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dramaturgy ([personal profile] dramaturgy) wrote2014-10-20 12:48 pm


My dear Yuletide person:

Hello. Welcome to the madness.

First of all, I promise that there's a 99.9999% chance that I am going to love whatever you write so don't worry about that. I get excited whenever somebody writes me stuff. It makes me fuzzy. Blanket warning for spoilers in this letter, so be careful if you don't want any of those.

Anyway. Here's my noms:

1. Sleepy Hollow (TV)
Katrina Crane, Ichabod Crane
Something with Ichabod/Katrina during the Revolutionary War. Their courtship, early marriage, or just anything.

Repeat from last year. Kind of vague, but this is a pairing that I truly love. I know everyone is all about Ichabbie and I like them and all but I am so about Ichabod and Katrina. I think she got underused last season but they're definitely stepping up their game for her this season. You could even write about them in the present if you're not up for historical fiction. I love them and I need more of them, and that's about it. If you want to include Jeremy/Henry in there that's cool.

2. In the Flesh (TV)
Simon Monroe, Kieren Walker
Like his biblical counterpart, Simon Monroe was chosen by the Undead Prophet and also like Simon Peter, he denied him by refusing to kill and even saving the First Risen. How does he feel about that? Was it an easy decision, despite how new he and Kieren are to each other, or was it hard, to turn his back on the thing that gave him new life, so to speak?

So I have become obsessed with the use of religious themes and text in "In the Flesh"; Revelations is mentioned a lot, the Undead Prophet has twelve disciples, and given this I feel like it can't be a mere coincidence that Simon shares a name with the most famous disciple, the one who becomes the first pope: St. Peter.

If you don't know the story, it's in all four of the gospels and following a show of faith, Jesus gives Simon the name Peter, meaning "rock," calling him the rock on which his church will be built. (St. Peter is traditionally known as the first Pope, literally being the man who built the early Christian church. YMMV among Catholics and Protestants as to how literal this is.) Simon is obviously "chosen" by the Prophet, by being the one sent to kill the First Risen. When Jesus is arrested Peter later denies he knows Jesus to others three times. Simon hasn't exactly done the same to the Undead Prophet, but others clearly believe he has denied them a Second Rising. IDK what there is to be made of this, but I find it fascinating.

3. Da Vinci's Demons
Vanessa, Leonardo da Vinci, Nico, Girolamo Riario
Vanessa and Leo's relationship is what gives me life. A formerly (I assume) sexual relationship turned platonic. Imagine her as a young novice, sprung from the convent by a bombastic genius, and the wild shenanigans they could have had together!

I also love Nico and his arc fascinates me. He started as a hapless little ray of sunshine, and now he's this fun-sized package of kick ass. His protectiveness of Vanessa, and his new found survival skills courtesy of Riario. How will all this figure in his future work as Niccolo Machiavelli, the consummate writer and politician?

Or maybe Riario -- he seems to be someone who thinks himself capable of no good, until Zita, and when he loses that tether he again loses himself. Also another angle to look at the Nico and Riario dynamic from.

What it says on the box. I don't really have an addendum for this one. You can mix and match, combine elements... I just really really really want some DVD fic okay? There is no reason this fandom shouldn't be HUGE.

4. Hamlet - Shakespeare
Hamlet, Ophelia
"I did love you once."
"Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so."

The love affair of Ophelia and Hamlet.

One of my favorite pieces of Hamlet criticism/meta/whatever is called By the Way, Ophelia's Pregnant. I have always wanted to do a production that went into that a little deeper. I know it's super trendy to be obsessed with the Oedipal thing in Hamlet, or do Hamlet/Horatio, and while I love that, I feel like everyone just shoves Ophelia off to the side. And maybe it's oversimplistic but I take their relationship at face value. IMO there cannot be enough exploration of what is ultimately a doomed love affair.

ETA 10/29/14: I am not against a queer as hell Hamlet. If you want to include Hamlet/Horatio, or Hamlet/Ophelia/Horatio I would be down. I'm just tired of Ophelia being shunted off and being the price we pay for Tragic Danish Boyfriends.

5. Switched at Birth (TV)
Bay Kennish, Emmett Bledsoe, Daphne Vasquez
Bay and Daphne have had their ups and downs, but eventually they come to regard each other as sisters. (If that doesn't strike your fancy, give me some Bemmett. I live for Bemmett.)

You can go any way with this. If you want to run with the sisters thing, you can make it just about one event, or a "Five Times" thing. I feel like after this season they've become even closer, what with Angelo dying and Bay taking the fall for Daphne's vandalism. You can either use canon events that have already happened (like those two things) or project into future events.

And like I said, if you don't want to write about that, I also love Bemmett and would happily read all the Bemmett fic.

All the Diaval. He became a shapeshifter in the service of his mistress; does he ever wish he were still just a bird? When did he become as invested in Aurora's well-being as Maleficent was, when it was no longer just him doing her bidding? Was it cool being a dragon? (These are the important questions, okay.)

Um I love Diaval. I feel like I'd rather have a gen fic here than anything shippy. (I've poked my head into the Maleficent fandom and Maleficent/Diaval seems pretty prevalent, but that doesn't really strike me? If you want to stick it in the background that's okay, but I want the focus on Diaval as a character.

Okay, those are out of the way, so general guidelines:
1. Don't feel compelled to write sex. If you do it's fine, I'm a big girl, but I really don't want just an entire PWP. My only hard nos are A/B/O and non-canonical incest.
2. I like AUs, so it's perfectly fine to take a canon divergent route if you're inspired to do so. Please no high school/university or coffee shop AUs, that sort of thing. I've enjoyed some in my day and they can be good, but a lot of the time it seems like it's an excuse to write the characters without the challenges that their world presents. Ooh another AU I love is Daemon (a la His Dark Materials) AUs.
3. Even though I've listed characters, it is okay to not use all of them or use more than I nominated. i.e. if you want to use Amy Dyer or other Walkers or whoever in the "In the Flesh" prompt, or Zoroaster in the Da Vinci's Demons prompt, it's fine. If you want to do the Daphne and Bay prompt and not include Emmett at all, that's fine, you don't need to shoehorn in people who don't need to be there. I'll be okay with whoever you want to use to tell the story.

I might add more if I think of something else, but I'll try not to do it too often. I am with family on Christmas day and will probably be working like crazy the week after, so if I don't review right away don't worry. It's not you, it's this pesky thing called "real life." Last year I managed to drop off a short comment of the "EEEE THANK YOU" nature and then left a longer one later, so please be patient with me.

Liz aka [livejournal.com profile] dramaturgy

[identity profile] alley-skywalker.livejournal.com 2014-10-20 11:39 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm just here via skimming Yuletide letter and just wanted to say that while I'm way behind on Sleepy Hallow, I'm glad to see other people who don't hate Katrina. I really don't know what Tumblr has against her.

[identity profile] dramaturgy.livejournal.com 2014-10-21 01:53 am (UTC)(link)
I don't get it either, which is why I tend to stay out of the tags and stick to the couple of people I follow. She's a great character!

[identity profile] carmarthen.livejournal.com 2014-10-28 10:03 pm (UTC)(link)
+1 million on your Hamlet request! I'm so glad I'm not the only one.

[identity profile] dramaturgy.livejournal.com 2014-10-29 07:16 pm (UTC)(link)
YESSSSS I'm so happy too. *clings to*

(I read "Ophelia" by Lisa Klein when it first came out but it did not do it for me, I just want a good story where it hurts. XD)