Basically-- if you're writing fic for me, I love you. I'm going to be happy just to be able to share my squee.
You'll notice I throw a lot of ideas out-- feel free to take one, take many, take none. I always have fifteen billion ideas floating around, and I know how hard it can be to settle on something once the assignments come in. So I'm offering options, just to give you an idea of what's going on in my head.
Other General Info:
I like: Plot, adventures, banter and dry humor, happy endings, nerdly things like unicorns and NPR, over the top AUs (steampunk, noir, organized crime, harems...), power-play, porn, gen, slash, femslash, het, any rating you feel comfortable with (for violence and/or sex), bittersweet things that are heavy on the sweet, feminism and fics that pass the Bechdel Test, interesting narrative voices and/or concepts.
I don't like: Deathfic, gratuitous angst, character-bashing, introspective character pieces, five times fic, issuefic
THE REQUEST: Dragon Prince - Melanie Rawn (Ianthe of Princemarch, Sioned of River Run)
I love everything this series chooses to be. It's fun and cheesy and fantasy, which the best thing in the world.
I've always thought that Ianthe had a serious hate-crush on Sioned and part of the reason she was so vicious and fucked up was that whole "you must marry a guy and expand the empire or your useless" thing when maybe she didn't want to do that. Ianthe's always been one of my favorite characters because she's brilliant and ruthless and clearly takes joy in clever plans that go well. Of course, being the villain in a cheesy fantasy, she got no depth whatsoever, aside from that whole sexually liberated, taking male consorts thing (which is AWESOME, okay.) Sioned is also awesome and brilliant and kick ass. Her hesitance in the first book while she decided what she really wanted to do was pretty great, as was the fact that she promptly made friends with Tobin and pretty much every character not designated "villain". It seems like up through Ianthe's death, they're playing a game of brinkmanship. (Which isn't to say I don't like Sioned and Rohan together. They're bookTP and totally awesome.)
As for prompts, I normally prefer plotty fic to introspection. I feel like the whole sunrunner thing lends itself well to espionage, so political thriller, or murder mysteries or something would be great. If you want to do plot-what-plot involving these two-- either sex or just the sort of dancing around/pigtail pulling that would be great. Threesomes with Rohan-- also acceptable! Hell, if you want to do an AU where they end up together instead of Sioned marrying Rohan-- or alternately, an AU end to the trilogy, where Ianthe never died in the fire. Or something where she knew about her powers all along. Or Sioned, I don't know, realizing she kind of did think Ianthe was attractive.
NOTE: I have only read the first book in the second trilogy. :( Please don't reference stuff from after that, if you end up writing futurefic.
Okay, like I said, I think this series is the cheesiest fantasy series in the WORLD and in a lot of ways it's one of my first nostalgia fandoms. If you haven't read them, they are kind of ridiculously long (Like, GRR Martin-long), but they're quick reads despite that and rather less depressing than a lot of high fantasy. It's silly in the way that "adult fantasy" that takes itself way too seriously can be. A lot of the main protagonists actively enjoy each others' company and that's as much integral to the book as the politics and dragon-slaying.
The Series: I want to say "if this wasn't the matched fandom you should go out and read them right the fuck now', but you really need to enjoy ridiculous high fantasy novels about politics and a dude who's the prince of a desert and some people who communicate via sunlight. Needless to say, there's magic in there somewhere. And a LOT of politics. It's full of cheese. If it sounds interesting to you, pretty much ever used bookstore I have ever been to has at least one copy of these books. I think they spawn on bookshelves or something. You can probably also find digital copies on the internet.
That said, I kinda asked for a semi-serious plotty story. But if you want to run with the "it's cheesy fantasy" and want to write about Ianthe rescuing princesses or something silly, I say get down with your nerd self and run with it.
THE REQUEST: Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (Any)
This series cries out for gen fic. Maybe a mystery where they don't use their powers? Or a huanted house that's not a haunted house. Scary stories are my bag, baby. If you like that sort of thing, go for it. Feel free to try and scare me. If you like to write non-scary stories, crime-fighting adventures are nice, but a totally fluffy "here's how they hang out in their free time and keeping failing to hold onto jobs" fic is also great.
ALTERNATIVELY, I ship everyone/everyone-- SERIOUSLY. So, if you'd rather write shippy fic, I'd be happy. I know the series doesn't like to do that kind of fanservice, but sexytiems or awkward first dates (or Numata and/or Karatsu and/or Yata getting really drunk and sloppy makeouts) also appeals.
I guess my only thing is that I'm not big on really really angsty fic. Some angst is okay, but happy endings, plz. Certainly no main character death, even if it is a series about dead bodies.
If you've read the spinoff series, feel free to reference Yaichi's past-- I'm slowly making my way through it (gah, my Japanese is terrible), and don't mind spoilers.
I picked "Any" for this fandom because I just couldn't make up my mind about what I wanted. There are so many characters, and I love all of them. And, again, if you don't want to write pairing-driven fic, I like horror stories and gen fantasy and creepypasta, so anything scary and gen would also work.
The Series: The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (黒鷺死体宅配便 Kurosagi Shitai Takuhaibin) is a horror manga series written by Eiji Ōtsuka and drawn by Housui Yamazaki. It's up to 13 Japanese volumes, 11 of which have been translated into English.
The series follows five recent graduates of a Buddhist academy, each with a different skill or power, mostly related to corpses. These powers include Karatsu's ability to channel the voice of a spirit trapped in a corpse, Makino's embalming skills, and Yata and his alien-possessed hand-puppet. The group uses their supernatural powers and skills to form a company to get fulfill the last wishes of dead people and-- hopefully-- get paid for it. It's both a horror manga and a crime manga, and despite being gory and terrifying, it's also extremely funny, with (obviously) a rather dark sense of humor. The characters care for each other a great deal, and their constantly strapped-for cash business is as much a source of humor as it is a source of community. The realistic art style and top-notch translation makes it something definitely worth reading, for those with a strong stomach.
The first 6 volumes can be found in scanlation here. It's worth a look, even if we didn't match on this fandom. Trigger warning for gore and bodily squick, though. If detached body parts bother you, this is not the manga for you.
THE REQUEST: Magic Kaitou (Kuroba Kaito, Hakuba Saguru)
I've been trying to decide who to request because I love everyone, and Kaito's relationship with Aoko is adorable and Akako is scary and awesome and and bad ass, and I love the girls. But I really do ship Hakuba and Kaito kind of a lot. And my thief/detective bias is strong with this one.
So, I'd love a gen story of crime fighting and Kaito stealing, and if there is Black Organization shenanigans and Kaito pulling the wool over Hakuba's eyes, that would be a bonus. If you'd rather write about Kaito trying (and maybe failing) to confess to Hakuba that he's Magic Kaitou, that's be great. Or Hakuba trying to learn magic tricks. Or Akako being her sneaky self and trying to enchant Kaito and Hakuba having to save him.
Or Kaito and Hakuba getting kidnapped and the girls saving them!
Basically, banter and snark is my life's blood, and mysteries and adventures are my favorite things.
Like I said, banter and snark is my big thing. For the record, I love everyone in this series and if you ship Aoko/Kaito I UNDERSTAND. Aoko is awesome and badass and I'd love for Aoko and Akako to have parts in the fic if you feel like it too. I'm all for threesomes and foursomes with the girls. I also don't mind actual magic showing up, and Akako having a serious part in the plot and helping solve mysteries too.
Honestly, the only thing I don't want is actualfax Kaitou-getting-caught depressing fic. I like my happy, goofy antics.
Also, I would really prefer to avoid Detective Conan crossovers. I love Shinichi, I love Conan, but in this case I much prefer having something that focuses on the MK characters, and their personal plot lines rather than how they interact with the Detective Conan characters.
The Series: Magic Kaito (まじっく快斗 Majikku Kaito) is a Japanese phantom thief manga series written and illustrated by Gosho Aoyama. It's five manga volumes, the first three of which predate Aoyama's better known work, Detective Conan (Case Closed, in the US). Two other volumes have since been collected, with chapters being published sporadically, and Magic Kaitou characters occasionally appear in Aoyama's primary work. The Magic Kaitou volumes have been animated under the title "Detective Conan Specials", despite not having anything to do with the Conan main plot.
Magic Kaitou is the story of Kuroba Kaito, a normal (if silly and stage magic-obsessed) teenage student whose father died under mysterious circumstances. Eight years after his father's death, he learns his father's secret identity as a famous international criminal known as International Criminal 1412: the Phantom Thief. Kaito's father, Kuroba Toichi, was murdered by a mysterious organization when he refused to assist them in finding the Pandora Gem, a mysterious stone which bestows immortality during a full moon. Vowing to prevent the organization from gaining the gem, Kaito dons his father's identity as the Phantom Thief and sets out to steal rare gems, searching for Pandora. As the Phantom Thief, Kaito is known for sending riddles to the police, and stealing jewels from incredibly well-defended areas-- and returning them the next month, when he's determined they aren't the gem he seeks.
Although the summary makes it sound a bit serious, most of Magic Kaitou is light-hearted, with Kaito enjoying his new-found role, and playing all sorts of stage-magic-inspired pranks on his friends as Kaito, and on the police as The Phantom Thief. It's a goofy, shounen manga and show that really satisfies the cops-and-robbers urge.
The manga can be found here, and the anime specials are here.
THE REQUEST: Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Detective Diary (Shinji Ikari, Kaworu Nagisa)
I really want a happy ending for Shinji. Kaworu is so sweet and a jerk and awesome.
I know this is only going to be two volumes, so please please please I'd love beyond words gen mysteries with Kaworu pushing Shinji around (lovingly) and Shinji being kind of useless except where he's actually pretty smart when he lets himself be.
I do ship it (duh), and I don't mind at all snuggly love or sex or sleep overs, but what I love most about this is the way the AU allows for Shinji and Kaworu to have magic adventures without the entire world melting.
This is Evangelion in name only, and I'm totally okay with that. I love goofy AUs, and this is a hardline squee for me-- taking characters out of their home universe and giving them an entirely different storyline to play with, while keeping the basic characteristics of the characters the same. I love that Shinji is still basically Shinji-- shy, awkward, a little useless, unsure of himself, but actually able when pushed into a corner. His relationship with Kaworu, especially at the end of the first volume where Kaworu gives Shinji the first hint of intimacy he's had in ages, is really sweet. I'm glad for a universe where their relationship is on the sweet end of bitter sweet.
(That said, if you want to write a fic where Kaworu is secretly a serial killer and Shinji, in his weird detective job, ends up realizing that and having to call Kaworu out, I'm okay with that.)
Asuka's weird already-established relationship with Kaworu might be fun to explore too, since it's clear that they at least kinda know each other, but not well enough to know that their Evas are siblings and won't attack each other, so more wacky hijinks with Asuka and Rei would also be greatly appreciated because they're awesome. (Maybe Kaworu DOES know Asuka in the "biblical sense"...)
The Series: The Shinji Ikari Detective is a new alternate universe manga (seriously new-- it came out in September), based on the characters from Neon Genesis Evangelion. If you like NGE, the characters here are very similar, so you can se familiar characters in a new situation. If you aren't familiar with NGE, but DO like high school kids solving mysteries, and summoning magic summons, there is no assumption that you'll be familiar with the universe.
In the manga, Shinji is still a high schooler who tries to stay out of things he thinks he doesn’t belong in and things that could end poorly. In this case, he’s forced to help out his two friends in school who are being harassed by the Yakuza for something they didn’t do. He is forced to go to the Kaji Detective Agency, where he meets mysterious, pretty boy Kaworu, who agrees to take his case. Things get complicated very quickly, much to Shinji's dismay.
Unfortunately, the manga isn't online anywhere I can see, but you ought to be able to find it at your local bookstore-- it's translated by Dark Horse, writen and illustrated by Takumi Yoshimura.
THE REQUEST: Mama Beat (LC9) (Any)
So, why DO they have a crazy fight club with powers? Are they rival gangs, or dumb boys with anger and emotion riding them? Did they suddenly wake up with crazy powers and athleticism, or are we talking performance-enhancing-crazy-powers drugs? Tell me more of this backstory, tell me more about this world.
This video is a gigantic nostalgia trip into all those other feelings I have about dumb teenagers being amazing, violent, and utterly unafraid of their own power and immortality. That, and the crazy powers. What is Dynamite? A drug? A random occurrence or accident? Is this the first time they've done this?
Don't be afraid to be goofy and over the top-- remember, they end the video laughing, so the one specific detail I'd really love to keep is that they're all friends.
My desire to know this stuff is probably fed by things like my like of wacky HK action films, and fandoms where you have dumb teenage antics, like King of Fighters. As these are places where logic by and large goes out the window for adrenaline and violence,I do not mind gratuitous violence in any way, as the physicality is a key part of why I want the music video, and not just the song.
You can refer to the band members by name if you plan on making them the primary characters, or you can make up other characters. I'm less interested in canonical line-toeing or RPF then I am interested in storytelling about what's going on. A primer on who's who is over here.
Well, it's not a "series", per se, since it's one music video. This is definitely a 'gimme' fandom-- whether or not we originally matched on it, you can consume the entirety of the requested fandom in slightly less than four minutes.
LC9 is a new K-Pop band and Mama Beat is their debut single. The video is definitely the draw (although the band itself is pretty great, having also recorded videos of their covers of One Direction and Nelly). The video depicts the six young boys commiting gratuitous acts of violence on each other with great amounts of glee. It's almost shocking, but it's too... candy-colored to be really scary.
THE REQUEST: Makai Ouji (William Twining, Mycroft Swallow)
Yes, let's request the non-magical beings for once. I really love Swallow and his (general) obliviousness to the weird demon/angel fight going on. I feel like William sees Mycroft as both a friend and a rival-- they do favors for each other, cover for each other, joke around. They're both Prefects and trying to become head boy.
So I'd love to see Mycroft being worried about William's distraction (due to Dantalion et al), and trying to find out what's going on. Or William supporting him after the whole Eligos/party/father dissolving into dust thing.
Or if you want to sideline the supernatural stuff, Mycroft and William's first time-- I'm all over boarding school boys making out. It can be either before or after Dantalion shows up, but really I'm of the opinion that William is not as into Dantalion as Dantalion is into him. And if you like Dantalion/William, I'd love for there to be some "Mycroft clearly loves William for himself, but it's not sure if Dantalion sees William or Solomon". I'm also all for functional threesomes.
I do love the tone of the series, where it's aware of all the tropes of the shoujo Zero Sum style manga, and gleefully plays with them. All the outrageously costumed demons (GILES DE RAIS WHAT THE FUCK), and messing with mythology is so much fun. If you have a grounding in demonology, and want to use that as part of a long, plotty adventure, I will love you forever.
But mostly, I just want some mildly supernatural, boarding school boys in love adventures.
Note: I have only read through chapter 18 of the manga, but I've seen the entire anime.
The Series: Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist (魔界王子 devils and realist Makai Ōji: Devils and Realist) is a jousei supernatural manga series written by Madoka Takadono and illustrated by Utako Yukihiro. While the manga haven't been officially translated, the thirteen episode anime was streamed by Crunchyroll.
The series follows William Twining, the skeptical scion of a rich family in 17th century england. When he learns his uncle has run off with the family fortune, he returns home, only to accidentally summon Dantalion, one of the 72 demons bound by Solomon. According to Dantalion, Willion is the descendent of Solomon, and therefor the one who must choose the leader of Hell while Lucifer sleeps the convenient Odin-Sleep. William, being an atheist, adamantly refuses to believe what Dantalion tells him, even as he's attacked by and attracts new demons to his side. Being a Zero Sum series, all of the characters are attractive young men with lots of UST. It's a fun take on the mythology, if not the most original and the characters and plotline are engaging and fun, if you like ridiculously attractive bishounen and lots of magical fights.
The manga can be found here, and the anime here.