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Yuletide 2010 Yule Goat letter

November 14th, 2010 (08:38 pm)
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Dear Yule Goat,

I'm pretty much a genfic guy. Light romance is okay, especially if it's funny, but for the most part I'm the farthest thing possible from a relationshipper. I don't want characters to get smooshed together; I want to watch them interact. I'm not a big fan of pure romance, and I really don't want porn. My big thing is that I like seeing the characters relate as friends. This applies even if they're in a romantic relationship -- grand falling-in-love stuff bores me, particularly if it's emotionally fraught, but the quiet day-to-day of characters doing things puts a smile on my face. I love plot, but I definitely don't mind lightly plotted fic if it's fun to read.

Here are the fandoms I've requested this year:

DOC SAVAGE

I'd really love some good straight-up friendship fic that involves Monk and Ham, with assists from the other aides if you can fit 'em in, conspiring with Pat to get Doc out of the lab and out on the town for a bit of Christmas cheer. If things go south and the warm-and-fuzzy makes way for casefic while they're out on the town, that would be *especially* awesome.

If you're not familiar with Doc Savage (and most aren't), don't worry because I have a feeling that several of the 1930s pulp adventures may appear mysteriously somewhere online for a brief period of time under circumstances which are entirely unknown to me. If that happens, I'll post a link here. Well, whaddya know!

ROBOCOP

I'd like fic focusing on a specific character: Technician #1, the big-eyeglassed lab geek played in the first film by Karen Radcliffe (she's the one who accompanies Robocop to the police station, and who drunkenly smooches him on New Year's Eve). I'd love to read a friendship fic involving Technician #1 and Robocop's partner, Anne Lewis, in which Tech #1 joins Lewis and Robo for a ride-along to get a better sense of what Robo faces in the field. Naturally, it being ROBOCOP, action ensues.

FRAGGLE ROCK

Boober and Sprocket team up to accomplish a mutual goal. Wembley helps them out. Red is skeptical of the whole affair, but pitches in when she's needed. And Travelling Matt sends a surprisingly relevant postcard.

(Short explanation: my girlfriend and I have been working our way through FRAGGLE ROCK. Sprocket is my favorite Muppet ever. Boober is, essentially, me. My girlfriend is frequently Wembley. So if you decide to write me a Fraggle Rock story, I'd love all three of 'em being front and center.)

THE MALTESE FALCON

An AU sequel in which Spade takes Gutman up on his offer to go to Istanbul with them and search for the black bird. I'd like the story to focus on the relationship between Spade and Wilmer, with Wilmer coming to admire and envy Spade as much as he hates him, even as Spade comes to pity Wilmer in the same way. The story I'd like to see is Wilmer being reluctantly drawn to Spade, trying to emulate him, and mostly failing. You're probably thinking that there could be a hell of a slash component to this, but while Wilmer's admiration of Spade could certainly include sexual desire -- Wilmer could come to resent Brigid, as a result, even spying on her and Spade -- I prefer the original dynamic where Spade is 1) straight and 2) hates Wilmer, and I think the sexual aspect of their dynamic works much better when it's sublimated. (Feel free to have Spade use Wilmer's frustrated desire to needle and humiliate him, though.) I don't want their brutal dynamic to be simplified into a typical (or even atypical) slash story; Wilmer's tragedy is that he keeps trying to gain the admiration and respect of people whose gifts far exceed Wilmer's own, and when he's given opportunities, he fails, and rages for his failure. How Sam gives him a chance to grow past that, and whether Wilmer succeeds, or fails -- and how he does, and how many people he kills along the way -- is up to you.

Thanks very much for writing for me, and I hope your Yuletide story is everything you'd want it to be.

Best,

David Hines

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Posted by: Mara (marag)
Posted at: November 14th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Vorkosigan heart

I was going to ask why you didn't ask for Little Fuzzy, but didn't you get the best Little Fuzzy story possible last year? I seem to remember that.

I hope you get more good genfic :D

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