First of all - Hello! ♥ I am very excited to be getting to know you in the near future; thank you so much in advance for creating my gift - I am very much looking forward to reading it. What I would like you to know is that, to me, it is most important that what you write is something you are comfortable with and that you enjoy working on it; you will find a list of things I love below, but these are merely suggestions, because no matter what direction you end up going to, I sure am going to love it!
I love angst. I mean, duh, this is a dark exchange, haha. Anything angsty, really, angst is my crack and my favourite thing to read in fanfiction. I have to say, though, that, while I adore dark pieces in general, to read as well as to write, I am not fond of the extremes; so I'd prefer if there were no highly graphic stuff - no heavy torture or kinks (including PWP, m-preg, mutilation, etc) please, if possible! What I do not enjoy as much either are extreme AUs (i.e. modern!AU for ASOIAF, which is something I highly avoid - did not request that, but it's always a good example) and most crossovers. I do have a very soft spot for hurt/comfort and just tiny, delicate hints of romance in an angsty/dark piece, though.
And now, onto the fandoms! ♥
The Last Czars
Characters: Alexandra Feodorovna | Alix of Hesse-Dramstadt, Czar Nikolai II, All Four Romanov Children
I've always been incredibly fascinated by Russian History, particularly the last Romanovs. The more I read about them, the more I want to discover their relationships, their dynamics, everything about them, particularly their life outside the public, their family life, and Alexandra and Nikolai's relationship. When The Last Czars got released by Netflix then, I immediately binged all six episodes, cried my eyes out at the end, and did way more re-watches than I care to admit. So... If I could receive anything about them - particularly Alexandra and Nikolai, I ship them so hardcore - and even the Romanov children - that would be the most perfect thing ever. ♥ Doesn't necessarily have to include Rasputin, though! (I mean, unless you want to turn him even darker and more emotionally abusive, but...)
Honestly, I just long so desperately for anything and everything regarding that show (and yes, I lean towards what we know from the show more than the real people, even though it's a DocuDrama), so... JUST GIVE ME ANYTHING. Anything at all. ♥
Memoirs Of A Geisha
Characters: Mameha, The Baron, Hatsumomo
Ships: N/A (even though I have a very twisted fascination with Mameha/Baron - without glorifying it, though! The pure, raw darkness of it - and could totally see Mameha/Hatsumomo!)
Mameha is one of my favourite literary characters ever. This book will forever remain my favourite and I cannot even express the love I feel for Mameha since the first time I read it. Same goes for movie!Mameha! Michelle Yeoh is absolutely GREAT for her and I couldn't picture anyone else. All throughout the book, Sayuri has been given such great advice by Mameha over and over again and we got to see so much of her but then at the same time so little. She's so incredibly disciplined and never loses focus, but she is vulnerable, too, and there have been rare moments where we see that, and that vulnerability can turn incredibly dark. I do believe she had feelings for the Baron (and probably hated herself for it) and I do believe that she and Hatsumomo are more alike than they'd like to be, except that Mameha has much better control over her self-loathing, which I am convinced she possesses a great deal of, even if more rational than Hasumomo. There is SO much to explore with this character, there are such endless possibilities, anything would just totally excite me! Hatsumomo, too - while I will always prefer Mameha - has so many options! That woman, girl, probably, is so broken, nobody ever sees this through the way she acts and misbehaves.
Also, Mameha's relationship with the Baron is so dark and tragic, because I truly believe that she did love him despite him being so obviously abusive... Exploring this further would be amazing, which is why I also picked him! I can see him behind abusive in all possible ways, and Mameha being so emotionally dependent on him...
The Worst Witch 2017
Characters: Hecate Hardbroom, Ada Cackle, Agatha Cackle
JUST PICTURE HOW MUCH AGATHA COULD MANIPULATE HECATE EMOTIONALLY KNOWING HER TRUE FEELINGS FOR ADA! OMG! Providing, of course, she would not immediately notice the difference.
ANYWAY, though. I live for emotional Hardbroom. Season 3 has shown us how much there is to her, and how incredibly vulnerable she truly is, and... This could get so dark. So tragic. I believe Hecate to be such a tragic character, really, there could be so much more in her past, even in her present, so much darkness... There could even be darkness in her relationship with Ada, and... Everything. Oh God, the possibilities! So many possibilities! And when Agatha comes into the game, everything gets even worse. We all know how cruel Agatha can be...
Again, though, I want you to be happy with what you create - you are the author, and you decide on what to do or where to go. What matters the most is that you enjoy writing and creating. I really cannot wait to see what you come up with!