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Welcome to my Yule letter/pimp post!


If you're writing fic for me, I love you.

You'll notice I throw a lot of ideas out-- feel free to take one, take many, take none. They're options, so you know the sorts of things I enjoy, rather than everything that I will be fussed if you don't include in the fic. I'm not a fussy type.

Other General Info:

I like: Plot, adventures, banter and dry humor, over the top AUs, gen, slash, femslash, het, any rating, interesting narrative voices and/or concepts.

I don't like: Deathfic, gratuitous angst, character-bashing, introspective character pieces.

THE REQUEST: Winx Club (Stormy, Icy, Darcy)
I love the Trix. They're complete assholes, but I've always liked their HBIC attitudes, especially in the first season. Actually, I specifically enjoy the first season most-- they're still students, even if they're total Mean Girls, and clearly plotting to take over the world. They also don't really spend the first season fighting over guys the way they do later on; Darcy's stealing Riven notwithstanding, of course. They don't fight each other).
I'd love pre-series fic about how they met and became this force to be reckoned with at Cloudtower. Or maybe you could explain what the difference between witches and fairies is (besides that one group is evil and has awesome eyeshadow, and the other dresses like hookers and have wings). I'm also a femslash fan, so pairing fic with the three of them would be great.
I also really like the Winx, regardless of their terrible fashion sense. If you want to write a plotty adventure pitting the Trix against the Winx, or where the two groups have to reluctantly team up, that'd be amazing. Tecna, Musa and Bloom are my favorite Winx, for the record. I like Stella and Flora too, but their both a little girly for my tastes. Also, I ship Tecna/Musa a lot.
Finally, I'd also enjoy an AU where the Trix managed to actually defeat everyone at the end of Season one. What happens then?

My original version of this request was just "Nom nom nom sympathetic, character-building femslash that doesn't involve them fighting over a dude."

I would love world-building fic, but if you want to write trashy femslash porn, or gen adventures, or them beating up underclassman-- ALSO awesome.

The Fandom: Winx Club is an animated television series directed, created, and produced by Iginio Straffi and his company Rainbow S.r.l.-- it's the the first Italian cartoon to be sold in the U.S. According to Iginio Straffi's website, "Winx Club is an action and fantasy show combined with comedic elements. In the mystical dimension of Magix, three special schools educate modern fairies, ambitious witches and supernatural warriors, and wizards from all over the magical universe."

It's sort of like an Italian Sailor Moon with weirder clothes and sillier plots. The main characters are five (six in later seasons) teenage girls who go to a school for fairies to learn how to control their powers. Over the course of the series, they unlock their transformations and battle the forces of darkness. The first season (which is my favorite) follows Bloom, a human girl who learns she's an adopted fairy and forms the Winx Club, a group of friends. The Trix are the main villains, attempting to steal the source of Bloom's power and basically take over the entire world of Magix.

It's about as cheesy as it sounds, and the art style takes some getting used to, but if you like silly kid's cartoons, give the show a try. You can find it streaming here.

THE REQUEST: Murts (Wecomic), (Any)
I can't decide on characters to request. I pretty much love every character in this series. I love that characters appear to be all over the gender and sexuality spectrum, and I ship kind of everything: Quint/Felix, and Quint/Fischer Prince, and Yulie/Vesta and Agai/Atya (in their dream bodies or as Marius and Quint), Felix/Vesta, Fischer Prince/Vesta...

Also, dream logic is my favorite thing in the world. Utterly surreal, mutable landscapes, people losing their memories and being what they most identify with (Marius becoming the Fischer Prince-- the double pun makes me go all nerdily gooey). If you want to write about Vesta or Quint or Marius/FP navigating such a changing world, that would be beautiful. If you want to examine the way UM seems to twist things into a narrative (The Fisher King vs Fischer Price), or the devouring of dreams and selfhood that seems to make up the "matter" of the UM, I'm totally cool with worldbuilding.

There's also Quint and Felix's family lives to talk about. And Vesta's apparent prior relationship with Felix. And the fact that Yulie and Vesta's relationship appears to be far enough along that Yulie's little brother has a nickname for Vesta. And who/what are Agai and Atya?

But whatever you do, I'd love to have the UM creeping in around the edges, because that sort of confusing dreamworld is what drew me into the series.

Basically, I love the character interaction, but I love the way the interaction combines with the dreamstuff, to make the world creepier than it might should be. If you just want to write fluffy relationship fic, I'll certainly enjoy it, since I love the character interactions, but bringing in surreal and/or terrifying UM-based imagery will just kick it up that one more notch for me. I love suspense and dream-logic based horror. (Gore and jump-scares not so much. The reason I love surreal horror is the building suspense.)

The Fandom: Murts is about the mysterious world of dreams, not dreams themselves but the place dreams are made out of and what goes on underneath, around and outside of the dreaming mind- the hidden dangers lurking, waiting... Sleepers are vulnerable to nightmares who want to ensnare them, this is the story of would-be protectors and their struggle.

An extremely short, currently updating webcomic (unfinished, at one chapter and a few pages of the second). If we matched on something that you just don't find workable, and you enjoy adventure-mysteries with paranormal elemants, take half an hour to check out Murts! Being about dreams, the writing and art can get very surreal, and the author experiments regularly with interactive content. It's also a multiracial cast, with a number of clearly queer characters, so if that's your bag you might have fun with it. '
The author's DevArt gallery, with the most recent pages
Her cleaner comics site, but minus the interactive content

THE REQUEST: Lady Lovely Locks and the Pixietails (Lady Lovely Locks)
Stupid toy-based girls' cartoons ahoy! I love this series because the princesses are the focus, and I'm a sucker for turning fantasy tropes on their heads. Princesses saving princes, and that sort of thing.
Here are some ideas:
* A more adult take on the Princesses-- running their kingdom, trying to save it, etc. Either cheesy fantasy in the swords and sorcery mode (fighting dragons, saving wenches), or a more cerebrable political thriller thing.
* How did Lady Lovely Locks gain her throne anyway-- did she destroy her enemies in a bloody civil war? I hope so.
* Politics! A coup or democratic revolution. Is it bloody? Did Duchess Ravenwaves instigate it? How does that work when LovelyLocks is apparently mystically tied to the land?
* Lady LovelyLocks/Duchess Ravenwaves fic. I shipped them like burning and Ravenwaves was always lusting so heavily after LovelyLocks' hair. Maybe she had a fetish. Bonus points if LovelyLocks turns out to be a Domme, okay. Similarly, if you can use RavenWaves' telescope for exhibitionist purposes... (I should point out here that I still love the Carebears BDSM fic.)

This makes the second cheesy six-year-old girls' cartoon, I know. The "character-building femslash" goes here too. I feel like I would love similar stories-- something super cheesy and plotty, something serious and world-building, sex, or some combination of the above.

The Fandom:The Lady Lovely Locks animated series began in 1987. The premise of the series is that Lady Lovely Locks is the princess of the Kingdom of Lovelylocks (it's a kid's show, roll with it). She and her friends, Maiden Fair Hair and Maiden Curly Crown, are aided by the Pixietails in keeping the kingdom safe from its enemies. The main villain is Duchess Ravenwaves, the archenemy of Lady lovely Locks. She plots to take over the kingdom for herself, believing that cutting off a piece of her hair would succeed. The series was produced by the French and Japanese animators of Rainbow Brite and Jem, among other cartoons of the '80s.

Much like Winx, LLL is about as cheesy as it sounds, but it's SUPER nostalgic. You can find it on Youtube here. There are only 20 episodes, and they're all about 10-12 minutes long, so it doesn't take much time to give it a try.

THE REQUEST: Yoroiden Samurai Troopers | Ronin Warriors (Xiu Lei Huang | Kento Rei Fang)
How is Shin not a character? I love Xiu/Shin with Shin being snarktastic and Xiu being smug and solid and dependable. But, honestly, anything with Xiu would be great. It can be pre, post, or mid series, I'm not too fussed, but I especially love his interactions with the other Troopers. He's solid and dependable, and that's my favorite sort of boy either in a paring or in ensemble.

Alternately, once again, I really like plotty adventure fic, so Xiu saving people would be super awesome. If you want to write about Xiu fighting Rajura's illusions, that's also awesome! I always felt like that stone vs illusions match up should get more attention.

I used to frequent the Minkland archive back when this fandom still kinda existed, and was forever disappointed that the skinny pretty boys got tons and tons of fic and Xiu was just sort of there in the background. Not that I didn't love the ridiculous semi-crack/semi-porn/semi-AU fic. I do. OH I DO. Weird-ass AUs and kinky semi or wholly porn would also be supercool! Dress Xiu up in leather or something. Mmm, butch boys.

FTR, I don't care if you use the American or the Japanese names, as long as you stay consistent.

My only real deal-breaker is uselessly girly Shin. It's so damn common and I don't know if people got it from his lovely British accent, powder blue armor or what, but I like him being butch if shows up (whether for shippy reasons, or just ensemble fic).

If you used to read Mink and Jink's fic, I will be so happy I could cry if I got that sort of cracked-out porny, possibly AU fic with Xiu, okay
Fics I especially enjoyed from that archive:
The Grand One
The Clit Club Chronicles
The Harem
Vinyl Wagashi
Cherry Zima Threesome
Theater of Magic

Due to that formative influence, if you want to GO FOR THE AU, GO FOR IT WITH GUSTO. I've always wanted nanshoku/samurai AU (see this image). Or, you know, hooker fic, or dark!troopers fic, or harem fic or something like that.

The Fandom: Ronin Warriors, known in Japan as Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (lit. "Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers"), is a Japanese anime series and manga adaptation created by Hajime Yatate. It's the story of five teenage boys, given mystical armor to protect the world from the evil Arago. 1000 years ago, Arago nearly succeeded in taking over the human world when Kaosu managed to defeat him. Although Arago's soul is banished to the demon world, his armor is left intact. Kaosu divided the armor into nine separate armor suits. Each armor will choose its bearer, and together they will fight Arago. At least that was the original intent... Although Arago manages to corrupt four sets of the armor, the last five remain safe. The bearer of these fives suits of armors are called Samurai Troopers and they are tasked with protecting the human world from Arago's return.

It's a bit like Power Rangers, only grounded in more serious traditional Japanese cultural trappings. Being created in the 80s, the art style is a little wonky, but it's an enjoyable thriller show, and somewhat more focused and serious than a lot of sentai shows tend to be.
Sadly, it's pretty hard to find anything but the english dub streaming anywhere, although IIRC, Netflix has the DVDs.

Date: 2012-10-30 07:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sirvalkyrie
Stupid question, which Winx Club English dub did you watch? There are some details different between them.


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