Look, let’s face it, the potential for shenanigans, absolutely insane 1970s spy-era ridiculousness is is very high. I would love something along those lines – adventure to reclaim a MacGuffin that will put the West ahead of the East by one-step in the Cold War? Love it. Klaus needs to go undercover and there’s only one person Dorian will allow to go undercover with him (Dorian. The one person is Dorian himself)? Genius.
I would be equally happy with anything with these two. Doesn’t even have to be slash. Gen adventure time, pre-slash pining and hand brushes à la 2005 Pride and Prejudice? Gorgeous. If you’ve been paired with me because of this fandom? Know that nothing you write will be anything less that gratefully received!
Monstrous Regiment – Terry Pratchett
God, I love this book. I love all of Discworld, to be honest (the world building – just delightful) but there’s a special place in my heart for Monstrous Regiment. Was I a bit of a goth as a teen, trying too hard to fit in and impress like Maladict? Possibly. Not the point. But the dynamic between these two is just perfect – social layers aside, it’s mostly the way they play off each other. I’d love something from the further adventures post-canon – politics? The next battles they fight and win? Balls that Maladict has to help Polly navigate the delicate intricacies of? Yussss…
I’m also a huge fan of Tonker/Lofty and Jackrum the perpetually-exasperated sergeant/Rupert-wrangler (because we all know that old soldiers never really retire… at least, not our Jackrum).
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
This is a bit of a longshot – I know this is a bit of an older fandom, but if you’ve been paired to me through this fandom, I’m hoping it’s because you love the story as much as I do. Even if you’ve read it once or ten times, if this is the first step into the pool of fic or an ongoing affair with it.
I love Richard’s reactions to London Below – his character growth through the story. While I love Richard and Door’s interactions, I love me a snarky anti-hero, a person who is definitely not there to help, really, but just can’t help by do the right thing when needed – I really like the Marquis and the way he reacts to this ‘normal’ person coming into his world. And the possibilities with the weird things in London are endless – even just with the names of the various tube stations!
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett
Anything. Absolutely anything. Nick falling into a case that he just can’t help but investigate? Nora being just as intrigued? Love it. Again, anything you come up with for this, I will love.
Ocean’s 8 (2018)
Just… kick-ass ladies. They’re all kick-ass in their own ways, and it’s just fantastic how it all weaved together in one big con – but where do they go from there?
I haven’t chosen any characters for this, so you’re free to focus on whoever you’d like – gen or femslash, it’s all good.
Ah, Pride. Found families played out on screen. I have a particular weakness for the found family trope, so I would love something along those lines – maybe with Gethin/Jonathan meeting Steph for the first time? Feel free to chuck in as many of the others as you’d like (or none of them, it’s entirely up to you!) but these three are my favourites.
Steph’s first Christmas away from home (‘tis the season, after all!) What about navigating the social scene? Heartbreaks and comfort? Yes, please!
At the end of the day, this is your story, your work. Aside from my DNWs on the main sign-up (Preg/Mpreg, A/B/O, angst-without-a-happy-ending, rape/non-con, hardcore kink) – aside from that? I will definitely be happy with whatever you write, I promise. There’s no pressure on this, besides the guidelines for the exchange, and I would rather you have fun than stress over this, because we’ve all had a lot of stress this year! Just breathe, relax… and I’ll see you on the other side.