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ingreatwaters ([personal profile] ingreatwaters) wrote2016-10-11 02:08 pm

Yuletide prompts

This is not really a letter, because I wrote everything I had to say in the signup itself, but if anyone is curious they're welcome to see it!

Yuletide writer, I hope you're feeling reasonably happy - I really do love all these people so much that I'll be glad just to see more of them.

Fandom: Aubrey-Maturin Series - Patrick O'Brian

Tags: Stephen Maturin (O'Brian), Diana Villiers (O'Brian), Tom Pullings (O'Brian)


I angsted a bit over my character requests here - I was tempted to request just Stephen, so as not to restrict things to either land or sea, but the other two wouldn't stay away. I don't need all three, but I do love them all.

I love Stephen to bits, and I'll be happy with fic with him more or less anywhere - but I do love the assorted characters of the books in general, so a shipboard or London/England/family setting is probably better than a background or spyhatty quest one. (Do what you love, though!)

And that said, a story focussing on either of the others (or both the others, although that's a bit mind-boggling) would also make me very happy, although a bit of Stephen somewhere would be nice.

I didn't request Jack simply because so much of the fic out there is centred on Jack and Stephen, and variety is the spice of life - but he's very welcome in the story, especially if he brings mixed metaphors!

I love Stephen's geekery, and his ineptness, and his enthusiasms, and the wordplay, and the way he confuses Jack's mind and the way he gets tangled up in his own, and the big extended family of the navy, and the extended family based around Sophie on land, and adventures, and Tom's competence and loyalty, and Diana's fierce generosity and (ruefully) the way she throws herself into things without stopping to think if they're the right thing.

I love fic that fills in gaps (not that I don't love plotty fic, but I can't write it, and I can't imagine how you start!), and for home based fic there are some lovely looking gaps between books - there are some lovely gaps within them too, though, both by land and sea...

I am in general not much of a shipper - I love exploring the relationships between characters in the wider sense, romantic and otherwise, but I never really feel the need to push characters into new romantic or sexual relationships just to please myself. So I'm not much of a slasher, but if you can't see Jack and Stephen any other way, that's fine, although I do definitely see them as part of a web of interlinked and sometime conflicting relationships, not with the men in the foreground and the women off somewhere in the background.

And I have to admit, Stephen and Diana are one of the few couples I really ship, rather than just watching with interest and hoping the characters are happy with their choices - I'm always desperately hoping they'll sort themselves out, and constantly frustrated! I'm definitely not expecting a happily ever after, even in the short term, but if you can only see the relationship as a bad thing, it might be best to steer clear.

I don't want to start making a great list of things I don't want, mostly because I don't know what half the things in other people's lists are, and I don't want to accidentally imply I do want something by leaving it out!
Smut is generally a bit wasted on me - I read the character bits and skip the mechanics! Otherwise no darker/angstier/gorier than the books is probably fair, and still gives plenty of scope!

Fandom: Hornblower - C. S. Forester

Tags: William Bush (Hornblower - C. S. Forester)


I would like more Bush, please - at sea with Hornblower, at sea without Hornblower (Temeraire or Nonsuch?), enjoying himself on land, at home with his sisters, at Sheerness pining for the sea, or even better, at Sheerness doing his best not to pine for the sea and to build up the life he now has. Or, really, anything you can think of!

I love Bush's stoicism, and his courage, and his competence, and his intolerance of foolishness, and the way he just gets on with things and keeps them going, and the way he sees his own limits.
(And I would love, I admit, to see just one time when Bush's painstaking thoroughness manages to reach a conclusion that Hornblower's brilliance has simply leapt right over!)

I am in general not much of a shipper, in the sense of making up new romantic relationships, and therefore not much of a slasher - I find relationships in the wider sense quite interesting enough without adding anything!
So I don't really see Bush and Hornblower that way, in spite of authorial teasing - but if you do, that's fine, and feel free to write them that way.

That said, I'm not sure how I feel about OC relationships in this sense - they're certainly one of the things that might have happened to Bush along the way. If it's what you're dying to write, go for it - but again I'm probably more interested in what it means to and does for Bush than in romance as romance (not that his interactions would necessarily be romantic, anyway!).

I could potentially be interested in AUs of the trousers-of-time variety - 'what would have happened if this had gone differently' - but probably not the kind where everyone is in a completely different setting, because the setting is one of the things I love.

I don't want to start making a great list of things I don't want, mostly because I don't know what half the things in other people's lists are, and I don't want to accidentally imply I do want something by leaving it out!
Smut is generally a bit wasted on me - I read the character bits and skip the mechanics! Otherwise no darker/angstier/gorier than the books is probably fair, and still gives plenty of scope!

Fandom: Persuasion - Jane Austen

Tags: Frederick Wentworth, Anne Elliot, Sophia Croft


For some reason, despite my love of all things Georgian navy, I hadn't read Persuasion until quite recently, and I love it - the whole book, and the complex web of relationships between the various families and characters, but particularly the friendly, busy world of the naval characters - it's so obviously the inspiration for the similar world of the Patrick O'Brian books, which I've loved for a long time. (So if you don't know anything about the navy, don't worry - it's the cheerful friendly competence I love, rather than details of ships and actions - although they're good too.)

This is really an all or any request as far as characters go - I'd be happy to see more of any of them individually, of in any combination.

Admiral and Mrs Croft are my favourite of all the secondary couples in the book - I love their pleasure in each other's company and the way they organise their life together. So more of them, whether by land or sea, would be lovely - or something looking at Mrs Croft's relationship with her brother(s), or getting to know Anne better - either during the time of the book, or afterwards.

Anne is a bit of an enigma to me still - I can tell that she's well worth knowing, because all the nicest minor characters think so, but I don't find her character to be sketched as vividly as most of those others are. So I'd be interested in seeing more of anything - particularly her future life, maybe, but also that first romance, or anything of what happened and what she did in between, living quietly but uncomfortably with her family.

Frederick's relationship with his wife and sister are covered above, but there must also be many stories to tell of his naval career, and his friendship with Harville and Benwick. Or how will he fare in his career with the war over, and so many fewer ships needed? Is he one of those lucky enough to stay in active service - involved in the later exploratory missions, maybe - or does he come to settle down by land after a while?

I can see a kind of crossover potential here as well - the naval officers of this book and of the Aubrey-Maturin books obviously live in the same kind of world, meeting friends wherever they go and glad to meet them, and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if some minor - or even major - characters from one turned up in the other. (And if you're looking a bit earlier than the time of the book, while Hornblower would rather not know other people, if Bush doesn't live in that kind of world I suspect he'd like to.) But that is all up to you.

I don't want to start making a great list of things I don't want, mostly because I don't know what half the things in other people's lists are, and I don't want to accidentally imply I do want something by leaving it out!
Smut is generally a bit wasted on me - I read the character bits and skip the mechanics! You could probably get a good bit angstier and gorier than this and still be fine, but all things in moderation is definitely the way to go!
sharpiefan: Regency lady in white coming down stairs, (Anne Elliot)

[personal profile] sharpiefan 2016-10-11 04:05 pm (UTC)(link)
(Random aside, sorta... Didja see this Persuasion fanvid I made a while back?)