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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).
Oh, I'm so glad you'll be doing HP Holiday Gen; there have been some fine stories in that fest.

I love your list of kinks. The only one I wouldn't lift wholesale for my own link list is #9, but that's not so much because I don't like action/adventure than because it's often not done very well -- if done badly, it can be just an excuse for a lot of violence and explosions and lack of characterization. Done well, it's great fun.

No, on the whole, I love everything you love; my sign-ups usually contain several of them. Luckily, in HP anyway, there are some fine stories using every one of your kinks (and in Star Trek Voyager, too, although I haven't read in that fandom for a long time).
Good to hear about holiday gen! I hadn't heard of it before, but HP genfic is right up my alley, so I signed up for it a bit blindly. I am probably driving the mod crazy by going back and editing my sign-up so many times.

And yeah, action/adventure can be a bit hit and miss. It doesn't seem to be something people write a lot of - I wish I wrote more of it myself. It is so delicious when done well though!