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Yuletide Dear Author letter

November 17th, 2011 (06:31 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.

These are the fandoms I'm requesting this year:

1) ROBOCOP (1987).

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.

2) POLICE ACADEMY (1984).

I'd like a Hightower-centric story set in the present-day. Specifically, one in which our heroes have moved up, and Hightower is police chief. A politically popular Mayor Mahoney who's starting to realize all too clearly that he's out of his depth needs Hightower to help get him out of a fix.

I'd like Mahoney's role to be relatively small, and the story to focus mainly on Hightower's solving the problem, with help from Hooks. Basically, a Hightower-Hooks friendship casefic would be great. Serious bonus points if the solution turns out to depend heavily on Harris and/or Proctor.

3) SLEDGE HAMMER! (TV series).

Captain Trunk has a Very Important Occasion to prepare for. The good news is that Doreau is involved. The bad news: so is Sledge Hammer.

4) THE MALTESE FALCON - Dashiell Hammett.

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 1) is 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.

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