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...thank you so much for having signed up to write one of these fandoms/pairings! More than anything else, I hope you will enjoy writing at least some of these prompts/ideas. That said:

General likes: humor/snark, long plotty fic, canon pairings, retellings or resonance with myth/folklore/etc., worldbuilding, idealism, playing with or twisting tropes, AUs with subtle callbacks to canon, women being awesome in multiple (not just Strong Female Character, to quote Kate Beaton) ways, romance not being the sole concern or happiness in characters' lives. I also adore backstory or behind-the-scenes fic, and will always, always love outsider POVs and especially unreliable narrators for any of the pairs here.

General dislikes: explicit sex/violence/gore (anything up to M on AO3 should be fine, but nothing higher, please), consent issues, fics that hinge solely on hurt/comfort or angst/hopelessness.

Greek Mythology

Odysseus/Penelope

Hektor/Andromache

I really love all the fic retellings of Greek myth authors produce, and in past exchanges, the authors I've been lucky enough to have write something for me have usually produced works more amazing than anything I could think to request, so first off, if there is an idea that calls to you, please go for it! If you'd like more direction, though, some notes: obviously, I'm slanting a bit more towards the Trojan War, but--paradoxically--perhaps something that didn't dwell with the accompanying tragedy? Instead, for either--or both--of these couples, peeks at happier times might be interesting.

I love Odysseus and Penelope together, outwitting each other and everyone else around them, so: tell me about their courtship, or their rediscovering each other after Odysseus's return, or even Telegony fix-it fic (because honestly, I can't help but find that a terribly disappointing end for these two). I loved a lot of the Yuletide stuff produced for them on the old archive, from "Spider's Web" and "Incomparably Cunning" to "Turn and Turn Again"!

Hektor/Andromache might be more of a challenge, as their tragedy is basically what makes up most of their story, but I find I'm fascinated by their backstory. I think there's a whole lot of stuff there, from the sack of Thebe to the early years of the war to Hektor and Andromache learning their way as first among the princes and princesses of Troy! Basically, any backstory about Troy before the war would be great!

For both or either couple, political intrigue is something I find fascinating, as well as couples who are extraordinarily competent at ruling/manipulating/getting stuff done, so exploring that would be wonderful, too!

Howl's Moving Castle

Fanny/Mr Sacheverell Smith

Lettie Hatter/Ben Suliman

Howl Pendragon/Sophie Hatter

ALL THE MAD HATTERS! Seriously, though, I find this family fascinating; they start off as a family of four young working class women, and by the end of the book, two of them are witches in their own right, and they've married three of the top wizards in the country, as well as a millionaire. How do they adjust to these changes--CitA lets us know that Lettie and Sophie, at least, seem quite at ease, so how did that happen? So if you'd like to explore that, go for it! Feel free to add Michael/Martha in; I just didn't want to read a fic solely about them, as I feel HMC lets us know plenty about them. But I would also love a solo fic about any of the couples here, and some ideas for those:

First off, however did Fanny and Sacheverell meet and marry so quickly? We know next to nothing about them, and poor Mr Sacheverell Smith barely speaks in canon. Any sort of backstory/behind-the-scenes fic for these two would be really neat!

Lettie and Ben have similar problems; when we leave them in HMC, Lettie has been acquainted with approximately....half?...of Ben and is quite understandably flustered. In CitA, they're married. How does that progression work? Also, Ben is interesting because he has similar origins from Howl, but also seems to deal with them quite differently. How and why?

Which brings us, of course, to Howl and Sophie. ♥ I do appreciate the contrast between their continuous bickering and their grand moments of affections, as well as how well they work together when push comes to shove, but if you'd like a more exact prompt, Howl's POV in CitA has always fascinated me, something that elaborated on that would be really neat!

The Squire's Tales

Lynet/Gaheris

Terence/Eileen

Gawain/Lorie

These books are still one of my favorite versions of Arthuriana, so honestly, anything and everything with their particular style of humor/snark and dorky references would be amazing. I love all six characters listed--except do think Lorie fades rather, about her dramatic first appearance in The Squire's Tale and would love to see her snark with Gawain once again--so I will be thrilled to see fic for this tiny, tiny fandom pretty much no matter what! :D

Dalemark Quartet

Adon/Manaliabrid

Alhammitt/Libby Beer

Robin/Tanamil

As my poor friends probably know all too well by this point, I really love the Undying in the Dalemark Quartet, so any sort of backstory (Who are they? Where do they come from? What truth is there to the stories of how they met--or in Robin and Tanamil's case, what stories have grown around them?) would be absolutely fantastic. But quite honestly, I will probably think anything you write in this fandom, dear author, is brilliant!

The Princess Curse

All

I know I'm signed up for only two of the three pairings, but honestly, this is such a clever, darling book (it might be more geared for the young teen age group, but it's a quick read that is both a fairy tale and Greek mythology retelling, sort of) that I'd actually love to see a more canon-compliant final pairing too! (Er, hopefully that's not against the rules?) What happens next with Reveka and her final choice; AU where things go differently; or more about Vasile and Daciana--anything would be delightful for this fandom!

As a final note, please don't take rambling more about one fandom/prompt than another as some sort of indication that you absolutely need to do one instead of the other; as long as you have fun writing your fic, I am quite sure I will love it! Thank you so much in advance, and I very much hope this helps!

Date: 2013-06-30 02:58 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] elviella
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Wow, let me eye-heart at your prompts! *______* fantastic choice of couples, and I especially love your ideas for the greek mythology ones (incidentally, they are two of my mythology OTPs since I was a kid) (I was so bummed out when I learned all about Telegony much later in life. Both disappointing and extremely sad for a couple that had finally reunited after all these years)

I had no idea there was a rare pair fanfest! Are signups still on?

Date: 2013-07-01 12:56 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] elviella
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Well, I salute YOUR excellent taste in couples as well! As for the Telegony, I mostly choose to ignore it (it doesn't even make narrative sense tbqh). After all, there are so many versions of the same story when it comes to various mythologies, that I think we do have the right to ignore some things. (which is also what I find really intriguing about mythology, its fluidity and the people's relations to it)

Aaaah that's okay! Maybe it's for the best, between my vacations, museum volunteering and driving classes this summer. I always sign up for fests in the summer and I always tend to be really late in completing my assignment, so I could probably use a break from that (also for the purposes of writing fic that is not for an exchange). Thank you for linking to the other fest, though, I will definitely check it out (and probably indulge in my habit). :)

Date: 2013-07-02 03:10 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] elviella
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Indeed, indeed! Btw, do you have other favourite mythology couples? *chinhands* (Sorry I just...haven't talked about mythology with anyone in some time, and it's nice to be able to do it again *____*)

OH! Is there a link to that or should I wait? I would definitely enjoy participating. :3

Date: 2013-07-10 04:30 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] elviella
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*_____* Well, to be quite honest, I definitely need to have an evening with my childhood mythology books, because most of my opinions come from when I was more or less eight years old (one of my proud accomplishments was knowing greek mythology better than the palm of my hand). I am curious as to which dynamics I would enjoy the most now. But! I definitely really enjoy the few happy people mythology has to offer, and I also really love all the goddesses (the gods not so much - I remember liking Hephaestus, but then I understood the implications of rape in a lot of stories so my opinions have slightly changed), with a soft spot for the overlooked ones (like Hestia), and of course the Muses (sisters?? art?? science??? eyehearts everywhere). I also ship (unconsciously as a kid, definitely consciously now) Athena/Pallas! Despite all this, though, I think it was always the mortals who fascinated me the most, so the Trojan cycle was always one of my favourite things - the Iliad more than the Odyssey, and in the Odyssey, it was mostly the parts after Odysseus arrives in Ithaca, so I guess I always preferred complex human relationships to strange adventures! I also think the demi-gods or the offspring of major gods are really interesting in a lot of ways.
(and yesssss Perseus/Andromeda *___*)

The exchange at fic-corner looks very promising, btw! I still have to think if I will have the time to participate, though. The sad thing is that a lot of my favourite childhood books were originally written in Greek, so I don't think I could offer/request them :( (and to be fair, a lot of them reflect complex political situations which I don't think people can always handle).

Date: 2013-07-01 03:39 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] vialethe
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Yay, mythology prompts! I think I nominated Hecktor/Andromache but ended up not requesting them in the end - you can probably guess one of the mythological pairs I did request! - but I'm glad to see you did! More chances for excellent Troy fic.

Date: 2013-07-02 03:45 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] vialethe
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Haha yes of course I nominated them, who else would have?! I think I nominated about half the total Greek Mythology pairs, because even if I didn't want to request a particular pairing, so much good stuff for them had come out of the 3SF. I'm thrilled it got you to sign up, it's kind of what I was hoping for!!

I would also be thrilled if you wrote that modern day Wars of the Roses! Somebody really ought to, but it's at the bottom of my already way too long to do list, so if you've got the motivation, go for it! I'd love to brainstorm about it or talk about your progress too. The more Richard/Anne fic the better!!

Date: 2013-07-03 10:38 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] vialethe
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Haha well I'm predictable too, so it's all good. They're most of the reason I signed up in the first place!

It's best if I don't speak of Margaret Beaufort, trust me! Elizabeth Woodville definitely needs to be included though, yes.

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