Thanks so much for writing for me this year! Here are some things that might be helpful which you can disregard at will!
General Likes, Dislikes and Other Minutiae
+ Some things I love (obviously not all of which will be relevant to all of my requests!): Fic about women. Female friendships. Tropey or cracky fic which is committed to wholeheartedly and finds the cool or powerful or interesting angle of the crazy idea. Details. Unusual narrative styles. Fic that's wistful or funny or about something beyond just the relationship, or about the details of everyday life. I like fic about the feelings of things beginning. I like to know what the weather feels like. I like when those details can make me feel what the character is feeling.
+ Totally all about dirty fic if you want to work that in there: kink is awesome, go crazy. Very very much about dirty fic that stays in character and is creative about whatever's going down.
+ Dislike: character bashing, especially of women; fic that basically recounts a scene we've seen onscreen
+ All my past Yuletide letters are here!
+ Person most qualified on this planet to answer questions wrt my fic tastes: annakovsky and for additional New Girl support, blithers.
+ I run my mouth off way too much on Tumblr.
My actual requests, plus commentary:
Request #1: New Girl
'ships I love: Nick/Jess (uh, obvs), Nick/Jess/Schmidt and Nick/Schmidt, Nick/Jess/anyone else
You're in luck (maybe?) -- I have a tag on Tumblr called 'fic I wish existed' in which I've been collecting New Girl fic ideas of varying degrees of crackiness and coherence all year: fic I wish existed (Um, I think they're better the further back you go. Maybe.)
I LOVE LOVE LOVE crazy trope fic or cracked out a/u premises. I loooove smut and porn, the more unusual or kinkier the better.
I'm really into that whole getting-together phase, first times, first kisses, crossing the line from friends to more. Please feel free to throw canon to the wind and have Nick and Jess get together from scratch as though Cooler or Virgins never happened.
The only things I'm really not a big fan of here are: a/us where Nick and Jess don't have the same history as they do on the show -- I'm all about how well they know each other, not 'what if they were strangers'. Also don't love established relationship fic with no real arc or plot. Or fic where Jess calls Nick 'Nicholas', haha, idk.
Other things that would be rad: a Cece story that's not about Schmidt, or not about guys in general. Fic about all Nick and Jess's crazy bedroom roleplaying. FIC ABOUT ELIZABETH: being friends with Nick or Jess or Cece or anything. Nadia and Sarah, the red-haired girl from Kids, both make me die laughing with every single line.
Here are some of my fav fics in the fandom (with excerpts of some fav bits).
[[UPDATED for Yuleporn to add: I would LOVE smutty fic for Nick/Jess (or Nick/Jess/Schmidt). Kink-related suggestions INCLUDE: powerplay stuff, bondage, pegging, eavesdropping. And finding out stuff about what turns each other on in bed, whether kinky or vanilla.]]
Request #2: New Girl RPF
LOVE the idea of either something about the complex work relationship Zooey & Jake have -- this could be either 'shippy or gen -- or stuff about all the goofiness on set, ESPECIALLY the hilarious relationship between Jake and Max and the running bits they do (pretending they're showbiz managers, Max constantly kissing Jake offscript to see him get all flustered). Also Lamorne and Hannah being awesome pals.
Dream fic: Zooey/Jake -- what's it like having to kiss and be physically intimate onscreen with your coworker and friend? How do you navigate that? How do you feel knowing it's going to happen and after it's happened? Does it get to feel routine? Awkward? Enjoyable? What about when Liz Meriwether pervs over it (hahaha)?
Backup dream fic: most of the above but for all the Jake/Max kissing, heh.
Note: I am totally cool with 'shipping any of these characters with other characters, regardless of their marital status (& whether or not you go totally a/u to get around that issue), but please no wife bashing.
Some relevant tags on my Tumblr for inspiration/expansion of the above:
New Girl RPF
behind the scenes.
Request #3: Flash Forward (the Disney Channel show from 1996)
Becca/Tucker future fic would make my LIFE. I utterly adore the last episode of the series and the feel of it -- the sort of awkward excitement of them confessing their past feelings and crushes over the phone, the everything-else-stripped-away seriousness and honesty of that backstage kiss, and of course, as always with them, the sense of all their *history*.
Something set around college or high school or post-college with the two of them getting together (or getting BACK together, ooh) would be awesome. Something about transitioning over that line from friendship to more. Or about discovering new things about each other/seeing each other in a different life (especially if it's during or after college and they've now spent time apart) First time fic (especially porny/smutty if you're into that!!) would be AMAZING. And like I said, I really dig the awkward/sweet vibe of the finale.
Every year it's nominated I request this! Maybe someday I'll actually get it! Heh. I think that the final episode (MY FAVORITE) is actually up in YouTube in pieces, or was last time I checked.
Request #4: 20th Century RPF, Hemingway/Fitzgerald
The one where Hemingway and Fitzgerald have a weird and complicated relationship full of sexual attraction and competition and professional intimacy and getting very very drunk in bars all over Europe.
IDEALLY slash: though this can be anything from vague longing to full-on porn or smut. (No Zelda bashing, please.)
Item: Hemingway liked to tell a story about how Fitzgerald took him into a bar bathroom and showed him his dick, to see if Hemingway thought it was normal-sized, since he was worried about pleasing Zelda.
Item: It's pretty much universally agreed that this story is not true, which means Hemingway made up a story about Fitzgerald's junk.
Item: Hemingway on Fitzgerald: "a man then who looked like a boy with a face between handsome and pretty . . . and a delicate long-lipped Irish mouth that, on a girl, would have been the mouth of a beauty."
"The mouth worried you until you knew him and then it worried you more."
And: "he was cynical and funny and very jolly and charming and endearing, even if you were careful about anyone becoming endearing."
Item: Hemingway basically wrote The Sun Also Rises to be "a greater Gatsby" (uh, not my phrase), because he wanted to one-up Fitzgerald. Gatsby, of course, is about a bisexual guy obsessed with the dapper party-thrower next door, and The Sun Also Rises is about a guy who can't do it with women and gets waaaay weird around gay guys.
Item: Hemingway joked that he was going to call The Sun Also Rises: "The Sun Also Rises (Like Your Cock If You Have One): A Greater Gatsby (Written With the Friendship of Scott Fitzgerald)"
Item: Fitzgerald wrote Hemingway letters where he calls himself "this old whore".
Item: There are no second acts in American lives. (Haha, uh, I just like the quote.)
Heh, um, what more can I add that's relevant to this? I'm okay with dubcon? Having other modernists swing through the story would make me nerdgasm?