tevere: Jihae, solemn with hint of smile (Default)
[personal profile] tevere
Dear Yuletide Writer,

The best way of making me happy is to find a story that you love, and then just write it. We already share a tiny (or, ahem, possibly medium-sized) fandom; to me, that's enough of a gift.

(Note: these general comments don't really apply to Flight of the Conchords-- so if you've matched me on that, skip on down the page if you like.)

I like realism in stories-- the acknowledgement of the messiness of real life and emotions, and the complicated nature of the world we live in. I like stories that acknowledge the influence of race, gender, power, culture. I love characters who strive to understand what's the right thing to do, who struggle to do the right thing, and who sometimes fail-- but have the strength to deal with the consequences, no matter how difficult.

I don't mind gritty realism -- these fandoms are gritty -- but I think on the whole I'd prefer something a little more optimistic than absolute nihilism.

I love sympathetic, nuanced portrayals of cultures that are traditionally misrepresented in mainstream media. I love acknowledgement of the fact that every story can -- maybe should -- also be told from a point of view other than the white, male, straight, able-bodied, Western, English-speaking one.

I have a lot of difficulty reading stories that contain gratuitous or uncontextualised violence and/or death. That's not to say I won't read stories that contain violence; in fact, to write any of these fandoms is to acknowledge the presence of violence. I just need it to be dealt with sensitively and realistically.

I have one unbreakable squick: explicit scenes of torture. (Let's give it the Geneva definition, rather than the Bush Administration version.) Mentions of offscreen torture -- which I can see as being pertinent to a story about sectarian war in Iraq, for instance -- are fine, as long as they're given the gravity the subject matter deserves.

East West 101 (Amina Malik/Zane Malik)

I'd love the story of how Zane and Amina got together, or the story of how they negotiate their multiple identities (Iraqi, Australian, Muslim) within the framework of their marriage. Or I'd equally love a story just focusing on Amina being her awesome self: a sexy, strong, opinionated, employed Muslim woman in a loving relationship. Does she ever struggle to balance her job and her faith and her family? Has she always worn a headscarf? She loves Zane, but has his job ever put a serious strain on their relationship? Who does she turn to for support?

Having examined the statistics, I can only conclude that if you've matched me on this, we probably know each other already. In which case-- no further discussion required! (I also suspect you're well aware of the comm, but for any other interested people: [community profile] eastwest101 is your one-stop resource for all things East West!)

One Thousand and One Nights aka Arabian Nights (any)

I'd love a modern take on any of Scheherezhade's stories, relating to current events in the Middle East.

I may have mis-worded this slightly-- I didn't mean to imply that the Middle East is solely defined by the war in Iraq, for instance. And I didn't mean for this prompt to be for war story, necessarily. I would, however, like a story set in a Middle Eastern country, told from a non-Western POV. Is Scheherezhade a university student in Amman? Is Sinbad battling debt and trying to keep a business afloat in Baghdad? What would a non-literal modern-day genie be?

Generation Kill (Antonio Espera/Brad Colbert)

Espera and Brad have one of my favourite friendships in the series - it would be awesome to see them just hanging out and bickering and being buddies, either in Iraq or back home.

Are there any Espera POV stories in the fandom yet? I love Espera's cranky, misanthropic introspection, and his sometimes completely misguided (but sometimes spot-on!) musings about all the -isms in the world. I love Brad and Espera bouncing off each other -- intellectually -- but I'd prefer a platonic friendship, please, rather than slash. (Brad and Nate will forever and ever be my OTP in this fandom.)

Flight of the Conchords (Murray Hewitt)

Aww, Murray. It would be great to see him achieve a measure of happiness in his life, either in a relationship outside of the band, or a genuine friendship with someone. (I see Murray as straight, but your mileage may vary.) Gentle mocking in the tone of the show is encouraged! but I would prefer a story that's on the whole sympathetic towards him. Appearances from other characters welcome, as long as they don't steal the limelight too much.

I have only one thing to say: please don't be mean to Murray :(

(All right, and a second thing: I'm fine with prose, so don't think you have to write songs or anything, unless you want to! Oh-- and taking the show's slightly bittersweet tone and moving it through to still-imperfect-but-overall-happy would be the perfect story for me, rather than straight-up fluff.)

Oh, and if it helps you-- you can find most of my stories here.

Date: 2009-11-13 10:59 am (UTC)
torachan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] torachan
N'awww, Murray! I hope someone writes you Murray fic!

Date: 2009-11-13 12:11 pm (UTC)
copracat: Malik performs wudu (eastwest101 - malik)
From: [personal profile] copracat
You know, if you were to include a link to [community profile] eastwest101 your yuletide writer might be able to follow the intriguing description you give of Amina to some discussion and resources. Should they find they want to get into a new fandom.

I'm just saying.

I have no agenda.

Date: 2009-11-13 12:29 pm (UTC)
copracat: Close up of Lim and Callas from the police drama East West 101  (eastwest101 - lim)
From: [personal profile] copracat
You're so good not to notice my sneakiness. I was shamelessly attempting to steal your Generation Kill or Flight of the Conchords match!

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