keeping it vaguely imaginary (_afterism) wrote,
keeping it vaguely imaginary

dear yuletide writer!

Hi! :D

Firstly, for all of these requests, I would be delighted with any story about these characters and there's no idea I have my heart set on, so please write whatever works for you because I am 1000% sure I will love it. All this is just here for inspiration, and free feel to disregard all of it if you already have something else in mind!

Things I Like: adventure, fantasy (especially when it's anchored in the real world), myths and legends, science and pseudoscience and the Indiana Jones style of archaeology, case fic, roadtrip fic, shameless tropes (bodyswap! sudden telepathy! we must share body heat to survive!), apocalypse and post-apocalypse fic, vignettes and anything that reveals character. Also; swordfights, terrible jokes (and good jokes), silliness, what-if type AUs (where it's still the same characters in essentially the same universe, but anything else can change), moral ambiguity, first times, UST (especially when it takes a long time to get resolved), happy or hopeful endings. Porn is welcome but not required at all.
I love seeing characters showing affection in their own unique way, relationships being important and intense and not necessarily romantic, relationships that only make sense to the people involved, and love being anything but straightforward.

Things I Don't Like: non-con, permanent character death, abuse of any kind, anything to do with pregnancy or kids that isn't canon, bleak and hopeless endings. I am a little bit flexible on these, especially in dark!fic, but please have a very good narrative reason if you do include any of them.

Bedazzled (1967)
Stanley Moon, George Spiggott
If you're unfamiliar with the fandom but curious: it's a film starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, about a man who sells his soul to Lucifer in exchange for seven wishes, which in theory he uses to woo the woman of his dreams but mostly he just becomes accidental BFFs with the Devil. (IMDB)
I would love anything! Maybe something post-canon, with Stanley moving on with his life and George continuing to be constantly, casually chaotic (or maybe the other way around), or maybe a slight AU where Stanley wishes for something else and/or George interprets his wishes differently.
Anything in the spirit of the film would be perfect! My favourite thing about it is the bizarre friendship that forms between Stanley and George, and how they genuinely seem to be a good influence on each other. I love how George is the only person who's ever taken an interest in Stanley, and how he's the only person he can really talk to - and how Stanley seems to think George is genuinely a good bloke who does bad things, and cares about him and wants the best for him. I'd love to see them continuing their unique type of friendship after the film ends - does George keep trying to tempt Stanley, and is there ever a point where he succeeds (and if so, does he give his soul back again for the right reasons this time)?

I'd love to see more of the club - maybe Stanley decides to do George a favour and go work for him there, to be his only employee that's both competent and actually likes him? I do love the discussions on God and angels and hierarchy, if you wanted to write them just talking about heaven and hell for the whole fic. Or, something set during the film - you could expand on any of the realities that Stanley's wishes created (the pop stars and Sister Luna are my favourite, but any!), or explore what other wishes Stanley might have made if he'd been nudged in another direction.

[Stanley/George isn't necessary at all, but click here if you're curious!]Stanley/George prompts: it would be impossible to go wrong, honestly. Anything would be wonderful - it could be a temptation, a curiosity, friends helping out friends, a twist to a wish that turns out surprisingly well for the both of them, somehow it's Lust's fault, somehow it's Envy's fault, Stanley realises he has genuine feelings, George realises he has genuine feelings and acts accordingly/terribly/surprisingly gentlemanly - anything.

Hark! A Vagrant
Nemesis (Hark! A Vagrant)
If you're unfamiliar with the fandom but curious: it's a short series of comic strips by Kate Beaton, and can be read here and one more here. They are a delight.
Anything that explored Nemesis's life, and especially his relationship with the brigand, would be wonderful! Intense hero/villain relationships are my everything - maybe what happened in the few times they've fought face to face, or what made them each other's nemeses? Something tropey? Soulmate AU? Anything, omg.
These two are everything I love in a pairing - the rivalry! the swordfighting! the overwhelming obsession! the possessiveness! the long-distance secret pining! the way their worlds revolve around each other! Brigand's face when he realises Nemesis carries a picture of him too! It is all gloriously ridiculous and I want more.

I would love anything that built on that. Any situation that forced them together, or, even better, forced them to work together despite their status as mortal enemies, or saving the other's life (especially if they're in a situation where, no, really, they should be trying to kill each other), would be wonderful. I would be delighted even if all that UST stays unresolved, because it hits my requited pining kink so hard.

(I am assuming everyone ships them, tbh, but if you don't then that's absolutely fine! Gen fic would be perfect, as long as it's still about these two being ridiculous about each other. I love how they both clearly have their own lives and are clearly good at what they do, but get utterly insane when the other is involved.)

Yonderland (TV 2013)
Elf (Yonderland)
If you're unfamiliar with the fandom but curious: it's a gloriously ridiculous comedy fantasy TV show, with puppets. Think Labyrinth meets Monty Python. It's hilarious and so, so fun. (IMDB)
I've requested Elf just because I want something focused on Yonderland rather than the real world, but feel free to include any other characters! This is even more omg anything than usual - a part of Yonderland we haven't seen yet? Another quest? Elf's previous attempts to save his world (his line about "someone's usually died by this time" stuck with me. What the hell.) Something dark would be wonderful, if you want, but I'd love anything in the same ridiculously fun tone of the show.
You don't have to include Elf at all, actually, if you've got a Yonderland-set fic in mind and aren't sure how to fit him in! I love would anything set in this universe, either exploring more of the places and characters we've already seen or creating new ones. I love how unreservedly silly it is, and self-referential, and surprising and creative and the easy inclusion of queer relationships and constantly sneaking adult jokes in. Every episode just makes me grin from start to finish. I reblog everything I love about it on my yonderland tag, but it can be summed up as everything.

I would love to know more about Elf, if you want to focus on him. The council of elders seems to rely on him an awful lot, and he appears to be in the quest-leading business (as Debbie seems to be far from the first person he's found/helped) - how did that start? Why does he do it? When did Nick the Stick come in/from? What does Elf do when he's not leading adventures across his world?

Something light and silly would of course be wonderful, but if you are interested in writing dark fic - (and now that I'm not signing up over the worst hotel wifi to ever exist, I can find the proper quote:) in the Wizard Bradley episode, Elf says, "You're doing great, on most of my quests there'd have been a death by now," and it's just so completely blasé that I am still laughing through my horror. I would love a fic about the trail of bodies that Elf apparently has been accidentally leaving throughout Yonderland (I assume he's not, like, murdering them, but if that's the way you want to go...) What were these quests? Previous saviours? Random bystanders? People from our world or creatures from Yonderland? Just how many deaths have there been for him to be so casual about it?! What happened?

Les Aventures Extraordinaires d'Adele Blanc-Sec (2010)
Agathe Blanc-Sec, Adele Blanc-Sec
If you're unfamiliar with the fandom but curious: it's a french film about an author/archaeologist/adventuress who essentially raises the dead in order to save her sister's life. There's a pterodactyl. It's very knowingly silly, and utterly wonderful. (IMDB)
Anything set before or after the film would be brilliant! I love the combination of unconditional love and fierce competition between the sisters, and the quietly fantastical world they live in - I'd love to see more of their adventures together, or at least alongside as they try to outdo each other.
I fell in love with Adele pretty much instantly. I love how competent she is, the sheer force of her personality, the way her first reaction to things going wrong is an exasperated sigh before she leaps into action. Her disguises and her ridiculous plans that actually work and her fearlessness are all so wonderful. We get so little of Agathe in the movie but I'd love to know more, since from what we do see she's just as intimidatingly brilliant as her sister.

I'd love to see the chaos they've caused in the past and probably will cause in the future, or what passes as domesticity in the Blanc-Sec apartment, and how Adele and Agathe catch up on the missing five years and learn to live with each other both fully conscious (if they manage it) - I'd love to see them working together or against each other, and the brilliant things they would achieve either way. Adventure or mystery fic would be amazing! And especially anything that explores the quietly magical world they live in, where pterodactyls can be hatched and mummies can be brought to life and a lot of people quite easily accept it, even if it takes a while.
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