Yuletide is one of my favourite events on the fandom calendar, and I hope you have a great time writing this story. If you offered one of these fandoms/characters because you have a particular story burning a hole in your imagination: WRITE THAT ONE. Optional details being optional, I'd rather you enjoy yourself thoroughly.
All further details and prompts are below:
Freddie Lyon, Bel Rowley
I love the perfect blend of idealism and cynicism represented in the show's mix of characters, and the way each person is shown to be a realistic collection of flaws and strengths. I love heartbreakingly determined Bel, I love the way she and Freddie sharpen one another's edges, and I love their history and their magnetic belief in one another.
Feel free to stick within the bounds of the show (or What Happens Next) or to go completely AU with its characters. If your shipper's heart desires, FIX THE DAMN ENDING and show me what these two would be like in a relationship: the things that would be easy and the things they'd have to work at. But I'd also be happy if you want to focus on their friendship and their shared passion for the news.
The Hour is a BBC drama from 2011-12 with two series of 6 episodes each, about a current affairs TV program in London in the 1950s. It's beautifully made, impeccably acted, and plays your emotions like a harpsichord.
The last time I requested this pairing I called it 'the queen of the newsroom and her wayward knight'; I have to admit, they strike my fealty kink BANG ON, and I'd adore any story that dug into that aspect of their dynamic. When it comes to AUs, I'd accept almost anything as long as you keep the show's edge of mingled cynicism and idealism. I'd love modern-day reporters wielding social media to their advantage. I'd love something with a science fiction or fantasy slant.
If you feel up to it, I would particularly like to see Bel and Freddie (and anyone else from the team) on the other side of the lens. The poised politican and her loyal machinist, drinking wine in bed and plotting their power games, all of their ruthlessness coming to the fore. And if you threw some subtle obedience kink in there, you would WIN ME FOREVER.
Re: other characters not in the tagset: I'm totally open to Hector/Bel/Freddie or (if you feel like getting adventurous) a sedoretu bringing in Marnie.
I love the complexity, creativity and sheer exuberance of the worldbuilding and plotting in Saga. When it comes to Upsher and Doff, I love their clear affection for one another, their fond domesticity in a dangerous world, and the fact that they are both journalists down to their bones.
I would be fascinated to see your version of their past on their own planet, and especially would love to see more of them in their professional journalistic role, unrelated to the events involving the series protagonists. Five stories they wrestled (literally, or figuratively) to the ground for the Hebdomadal? Their experience in the war? The story of how they met? Go wild.
Saga is a serial graphic novel by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan, about a young family on the run from--well, pretty much everyone, at this point--and the various other people whose lives become entwined with theirs. It's got an incredibly inventive setting which blends scifi and fantasy elements.
This is the second journalist couple on my list this year! As I said in the prompt, I'm happy for you to go pre-canon or during-canon; this is the one fandom on my list where the canon world is part of the appeal, for me, so I'd prefer no AUs which change the setting, but canon divergence is absolutely fine. I tend to read trade paperbacks rather than single issues of comics, and I've read up to the end of volume 6.
There's actually a piece of cover art from Chapter Sixteen that I love. Here's a link, but in case it dies: they're ankle-deep in water and being shot at, Doff is snapping photos, and Upsher is yelling into a hand-held recorder while holding a helmet that says PLEASE DO NOT KILL. (Why isn't he wearing the helmet?? Personally I think it's a combination of total lack of survival instinct + he's worried it will mess up his hair. He does have pretty great hair.) The story behind that picture, of the two of them when they were war correspondents on Jetsam, would be AWESOME.
Saga being Saga and all about the unexpected ways in which paths intersect, and the ways our choices lead us into strange places, you should toss in as few or as many of the other characters as you like.
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP (2016)
Lady Susan Vernon
This movie's strengths for me were the humour, the vividness of the characters, and the sheer aplomb of Lady Susan's approach to getting what she wants out of life. I'm a sucker for a good Slytherinesque social architect and I would be happy to read anything about Lady Susan being her charming and appalling self.
A post-canon story would delight me, and I'm happy for you to include any of the movie's other characters that you wish, as long as Susan is the focus. I'd also be particularly interested in wacky AUs/fusions, as I feel Susan has the kind of personality that would charge in and begin arranging the social furniture to her pleasing anywhere from a space station to an apocalypse.
If you're looking to pick up a new canon, this is probably the quickest. Love & Friendship is a movie adaptation of Jane Austen's unfinished epistolary novel Lady Susan, and it's one of my favourite things I've seen so far this year: it's very funny, it's got a fantastic cast, and the widowed protagonist Lady Susan Vernon is exactly the kind of delightfully unapologetic schemer that I LOVE.
In terms of which other characters to include: your choice! Show me her interactions with Lord Manwaring, who is such a hilariously invisible man-candy role in the movie. Show me how Susan handles (or sometimes struggles to handle) the farcical yet convenient situation of having her lover move in with herself and her husband. Show me more of Susan and Alicia's delicious conspiratorial friendship. (Or go down the Susan/Alicia route, if you want!)
If you're an Austen fan and would like to include cameo appearances from any of her other characters (Lady Susan Vernon vs. Lady Catherine de Vere: A BATTLE FOR THE AGES!) then I'd definitely enjoy that. And as I mentioned, I'm particularly open to AUs for this request. Space opera? SURE. Magical powers? WHY NOT. Lady Susan herself might also be nicely suited to a Miranda Priestly type role in the modern world.
Final note: this is a movie fandom and not a book one, but I do enjoy the epistolary form of the novel, so if your authorial fancy leads you in that direction--go for it!
THE NEXT BIG ONE - DEREK DES ANGES
Ben Martin, Daniel Khoo
Ben! Daniel! BEN AND DANIEL. Their tentative, spiky romance is a sheer delight and I just want to see more of it: more terrible music, more kissing, more of Daniel's swearing and dubious mesh shirts and abrasiveness and--everything. Or if you prefer, I'd be interested in missing-scene fic for this fandom: drag the narrative away from Ben's POV and show me some of what Daniel was thinking and feeling when the spotlight wasn't on him.
If you want to go larger-picture and pick up some of the tantalising future threads dangled at the end of the book, in regards to the future of the KBV epidemic and how their world and their London will continue to change & become more complicated, then that would be great too. Part of this book's appeal is in the richness of the background tapestry of people whose lives intersect with Ben's both before and during his investigation, and I'd love to see appearances from any of them. But mostly: BEN/DANIEL.
The Next Big One (link to ebook on Amazon) is a medical thriller about London in the midst of a new epidemic, and the journalism student who reluctantly ends up investigating the virus's origins for an assignment. It's tight, well-researched, and full of fascinating, real characters, including (to quote my Goodreads review) a bisexual protagonist, an m/m romance, a lot of angry scientists, a prominent trans character, cheerful and fond skewering of various London subcultures, and an adorable cat.
I don't have a lot more to add to my given prompts, except to say that if we match on this then GOD FUCKING BLESS YOU and please write whatever you want; this is such a tiny fandom that I'll take almost anything. Especially if it involves Dr Daniel Khoo and his ridiculous personality. I love that he's going to be working with Natalya, and it would be great to see some of that.
There's also the fact that Ben Martin expresses a desire near the end of the book to get firmly, intensely and comprehensively laid and I, uh, would also be. interested. in that. Feel free to porn the hell out of it, is what I'm saying.
IN THE YES COLUMN:
I like humour and clever use of language. I like families (blood or found). I like slow-build romance and lightning attraction. I like mythology, and science, and Shakespeare. I like absurd tropes around fake relationships or marriages of convenience. I am a total sucker for close-to-canon AUs with magical powers or telepathy. I really like things happening in space.
I'm fine with any rating from complete gen to filthy porn, and with any combination of het/slash/femslash/none of the above. I love threesomes and moresomes. I enjoy stories that explore and play around with the control and power dynamics between characters, or obedience (although I don't like humiliation to be a feature). Happy endings preferred.
IN THE NO COLUMN:
I'm not a fan of soulmate tropes or A/B/O anything, I don't like pregnancy or kidfic as a general rule, and the kind of hurt/comfort that hinges on someone getting sick and the other person taking care of them is a bit too close to my day job for me to find it particularly interesting. 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.)
You can find most of my own fic archived on AO3, and I am fahye on tumblr if you wish to do some benign stalking.
Thank you so much, and have a great Yuletide!
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