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Super excited about this exchange (as I am about them all, really). It isn't very often that there are opportunities for gen fic in this manner.

So, dear author, here are some things you should know generally, and then under the cut are some fandom-specific thoughts.

I like world-building, stories that take place in unexpected places or that include some detail about surroundings. I like character-driven stories, ones that include backstory or off-screen speculation and events. I'm fond of secondary and minor characters, their perspectives on the bigger events. I like main characters, too, and getting different viewpoints from them. Angst is my cup of tea, though not sexual violence of any kind.   Non-canonical character death is okay if it furthers your story.  Seeing as how this is a gen exchange, and some of my requests are more traditionally shippy, I need to clarify that I really enjoy friendship stories or stories that deal with non-romantic aspects of a relationship that may BE romantic later. Team-building is awesome, partnerships between people who aren't very connected in canon or have very little screentime otherwise.

Okay, on to the fandoms.



Crossover Fandom

Annie Savoy (Bull Durham) & Ellen Sue Gottlander (A League of Their Own) - So here's the deal - Annie and Ellen Sue are both Southern ladies into baseball. I wonder, could Ellen Sue be Annie's mother? Could Ellen Sue be her mentor in another way? What if Annie finds out about Ellen Sue through her general interest in baseball, and seeks her out for some reason? Maybe Annie takes Ellen Sue to Cooperstown for the opening of the exhibit on the AAGPBL at the Hall of Fame. I'm hoping, dear author, that if we matched on this, you have an interest in baseball as an experience that bound and continues to bind women as well as men. Let's see how that plays out.

Annie Savoy (Bull Durham) & Mae Mordabito (A League of Their Own) - Would like to see something that dives into their similarities, and what ultimately made them different. A meeting between them would be interesting. Epistolary fic that starts with Annie writing a fan letter. Mae has a son who plays for the Durham Bulls for a season, she and Annie have a conflict that arises from that but becomes a friendship?

Annie Savoy (Bull Durham) & Marla Hooch (A League of Their Own) - We know from canon that Marla eventually had a son. Does she also have a daughter? Some of the same ideas from the pairings with Ellen Sue or Mae, but they would take on totally different tones with Marla in the story.


Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

Minerva McGonagall & Molly Weasley - maternal instincts in the war. Molly as Minerva's student. Feel free to go dark on this, Molly and Minerva running the Order after tragedy, the war doesn't play out the same. Or, Molly and Minerva team up to take Dumbledore to task for fattening Harry up for slaughter. Maybe a totally different route, Minerva coming to Molly to reminisce about Fred or the others.

Hermione Granger & Minerva McGonagall - The day McGonagall has to admit to herself that she can no longer teach Hermione anything. The day McGonagall begins to fear Hermione and for Hermione. Hermione goes to Minerva for tutoring on Memory Charms. Hermione at Minerva's funeral, paying tribute. Dark!Hermione and Minerva's regrets, pride, complicated feelings about her student's success. Any teacher/student dynamic here that acknowledges the immense intelligence of both women.

Hermione Granger & Mr Granger & Mrs Granger - The Memory Charm backfires, doesn't take, whatever. Or Hermione is unable to undo it, either because of skill or because she is unable to come and get them for whatever reason (war doesn't end, Hermione is prevented from it, etc). Hermione's parents and the day they stopped understanding their daughter. Hermione in France with her parents the summer before third year, and her parents realizing they have a teenager and what all that entails. Hermione and her mother, after the war, or Hermione and her father, a conversation about what the war is going to mean. Dark!Hermione and a desire to hide her parents from that perspective (not being ashamed of them, though). Hermione as a child, magic beginning to show, and Mom and Dad's thoughts and feelings on the matter. Hermione's mother and the magic no one close to her ever knew about, until the day her daughter's Hogwarts letter arrives.

Neville Longbottom & Luna Lovegood & Ginny Weasley - Anything from their time at Hogwarts during Deathly Hallows. Alternately, them as the core of the DA in a world where Neville is the Chosen One. Ginny telling them about Tom Riddle's diary. The three of them after the war, shared history, inability to relate to others without those experiences (especially Harry, Hermione, Ron).

A Song of Ice and Fire - George R.R. Martin

SHOW CANON IS FINE. If you want to mix the books and the television series, have at it.

Loras Tyrell & Margaery Tyrell (ASoIaF) - Being groomed for court by their grandmother at Highgarden. Anything else about their childhood at Highgarden. Knights of summer theme, how innocent they both are. Talking before Margaery marries Renly. Their part in furthering the alliance with Renly. Loras in mourning, Margaery helping him figure out how to move on and fight. Small moments of brother and sister bonding.

Jaime Lannister & Brienne of Tarth (ASOIAF) - This one is hard for me to imagine without the romantic angst or show canon, so I need your assent that this is more unrequited than strictly gen. Themes - separation anxiety, the meaning of duty. Brienne weaned on the always-conflicting tales of Jaime's heroism and failures. Learning to fight, in a slightly different world where Lord Selwin Tarth brings his awkward daughter to King's Landing. Interaction during their time at Harrenhal.

Catelyn Stark & Brienne of Tarth (ASoIaF) - They aren't present for Renly's murder, and Brienne ends up in Catelyn's service some other way. Catelyn doesn't free Jaime but sends Brienne after her daughters anyway. Brienne is caught and accused of murdering Renly, Catelyn negotiates her freedom somehow. Catelyn is caught and accused of murdering Renly, Brienne saves her. Or, go pre-canon and introduced Brienne to Catelyn at Winterfell (maybe she is sent there to "squire" or for another purpose?). Anything involving a living Catelyn and Brienne with themes of loyalty, honor, etc.

A League of Their Own (1992)


Betty "Betty Spaghetti" Horn & Alice Gaspers; Mae Mordabito & Dottie Hinson - For both of these, I'm looking for missing moments, bonding experiences for these women. Alice reaching out to Betty after Betty's husband dies, baseball as a soothing or cathartic experience. Alice finds Betty for the reunion at Cooperstown. Mae and Dottie, rivalry, bonding. Disparate feelings about the meaning of baseball in their lives. Post-film interaction, bonding or not, the effect of the years passing on them both and on their memories.

Evelyn Gardner & Stilwell Gardner - Mother/son dynamics after Evelyn's time in the AAGPBL. Stilwell playing Little League. Stilwell having no interest in baseball until he is an adult and his mother is ailing. Stilwell's father leaving them, Stilwell either blaming baseball or embracing it in a rush of allegiance to his mother. Evelyn teaching him to play catch. Baseball as a healing thing in their lives. Baseball as a life lesson for Stilwell.

Dottie Hinson & Jimmy Dugan - Dottie at Jimmy's funeral. Dottie and Jimmy, letters over the years. Dottie at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Batting practice while she's still in the League. She doesn't leave the League, Jimmy trains her to be a manager. Road trip bonding. "Baseball is what gets inside you" histrionics from Jimmy, Dottie in denial. Dottie reminiscing about the great Jimmy Dugan to her daughter or her grandsons. Jimmy doesn't die before the Cooperstown ceremony for the AAGPBL and Dottie sees him there for the first time since 1945.

Jimmy Dugan & Stilwell Gardner - Stilwell and Jimmy, as Stilwell grows up. Jimmy as a surrogate father on the road, but not a terribly good one. Stilwell learning how to throw a baseball. Stilwell the adult, talking about his childhood on the road with Jimmy there. Stilwell looking for Jimmy years later. Baseball cards and bubblegum. Jimmy learning from Stilwell.

The Stand - Stephen King


Fran Goldsmith & Lucy Swann - Motherhood in the post-apocalypse. Bonding over stale beer in a similar manner to the men, but with a distinct difference. Differences in the way they handle the absence of Stu and Larry. Fran and Lucy in the place of Stu and Larry.

Stu Redman & Lucy Swann - Stu telling Lucy about Larry. Stu and Lucy on the road later, Lucy teaching Stu some skill.

Fran Goldsmith & Larry Underwood - More about Larry's idea of the ideal Fran from his time on the road. Bonding. Larry survives and goes with Stu and Fran and Lucy back out on the road. Fran goes to Vegas in Stu's place. Larry and guilt, Fran and anger. Sharing stories about the old world, Larry singing Fran's favorite song.

Lucy Swann & Dayna Jurgens - What they have in common. How Lucy understands Dayna and vice versa. Interaction where Lucy knows Dayna will be a spy. Dayna returns and has to tell Lucy about Larry. Lucy and Dayna interacting before Captain Trips - friends? Rivals? Lucy knows Dayna from before and questions her loyalties. Or vice versa. Lucy and Dayna in a world where Everybody Lives. Lucy and Dayna in a world where Boulder is wiped out but they survive.







 
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