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Big list o' literary kinks

Since holiday exchange season is approaching, and I keep finding myself staring blankly at sign-up forms, I decided to make myself a list of things I like in stories. Not that I would ever put *all* of these things in one sign-up. I think I might be kind of hard to write for...


1) Ladies in the spotlight. Female protagonists always make me happy, and I particularly like stories that flesh out minor female characters, stories in which a female character rescues a man/saves the day/saves the world, and stories where a female character is physically or emotionally protective of a man.
(2) Characters feeling scared or insecure on the inside but being total BAMFs anyway
(3) Friendships or relationships between unusual combinations of characters
(4) Bittersweet endings
(5) LOGIC, especially in the form of Socratic dialogue or ethical debate
(6) Characters who do not fully understand their emotions and/or do not express them easily
(7) Characters who are flawed but still sympathetic. (Could be one of the "good guys," could be a villain whose motivations we can understand.)
(8) Back stories
(9) Action/adventure pieces
(10) Queer themes, especially in contemporary fandoms
(11) Character studies
(12) Small slices of every day life
(13) Strong women who like to be a little submissive in the bedroom
(14) Stories in which food and/or cooking are important

At least the list of things I don't like is smaller...

1. Crack, excessive angst, wacky AUs
2. Kink heavier than light bondage
3. Romantic cliches (let's get you out of those wet clothes/trapped in a cave together/etc.)
4. Mpreg

(Not a value judgment on what others write/enjoy; I read all of the things on this list sometimes too, and it's not like I didn't just write a high school AU for my big bang. They're just things I'd rather pick out myself from authors I really like, not so much gifts I would like to receive...)


This post brought to you by my difficulty figuring out what to ask for at hp_holidaygen (which maybe some of you should sign up for, btw).
Do you know, I'm suddenly doubting my ability to write gen at all. Which...WTF brain?
How bizarre! It will surely come back to you though; it seems unlikely that you could lose a whole genre!