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First of all, a heartfelt thank you for writing for me. I'm sure I'll adore whatever you give me! This letter just gets longer every time I write it, so do cut loose now if detail makes you anxious.

Some generalities: I'm both a 'more of' & a 'more from' canon girl; that is, I'd be equally overjoyed to receive a story that captures the precise tone of canon and one that cleverly turns canon on its head & stomps all over it. I love stylish prose, unusual formats, structural interest, world building, politics, intellectual discussions, science, women being awesome, well-developed original & minor characters, villain PoVs, dollops of plot, casefic, plausible sideturn-from-canon AUs, dry, sly & black humour -- and above all stories that surprise me. I'm equally keen on gen, het & slash, though I usually prefer to close the bedroom door.

I don't tend to enjoy heavy-handed angst, hurt/comfort, PWP, kinkfic, Omegaverse, slapstick humour, crackfic, alternate realities especially modern/mundane AUs, pregnancy, kidfic, schmoop & fluff. Darker stories are fine, but suicide is a potentially triggering subject for me.

As this journal is sparse, try my recommendations site if you're interested in further hints as to my fictional tastes; there's a few for Rosemary Sutcliff & Diana Wynne Jones, though surprisingly little Victorian lit considering how much I read. My fanfiction masterlist might clue you in to some of my obsessions. I'm also Espresso Addict on LJ/DW, but much of that journal is friends-locked. I was rather verbose in my prompts; nevertheless there are a few extra hints to be had under the cut.



Bleak House (TV 2005)
Character: William Guppy
I'd love for Guppy to get some kind of happy ending. A future fic where he finds someone who can return his affections (perhaps in a crossover with another Victorian novel), an AU where he manages to save Lady Dedlock or solve Tulkinghorn's murder... Make him lucky in love, successful in business affairs, just give him a moment of genuine triumph! I've yet to find time to finish the novel so I'd prefer to stick with tv canon for the plot (and Burn Gorman for the casting), but I love the style of Dickens' novel if you wanted to imitate it. Gen, het or slash equally welcome.

I fell in love with Guppy from the moment he entered. Andrew Davies says in the commentary that Guppy should have been the hero, and I agree. My other favourites include Lady Dedlock & Inspector Bucket. I find Esther rather dull & smug, and don't ship Guppy with her, but if you can make their relationship work, go for it! As I said in the prompt, I'm ashamed to admit I've never finished the novel, so I'd prefer to stick to tv canon where it conflicts. I do love the style of the novel if you wanted to imitate it, but I'd be equally happy with other stylistic choices.

In view of the casting, I should say that I'm not a fan of
Torchwood and would prefer not to cross over with it. (Guppy having an adventure with the Doctor might be fun, though?) Crossovers with other Victorian novels would be great (see under Wives & Daughters for some suggestions; given the relative dates, you could even have Guppy employed by Lady Harriet!). I don't know that much Dickens but I'd be happy to read up if need be.

Power of Three - Diana Wynne Jones
Character: Adara
I'm interested in Adara's story before the start of the novel's main timeframe: her childhood in Otmound, her history with Hathil, her love story with Gest, her role as the chief's wife in Garholt, how she acquired her lore... There's also the fascinating question of what happens after the end of the novel; I'd love to see Adara helping to develop the relationships between the three races. Or even an AU in which Adara runs away to the Dorig after Orban kills Hathil's brother, and perhaps ends up marrying Hathil. I love world building, and anything on the mythology of the Old/Middle/New Powers etc would be a bonus. Gen or het equally welcome, but I'd rather not receive a story focusing on pregnancy or child-rearing.

Diana Wynne Jones was my favourite author as a child, and this is perhaps my very favourite of her novels. As an adult it's increasingly Adara who interests me most. She's such a vibrant character in the early chapters, but then she fades out and we only get fragments of her story and a much paler character. I'd love to read almost anything in which she's the star. Really the only exceptions are pregnancy stories & domestic fluff focusing on looking after small children. (Stories in which Adara is a child are fine, as are ones in which she has to juggle the responsibilities of motherhood with her other responsibilities/interests.)

I like nearly all the characters (does anyone like Orban, Kasta & Ondo?), but Hathil's another favourite, and I'd love to see them interacting, perhaps with Adara negotiating the minutinae of living on the Moor with Hathil, or getting to know his five wives? I'd also love to read world building for this fandom, especially to do with the Powers or the Dorig (what's up with their gender ratios?). I'm not really looking for a crossover in this fandom.


The Silver Branch - Rosemary Sutcliff
Character: Paulinus
I'm interested in how this unlikely secret agent came to be heading up the resistance movement, and, probably related, his backstory with Carausius (and possibly Allectus). Or, a Paulinus Lives! AU where there was another way out, and how this impacted on the resistance movement in the rest of the novel. Or, perhaps a ghost story? Gen, het or slash equally welcome.

Sutcliff's Eot9 series was one of my childhood pleasures. I love her unusual mentor figures. My other favourite character in Silver Branch is Honoria, but I'm not sure how she might have met Paulinus! I'm also very fond of Anthonius, and the all-too-imaginary ship Justin/Anthonius. I have to admit, I find Flavius one of her least interesting characters, but it strikes me that a 'Paulinus Lives!' AU has the potential for a fascinating clash between him & Paulinus over leadership, if that were the way you went. I don't ship Justin/Flavius, but don't mind if you do.

Not really looking for a crossover in this fandom, and would much prefer to stay in the Roman era; I'm not generally a fan of modern-era Sutcliff AUs. In general I love historical accuracy, but I'm a complete ignoramus about this period, so don't feel too constrained by research if the story wants to be anachronistic or to play with the known historical timeline.


Wives and Daughters - Elizabeth Gaskell
Character: Lady Harriet Cumnor
Lady Harriet is such an amazing character, I'd love to see more of her whatever you write! My secret dream is that she takes up a bohemian life in London after her mother's death, possibly with another woman -- an OC or crossover or historical person, I don't picture her with any other canon woman. Other thoughts... Could she take up another person's cause, as she does with Molly? Or a more abstract cause, but prosecuted in her own inimitable fashion. Could she somehow get involved in politics &/or electioneering? Is she interested in her brother's scientific studies? Might she try to reconcile the Cumnors with Squire Hamley? Or even an AU in which she gets together with my second favourite, Roger Hamley, and ends up in Africa! Bookverse, please, though I don't object to casting Rosamund Pike. Gen, het or slash equally welcome, but if you go the femslash route, I'd rather close the bedroom door.

Wives and Daughters is perhaps Gaskell's most mature novel, her Middlemarch. It doesn't quite have the cross-class romance of North and South, but it does have a large cast of scintillating characters all presented sympathetically, with plenty of women being awesome, & women looking out for women. (This fandom is a shoe-in for the Misses Clause Challenge, if it's running this year!) I like all the characters in the novel, without exception, but Lady Harriet always makes me cheer. I'm also fond of the inclusion of the science of the day, with Roger Hamley (probably my second favourite) being modelled on Charles Darwin, & his African explorations on the Beagle voyage.

I'm not particularly invested in Gaskell's prose style, but modern phraseology does tend to throw me out of stories set in the 19th C (unless the whole story is written in a modern style). I'm keen (though not very knowledgeable) on historical accuracy, and if you happen to know the period (late 1820s to early 1830s) then historical detail would be wonderful. Crossovers with other 19th C novels would also be of interest; aside from Gaskell, I particularly love George Eliot, Charlotte & Anne Brontë, Anthony Trollope and Jane Austen.

The novel is available online at Project Gutenberg. There's a super BBC adaptation by Andrew Davies, available on DVD, which might be a good way of getting into the novel if Victorian prose turns you off. It's pretty faithful, aside from the ending.

Date: 12/10/2013 07:53 (UTC)
espresso_addict: Tardis-Rose with text 'the fire and the rose are one' (firerose)
From: [personal profile] espresso_addict
I had that idea while I was rereading PoT immediately before signing up -- I'm quite keen on it too! I really ought to write it myself if I can't persuade anyone else to do it for me.

Date: 12/10/2013 08:38 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] luzula
You should totally write it, yes! : )
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