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Dear Yuletide 2011 Author... 
18th-Nov-2011 08:06 pm
Yuletide - Narnia
Dear Yuletide Author,

Sorry for not posting this sooner; blame the usual end-of-year/final-exam/holiday crunch. If it helps, you can treat everything I say here as recommendations rather than demands. Honestly, I will be tremendously excited to get any story this year. That said, here are my thoughts...

If Hell has frozen over and you've decided to write a Fu Manchu story, you can read what I had to say about the canon in my Yuletide letter for 2010. I will add that this is probably the fandom I want fic for most, because as far as I can tell there isn't any.

If you've picked Twin Peaks, anything goes: any character, pre- or post-series, missing scenes, AUs, crossovers, or straight-up pastiche -- have fun!

If you've chosen American Horror Story, here's the thing: this is my weekly crack fix. It is Grand Guignol on television, a wildly entertaining hot mess of a show. And thanks to its preference for melodrama over logic, and its burgeoning bloody backstory (seriously, at this rate by the end of this season The House will contain more ghosts than Disney World's Haunted Mansion), it's fertile ground for fanfic. Some suggested topics:
  • What are the ghosts up to when they aren't visible? Do they always hang around, imperceptible, and comment on what's going on? Are they only intermittently present and/or aware, and spend some time dormant or in limbo?
  • Has Moira always had the dual maiden/crone manifestation as a ghost? If not, when did it start, and was it gradual or a sudden thing? Did she realize it herself, or was she tipped off by others' reactions to her?
  • The Rubber Man: I was frankly disappointed when they revealed who'd been in the latex. Feel free to come up with alternate takes on the character -- another ghost, an Lovecraftian entity that uses the suit to give it a comprehensible form, The Author (if you want to go all meta and screw with the fourth wall), etc.


Finally, remember: correct grammar and spelling are our friends.
Comments 
7th-Dec-2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
Hiya!

So, I'm not your Yuletide author. But they asked if I'd leave a comment on their behalf asking you to fill in your third Yuletide option? It's the one they can write for, I guess, and they don't want to disappoint you by writing something you wouldn't like! :)

Apparently I am now a Yuletide fanbassador. :D
7th-Dec-2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
UM OR I could have got both the email and your post wrong!

Apparently when I was asked, all there was at the post was a placeholder, and they didn't know you'd changed it to a post, so they didn't want more info after all. DISREGARD MAH COMMENT. :D
7th-Dec-2011 10:12 pm (UTC) - Greetings, Yuletide elf!
I'm pretty sure I discussed all three options...(*checks "Dear Yuletide Author" entry*)

Yeah, Fu Manchu, link to last year's entry; Twin Peaks, lettre de cachet; American Horror Story, bullet list of suggestions. Unless there's been a mix-up and my writer thinks I requested another fandom, that should cover it.

Thanks for playing telephone!
7th-Dec-2011 10:13 pm (UTC) - Re: Greetings, Yuletide elf!
Yeah, that was totally me being a doofus :D No worries. Sorry about that!
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