1. The Lady's Not For Burning - Christopher Fry (Jennet Jourdemayne, Thomas Mendip)
(This request is environmentally friendly: 100% recycled.)
I'm trying to think of an elegant way to say, AND NOW MAKE THEM KISS. Uh. The best things about this play are the way it weaves humour so seamlessly into pathos and poetry, and the way it builds a love story out of the warm, desperate, flickering exchange of words. Jennet and Thomas! Backstory, future story -- whatever you want to write, I'll love it. Especially if there's kissing.
If we matched on this, HELLO, LET'S BE FRIENDS. (If we didn't, it's probably the easiest canon to quickly absorb, but don't feel at all obligated to read it or, you know, like it.) This is one of my favourite plays in existence, and as much as I love the delicacy of the romance, I've always hungered for mooooooore words about these two wonderful people and their issues around death, obligation, love, and purpose. If you are stuck for starting points: I have always secretly wanted Jennet to actually be a witch. I LOVE WITCHES. Or you could go some interesting AU places, as long as the basic themes and dynamics were preserved.
2. The Brothers Bloom (Penelope Stamp, Bloom)
PENELOPE. I love her, Bloom loves her, we all love her. I'd like a glimpse at what happens after the movie, incorporating as many of Penelope's ridiculous hobbies as you care to mention. How long does Bloom manage to hold out against her thirst for hijinks and adventure narratives? (My suspicion: not long at all.)
Everything about this movie appeals to me, but on a most basic level I love the meta storytelling and the examination of what it means to live your life through roles. I think it argues quite convincingly that you can't escape playing a character of one sort or another, and that you can't exist outside of the narrative of your own life, and I would love to see those themes explores in the post-movie existence of Bloom and the wonderful Penelope. I enjoy Bang Bang enormously, so feel free to include her in any way you like; ditto with Stephen, be he phantom or memory or plot twist.
3. Howl Series - Diana Wynne Jones (Charmain Baker)
Charmain's personal growth in House of Many Ways was wonderful to read about, and now I want more of her interactions with the other characters of the Howl series; feel free to focus closely on Charmain or to draw in as many of the others as you want. I'd particularly like to see a mentoring relationship with Sophie and/or Lettie develop.
What was I saying about witches? The ladies of the Howl series are some of my favourite characters of all; I love Charmain and her fussy nature and stubborn emotional growth, so I've picked her for this year, but as I said -- BRING 'EM ALL IN, if that's what you fancy. Charmain intersecting with Sophie & Howl (one of my weaknesses is outsider perspectives on OTPs, too), Charmain receiving magical tutorials from Lettie, Charmain conducting some sort of magical pen-pal relationship with Flower-in-the-Night wherein they discuss books and comisserate over being brought up to be useless at practical things.
I'm not hugely interested in AUs for this fandom, I love the Ingary world with its Diana Wynne Jonesian feel for fun and pitfalls and human weakness sympathetically portrayed. That said: if you're looking for specific challenge and you're familiar with both fandoms, I have a deep desire for a Discworld crossover looking at the different conceptions of what it means to be a witch. If you somehow managed to introduce Charmain to Tiffany Aching, I would adore you forever.
4. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (William Brandt, Jane Carter, Benji Dunn)
This movie was so, so good for the part of me that adores dysfunctional teams and utterly ridiculous action-movie stunts. Feel free to write their next mission, improbable high-tech gadgets and all, or to go completely AU. (Regency? Heist? Space pirates? Superheroes? WHATEVER.)
HIJINKS O_O You can go as wild as you like on this one. I am totally in favour of the tongue-in-cheek reboot that this movie delivered to the franchise, and would prefer something fun and snarky and featuring unlikely explosions to something overtly serious. (Unless it was post-apocalyptic, because apocalypses get a free pass with me.)
I have very few shippy feelings about these characters, to be honest, though if you want to wrangle them into a codependent triad then be my guest; I am all for ridiculous threesomes between people who save each others' lives on the regular. Lastly, my feelings about Ethan are a great big 'eh' except when it comes to his occasional poker-faced trolling.
I like humour and clever use of language, I like magic with a light touch to it, I like families (blood or found). I like slow-build romance and lightning attraction. I like mythology, and science, and Shakespeare.
I'm fine with any rating from complete gen to filthy porn, and with any combination of het/slash/none of the above. I'm not looking for anything overtly kinky, but I do enjoy stories that explore and play around with the control and power dynamics between characters (although I don't like humiliation to be a feature). Happy endings preferred.
I don't like very graphic descriptions of violence, especially torture. (I'm fine with you writing about blood and injuries; it's the deliberate infliction that I'd prefer not to see.)
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