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[comm] dear genex author:

Dear genex author,

This is my first time participating in a definitely-gen exchange. I am really excited about it, but this is somewhat new ground for me, even if a lot of my ship-fics could be read as gen with the right goggles. I am [archiveofourown.org profile] failsafe on AO3. This letter is some prompting guidelines but is not binding. I am excited to see whatever you come up with and this letter is to help rather than bind you!

I retool my dislikes and likes from pretty much the same pool for every exchange. I'm trying to make it a little more enlightening for gen specifically this go-around. You can reference any of my other dear author letters for the typical list and anything else you'd like to know about me that I don't share here.

Dislikes: character bashing towards anybody, explicit gore, nihilism, hopeless endings (but sad is okay), no powers AUs

Likes: missing scenes, platonic affection, found families, loyalty, worldbuilding, epistolary fiction, monster-of-the-week / slice of life adventures, earned second chances, dealing with consequences, post-canon, bonding experiences, funny-awkward situations, "what if" / canon divergence AUs, earned happy endings, holidays, casefic, groundhog day trope, healing, canon-typical themes



Fate/stay night

I have seen the UBW anime, parts of the Deenime, and have read part of the Fate route of the VN. I'm still working on it, but I am spoiled to high heaven. I know pretty much everything that you could use as a reference, so don't mind about that. I have also seen Carnival Phantasm, if that is more your fancy for setting or tone. Oh, and Waver so, I have seen Fate/Zero and read the LN.

Tohsaka Rin & Waver Velvet

I get the sense that these two bonding would be a long road but a very likely one in the end. I would love to read something from a point in their knowing each other where they end up sharing an experience that brings up any baggage they might have from their Holy Grail War or comparing notes about them either seriously or humorously. They both 'lost' Servants who meant a lot to them personally who sort of changed their aim in their Holy Grail Wars in a way. If you'd like to write more about the here-and-now when they would know one another, Clock Tower shenanigans or arguments would also be up my alley, or perhaps they run into each other in London and must conceal the fact that they are magi in some interesting way. If you have an idea about the predicted Grail dismantling that involves the two of them, I would love to read that, too. Fix-it time-travel wibbly-wobbly set in whatever is going on in Fate/GO is also good. Time travel is usually on my list for stuff I like, but this is the only prompt where I feel like it's relevant this time.

Heroic Spirit EMIYA & Matou Sakura | Archer & Matou Sakura

When I first learned that they literally never interact in the VN, I felt a little bit like this was a tremendous narrative oversight or lack of care to give Sakura a full narrative. Being more charitable, however, I can imagine that with the background Archer has that perhaps interacting with Sakura seems a bit painfully fatalistic. Shirou and Sakura were, by some definition, possibly best friends before the events of FSN. In each of the routes, something threw a pretty enormous curve ball at all of that, even HF. (This isn't a ship-focus exchange, but I actually am not a big Shirou/Sakura fan, in case that is relevant, even though I am very interested in their relationship in gen ways. Hence requesting this!) For Sakura, I am always interested in canon divergent AUs, if those are your cup of tea for a Sakura-oriented fic. I would love to know what for want of a nail or given a nail situations could change the game for her. I feel a bit like HF kind of creates such an ultimatum between Sakura's happiness and survival and the happiness of everyone else that it's hard to feel content with it. I would love to read anything that sort of balanced that or even a dark fic that turned out well for Sakura but sort of dealt with how it was difficult for others. Perhaps if you went the latter route, your Archer and Sakura interaction could involve his empathy and frustration with this.

Heroic Spirit EMIYA & Illyasviel von Einzbern | Archer & Illyasviel von Einzbern

So, I'm not even there in my reading of the VN and I have just heard about the line in the Deenime, but hearing about Archer's final words to Illya in the Fate route is agonizing and beautiful. I would love any kind of elaboration on that theme you want to throw at me, though you are likely to be met with mild hysterics as an initial response. As much as Archer may have a bit of and feigns a lot of amnesia, it would seem then that he acknowledges that he knows Illya and remembers her. This twists and hurts my heart because of seeing Shirou's initial reaction to her in Fate route and knowing just how long Archer has been carrying around memories, holding onto them and covering them up. From Illya's point of view, I would like to know if she recognizes Archer for his true identity on her own. If not, how might she react if she finds out? I actually know very little about the Prillya verse, but I've heard there's an Archer-y version of Illya in it? If I am correct and you know about that, this would be the one time I would request a fic that takes something I know that little about into consideration. That was probably the most compelling thing I have heard about Prillya and I would love to compare/contrast the how's and why's. Of course, Kiritsugu daddy baggage could be a topic of interest. If you want to do an idyllic everyone lives and coexists fic where they do something silly, I would eat that up, too.

Lilo & Stitch (2002)

This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Not just one of my all-time favorite kids' movies, but one of my all-time favorite movies. I actually just generally like kids' movies a lot, but Lilo & Stitch is comfort food to me. When I wake up sick in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep, I will come downstairs and watch Lilo & Stitch as a way to kill time in a way that will soothe me. It warms my heart, and I knew I would love the film from the very first moment I saw Stitch. I just didn't know how much I would love it or that this love would endure into my adulthood. I'm not super-familiar with the cartoon, and I kind of think I prefer only film-compliant fic, but I'm not going to have a complaint if you feel inspired to include things from the series.

Lilo Pelekai & Stitch

A little girl and her dog. A little girl and the alien who came in and turned her life upside down. Partners in crime. Model citizens. I love how their relationship is shown throughout the movie and how I imagine it might develop and maintain over time. One thing that fascinates me is what happens when one imagines adding just a little splash of realism to the mix. I would love to read about a situation where Cobra, Lilo, and Lilo's whole extended family really had to help Stitch because he is so obviously an otherworldly creature in his true form. I would love to know what Lilo does with her life when she grows up and how she includes Stitch in it. I would like to know what might happen if hostile alien forces threatened Earth and Lilo and Stitch were involved in saving the world! Or I would like to read more about their holiday traditions or any unusual conversations they have because Stitch is, well, an alien. This or anything in between. I love the whole cast and was torn about asking for any or this, so anyone you want to include in your fic is great with me!

Hunger Games Series - All Media Types

I'm familiar with both the books and the movies and you can write fic calling on either or some mixture of the two. I love this series and the tough questions it grapples with about war and revolution and media. If you want to do a canon-divergent AU where things are a bit better for them, I am not opposed! Someone lives AU, the outcome of the war was a bit different AU, something different happens at the Quarter Quell AU, whatever. However, I would prefer no modern or no-bad-government-at-all AUs. One of my favorite things about this series and one of the things that made me pick it up was that District 12 is in my home area, Appalachia. Anything that draws on that is a bonus for me because I so rarely see my region featured in fiction that appeals to me.

Katniss Everdeen & Finnick Odair

The power of this friendship is subtle but lingering to me. I love how their relationship is treated like an anchor for both of them in the early part of Mockingjay. I love the rush of realization that flooded over me through Katniss's eyes when she realized that Finnick was on her side in Catching Fire. I could go on, but I love how their relationship builds through this series of little moments that lend themselves so well to a strong friendship. Even in this gen exchange, I'll admit, I love shipping, but this relationship makes it so easy to feel the power of these interactions without feeling conflicted about whether their chemistry is platonic or romantic. It is so powerful without being the latter. Finnick's backstory holds morbid fascination for me. I hate it, but I feel that its inclusion was a powerful worldbuilding moment in the series. I have wondered what the characters' lives might have been like if the Quarter Quell had been different enough that things carried on more like usual. I wonder what the 76th Hunger Games with Katniss and Finnick and the others as co-mentors would have been like. If you wish to remain canon-compliant, any missing moment would be nice. Katniss's initial mistrust of him when they meet in District 4 also lingers in my mind. I'm not sure if it counts exactly, but I would also not be opposed to reflecting on Katniss and Finnick's friendship through Katniss's interaction with his son post-canon.

Haymitch Abernathy & Katniss Everdeen & Peeta Mellark

I actually have a tumblr tag for this in spite of lacking the presence of mind to keep novel tags most of the time. (I tag specifically rather than playfully most of the time.) It's been a while since it has been updated, but if you flip through this you might see some things that stand out to me about it. Effie is in there, too, and I would include her in "Team District 12," so if you want her to be around that's fine. I also am totally fine if she's not. I loved the beginning of Catching Fire and a part of me wishes that I could have lived there just a little longer. Even though I know things were painfully awkward for Katniss and Peeta during that time, I would love to have another little moment before the train comes, sometime during those intervening days and weeks, when the three of them are interacting. They are neighbors, after all. Perhaps there are run-ins that are unavoidable in spite of everything the three of them do to avoid them. One thing I wished the movies hadn't needed to remove were the ways Peeta was known for his art and Katniss masqueraded as a pseudo-fashion designer and icon to fill the need for publicity coverage. Something that kind of works with that and what a nuisance and strange violation it might have been or both of them trying to find refuge in Haymitch's surly counsel would be great. I also loved with Katniss and Peeta learned more about Haymitch and his Games. (I definitely want this fic to remain within the parameters of this exchange, but Peeta/Katniss was my endgame ship even before I knew it was canon, so I just am mentioning that here so you don't feel compelled to aggressively imply that's never going to happen for my sake.)


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