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Today I spent all morning checking out HP Erised, reading the rules for gift exchange fests and maybe daydreaming a little, although I'm not sure I'll participate. I mean, part of me really wants to, but part of me hopes that I'll be working full time on the Novel That's Eating My Soul in the summer/autumn and won't have time to write fic.

But maybe I will, you know? [Update: I am]

So one thing led to another and I decided to emulate everyone's example and create a list of my Likes and Dislikes in case I decide to participate in a gift exchange fest. 

(If you're writing for me, know that I already love you.)


Main Pairing(s):
I'm very much a one-ship-in-a-fandom person, so for HP that's Drarry, but ever since I read a pretty awesome fic by birdsofshore, I can totally see the appeal of Draco/Albus Severus, too.

That's pretty much it. Very occasionally I'll read short fics of other pairings, but I'm not really invested in any other ships in this fandom.

Starting with the Nos so we can get them out of the way:


POTENTIAL
 TRIGGERS
Graphic, very detailed description of (hypo)mania and/or panic attacks, esp. combined with losing one's mind or psychotic episodes.


Major Squicks

1. Incest (parent/child, godparent/godchild, siblings)
2. Rape/Non-con (past mention is ok)
3. Character bashing (it's bad writing, at the very least)
4. Underage if one partner is adult (in that case, I prefer the other partner to be at least age of consent: 16-17. However, if both partners are similar age, I'm okay with them fooling around from the age of 14. The operative phrase being 'fooling around' and not 'indulging in full anal penetration/rimming/etc at the age of 14')
5. Gore, torture, scat, watersports, bloodplay, Master/Slave dynamics, extreme BDSM, you get the idea
6. MPreg (I just can't take it seriously, I keep thinking 'but that's not possible!') 


Dislikes

1. ABO (unless very short, smutty piece)
2. Major Character Death (unless I'm in a mood to get stabbed in the heart, which happens sometimes)
3. First person POV (It's perfectly fine to see it in books, I'm even writing in 1st person in my novel, I just can't in fics)
4. Cross-dressing, genderbending
5. Ahem, long, plotty fics with no smut.
6. An unusual dislike, but it's a biggie: Setting other than Britain (unless I like and trust the author, I will rarely read HD set in another country. I want the setting and mood and everything to be as British as possible)
7. Muggle AU - AUs in general (don't know why, but I just won't read it in this fandom, which is bizarre because in other fandoms I read and occasionally prefer AUs)
8. Poor Draco
9. Pansy Parkinson (being pals with everyone, especially right after the war. On her own, as Draco's friend, it's fine, although I'm still not a fan)
10. Millionaire!Fics where the characters work in large offices with views of the skyline, lots of shopping, expensive suits, brand name dropping, etc etc. In my mind, I call them '50 Shades Of Grey' stories. It's hard to explain exactly what I mean, because I do love, say, fashionable!Draco. I reckon what I don't like about these fics is that flirt very much with Muggle AU.


LIKES/ Yay!!/Finally The Good Stuff

1. Getting together!!!!!!!! This is my absolute favourite. I do like Established Relationship and Getting Back Together as well, but GettingTogether!Fics are my everything.
2. Ron and Hermione as side-pairing. I really really like them together 
3. Blaise Zabini. In any capacity: ex-boyfriend, best friend, married to Pansy, married to Ginny, I don't care, I love Blaise. He doesn't have to play a major part, a cameo is perfectly fine, too
4. Bonding fics! Forced proximity fics! Fake relationship fics!
5. PINING. Gimme allllll the pining
6. Bed-sharing *swoons*
7. Misunderstandings and jealousy
8. I've lately developed a thing for Manbun!Harry and Bearded!Harry, and I've fallen for the idea of Draco with longer hair, wisps covering half his face, reaching his chin (very much Yurio's hairstyle from YOI)
9. Loads of UST? Yes please!
10. I'm okay with all eras, but Post-War is my favourite (8th-year is prob my least favourite)
11. I prefer some canon compliance in side pairings (Neville/Hannah, Luna/Rolf)
12. Rentboy!Draco. So.Very.Much.
13. Pubs, clubbing, nights out, drinking, partying, casual drug use
14. D/S overtones/ dynamic. I think I prefer Dom!Draco, but open to either really
15. DUB-CON
16. First times, or first time together
17. Slytherin!Draco, a little bit nasty and unredeemed, or redeemed but still a bit of a git!Draco, or hilarious-in-denial!Draco. I highkey have a thing for Dramatic!Draco
18. Lots of sex peppered in a fic, preferably with lots of emotion
19. Dirty talk
20. I prefer H/D young, maybe up to mid- or late-twenties, but recently read and loved some incredible Dad!Draco/Harry
21. I appreciate fics that stay close to Rowling's blend of whimsy and darkness: the grim mood of, say, people preparing for battle at Hogwarts in the last book combined with the whimsical animated statues and galloping desks. Related: love unusual character names or location names
22. I love a bit of everything: humour, angst, fluff. Probably not too angsty, though
23. Happy endings or at least HFN are a must
24. Semi-public sex . Maybe even *gasp* public sex *fans self*
25. Emotional intensity, esp. in intimate scenes; lots of slow, affectionate lovemaking
26. But I also love angsty and/or hate sex scenes, pushing each other against the wall of a club's toilet or something
(in short, I love all the sex)
27. Fucked-Up!Draco, Fucked-Up! Everyone. Coping mechanisms. 
28. PWP
29. I prefer romance stories that centre on H/D and their falling in love rather than overly plotty fics 
30. Magic: new magic elements, an expansion on the magic system, wandlore, a new beast or creature, an addition to the canon magic 
31. Really don't mind who tops or bottoms and am happy to see them switching
32. Sex-wise, I love it all, but have a particular weakness for frottage.
33. Fashionable!Draco. Whether it's a suit/waistcoat outfit, or skinny jeans and eyeliner in a club, or blue robes with silver fastenings, or a long dark coat flapping in the wind, it doesn't matter as long as there is attention to what Draco wears

In short, a getting together, forced proximity fic with lots of UST and pining that is set in Post-War Era and involves misunderstandings, which will eventually lead to an emotionally intense, semi-public sex marathon with dirty kisses, frottage and some D/S is right up my alley. :)


Literary Stuff:
The quality of the writing is crucial for me and the more literary a fic is, the better. That doesn't mean I'm a fan of purple prose by any means. Sharp, spare prose is part of my definition of literary. Little things that I love include:
1. Allusions (I tend to include them in my fics, and love reading them. Nods to literature or film, for instance, are very welcome and appreciated) 
2. I'm a big fan of non-linear writing.
3. Lovingly crafted sentences. This is infuriatingly vague, I'm sorry. I just love a good turn of phrase.
4. Unusual similes and metaphors

Date: 2017-04-24 06:40 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] bixgirl1
Yay! I love reading these lists!!! And other than the mpreg thing (I know, it's totally weird, but I can't help loving it) I agree with you on pretty much everything; I so love it when that happens!!!

Also, I totally need to read The Novel That's Eating [Your] Soul. (Great title, BTW. Lol). What's it about?

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