Before I get onto the nitty gritty of requests etc, I just want to say one thing. Ahem...
All I ask is that you have fun writing your story. If you had fun, then it will show and I will love it. That's a promise. As much as I love getting fic written in fandoms that I love, for Yuletide, I love the creation aspect just as much as getting more fic to read. If that's the same for you - we're going to be aokay.
If you are here because you're a pinch-hitting superstar or something I've said urged you into writing a treat then - you are utterly AWESOME and I hope that you gets lots of kudos for that.
Now I've said that - I've asked for:
The Matrix (Movies)
Solar System (Anthropomorphic) and
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Before I get into the business of why I love each of my nominations, a word from our sponsors regarding things I like and Do Not Like. I'll start with the Do Not Like list - it's shorter.
Do Not Like - Character death, kink, humiliation, partner betrayal, character bashing (especially women characters) porn minus plot, dark themes. Fluffy monster is so *fluffy* you're gonna die (Despicable Me quote ftw!)
Now for the Likes list - Plot, character-led stories, friendships, alternative realities where one thing changes, different povs, hugs/cuddling, women characters being awesome and competent, teams equaling families, happy(ish) endings, conversations, films, kisses, laughter, humour, science, Space, exploration, nerdiness, teamwork, adventures, slice of life, dancing, joy, life...
I would say to have a look around my LJ but it's been one of *those* years when I have been anywhere but here. Even so, still have a nosey - I ain't changed that much;) also the following might be helpful:
AO3 - Beckymonster
Twitter - becky_monster
Tumblr - Movie-Watching-Monster (mainly because somebody beat me to 'Beckymonster' or variants of;))
So on with the show!
The Matrix (movies)
Characters - Trinity, Morpheus, The Oracle, Neo/Thomas Anderson
I utterly adore this film and (unpopular opinion ahoy!) love the sequels too. As the character list chosen reflects the first film, please feel free to concentrate on that, oh most awesome writer, if that's your heart's desire. If you'd like to bring in the sequels too - go right ahead! I won't say no;)
I've loved this movie since I first saw it in 1999 - I saw it again at the cinema last year (2014) and it still is utterly wonderful. I adore the Wachowskis (although I haven't had a chance to watch Sense8 yet), and love their way of looking at things.
Okay - ideas! Is now a good time to note that Trinity is one of my all-time favourite lady characters ever? Yes? Good! So long as Trinity is front and centre, I'm good;)
Ideas for considering - what if Trinity was 'The One' instead of Neo? How would have the film played out instead? Meetings between her and the Oracle (who was always awesome, in either body) perhaps? Her relationship with Morpheus - she tells Neo (towards the end of the first film) that he means more to her than he does to Neo, I've always seen this as non-romantic but there are ties that bind these two. What was her life like while she was still plugged into the Matrix?
What was her training like with Morpheus once she was freed?
Or conversely - throw all of that out of a window and go with some world building. Why did the Machines choose the end of the 20th Century? Do something with the idea of 'residual self image'...
In short - as Morpheus would say 'free your mind'!
Characters - Robert Capa, Corazon, Cassie, Mace
This is my perenial request - I ask for it now for two reasons. One - I'm too bloody minded to give up. Two - I live in hope that this might be *the* year I finally get fic about this wonderful film!
So - I would lovelovelove to see Corazon and Cassie being awesome and good friends as well as having a Bechdel Test passing conversation. There were at least two opportunities where this could have happened but didn’t.
I also adore Capa and Mace – we shall not discuss the crush the size of a small *moon* that I have on Cillian Murphy, nor that I’ll quite happily watch Chris Evans in nearly *anything* and have done. Ditto Michelle Yeoh, who I have loved since she wiped the floor with the bad guys back in Tomorrow Never Dies.
Other ideas - How do they deal with things like touch hunger and lonliness and being a long way from home? What are their coping mechanisms?
Or give me a what if - what if they hadn't found the Icarus I - completed their mission and returned home. They've saved the solar system - now what? How do they adjust to real life and to the fact that they're (regarded by everybody else as) heroes?
If you'd like to draw correlations between these guys and the astronauts of the Apollo missions, knock yourself out. I'm a bit of space nerd, so it would be quite wonderful to read.
As I have already stated - I love this little film and would love to read all the fix-its and 'happy-ish endings' for Icarus II's crew.
Or again - if you want to go off on a real tanget - what if the Icarus II was sentient?
Solar System (Anthropomorphic)
Characters - Earth, Pluto, New Horizons, Charon
Cards on the table - this is one of those fandoms that I always looked at in the tags list and would go 'Really?!' before thinking that it would be both awesome to write and read crack of the highest order about the little system we call home. This is my first year of asking for fic for this fandom as the New Horizons mission and it's results are just too good to pass up...
Poor Pluto - how must it feel to be 'kicked' out of the 'family' by that SOB Earth... only for Earth to send New Horizons out to see it as it did this year. How does Pluto feel about this?
And what about the names Earth has given it? It gets all the doom and gloom (mostly) while Charon gets the nerdy ones (see - io9 - We're Actively Creating the Geekiest World in the Universe) - what's their opinions on this?
Honestly, that two of the greatest lady characters in Film SF (Princess Leia and Ellen Ripley) are being used to (possibly) name parts of Charon is one of the best things I've heard all year.
In short - go nuts;) Be as mad as you like here. It's the one fandom that practically begs for it!
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Characters - Osgood Fielding III, Jerry 'Daphne'
Let me preface by saying that this film is one of my all time favourite films EVAR! It's up there with Star Wars, Beauty and The Beast ('91), Casablanca, Raiders of the Lost Ark, etc. as being one of my knock 'em down favourites. So, whatever you do is good.
Needless to say, that last line is one of the best (if not the best) closing lines in film.
And yet... what happens next? What happens to Osgood and Jerry/Daphne? Do they go they try to make something of what they had? After all, they seemed to be having a fine ol' time on their date - so there is a spark. So what do they do with it? If they do make something of it - how does it pan out? I'd like to think that they'd make it but what do I know?
Also - if you want to talk more about that date - please feel free. Dancing is always a good thing in my book. Go - have fun with this one.
And there you have it! The main thing to keep in mind, dear yuletide writer, is have fun and enjoy crafting your story. Whatever it is, I'm sure I'm going to have fun reading it!