness with Mac (the other "great one" and the other one who helped her save Dr. Alec's life) affect her? What has she seen in Europe that she brings back home with her? I just want more Phebe, and would love to see her take center stage.

The Voorman Problem: Dr. Williams, Voorman This little (12:29) movie was such a headtrip. I'd expected to love it, because Martin Freeman was in it, and I did. Here's a four-page pdf that offers synopses and stills and character descriptions and here's the official trailer. If you didn't see the film (which I haven't been able to find online, more's the pity, though I'll of course update here if I do), this request will make no sense to you. If you did, here's what I'm asking for: fic that explains how Voorman did it, if such an exchange is necessary for an escape, if that can even be properly termed an escape, if the wartime jail is a necessary setting, where both characters go from this point, what the name Voorman signifies, and what it all means for Belgium.

The World's End: Oliver Chamberlain, Peter Page, Andrew Knightley So I'd been expecting to love this movie because it was part of the Cornetto Trilogy, and I did, but I hadn't expected it to be so elegiac even in the midst of being very funny. What I'd like is more backstory for this group of friends - particularly Oliver and Peter, from their perspectives. What did they get out of their friendship with each other and with the other boys: Andrew, Steven, and Gary? Did Peter feel that he was used for his wealth? Did Oliver feel that he was used as a gateway to his sister? What it did mean for them to find each other, to be part of Gary's crew? Or did they think of it as Andy's gang, as he was the big athlete? Or were they happy to be themselves? How did all of that lead up to their endings as shown in the film?

Thank you so much! I know I will adore whatever you send my way!

All the best,
kunju

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