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04 November 2010 @ 12:17 am
So, I don't know how many fests most of you (besides, you know, luvscharlie and her INSANE list) participate in, but I have a question.

When going into a fest, what are your considerations upon filling out the list that always comes with them? Pairings/kinks/wants/prompts? Is there anything you keep in mind while you do so? You know how much I liek rarepairs, but should I list some of those or keep them out because people don't like them as much?

I'm trying to come up with my things for wizard_love and hp_emofest. I'm interested in both. Especially since there is STILL a distinct lack of percy_ficathon even though I spurred the handing over of the comm to someone else. I really just should have jumped in feet first and attempted to run something myself... but that's beside the point.

So, how do you approach fests, my friends?
My Castalia: adult grey daymethleigh on November 4th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
I like Death Eaters (well most of them.) So I ask for Death Eater pairings or gen. If there are no Death Eaters allowed, or no gen, I am not likely to sign up. I say the things I absolutely don't want. Since these cover most stories, I'm happy if they are honoured. Sometimes they are honoured - about half the time.

But I am bad, and hard to match, I know. X^I
droxydroxy on November 4th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
Yes. That's hard to do when most of the fest is either het or slash.
My Castalia: rabastan lestrange slytherinmethleigh on November 4th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
Well I don't mind some slash if it is, er, without actual graphic details. I don't mind reading het if it is Lucius and Narcissa or Rodolphus and Bella (again without graphic details.) But I am not going to ask for it, and I'm not going to write it for a fest (just special friends. very occasionally. X^I)
Gelseygelsey on November 4th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
That's the thing--how they end up honored. I go to a lot of trouble, including throwing out whole first-halves of stories, to honor what the recipient wants. But I know from what I've received that those aren't always honored by others, though I'm absurdly easy to please as I'm not terribly picky or squickable--my pickiness centers around quality of writing.

For instance, I'd probably not have trouble fulfilling a request for you. It might take several tries, but I think I'd probably land on something you would like.

But then, I like to try. The challenge is nice.
droxydroxy on November 4th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
I balance my request with art and fic. I was interested in emo fest, but past responses indicated more slash, which I can't do and I am not really interested in it. I think rare pairs are hard unless you go with secondary characters so that the fic has some sort of canon feel to it. Example Flich fic. There is enough data in the books to get a feel for Filch's character. Using Micheal Corner doesn't give you that, he's very very limited from the books. I would say, use two secondary (e.g. Flitwick/Sprout) or use a primary paired with a secondary (e.g. Albus/Augusta, Hermione/Flint, Snape/Rosmerta). I would not rule out sentient magical creatures either. If you do rare pairs, gen fic will fit.

Extreme rare pairs (e.g pansy/dean) leave me flat, because this is fan fic and I need to have some character recognition.
Gelseygelsey on November 4th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
Hm. It seems somewhat more slash at first glance, but when I go through the suggested pairings, I ended up with 9 people who give at least 2 slash, 9 who give at least 2 het, and 5 who give at least 2 femmeslash. So the spread is actually rather even, at least so far. So you might want to reconsider :)

I usually don't have as much for art prompts, unless it's for the sshg fest or it's a fest I've participated in for several years and have fic I'd like to have illustrated.

Hm. Whereas I probably wouldn't have trouble with Pansy/Dean, but I'm weird that way.
Rozarkathimble_kiss on November 4th, 2010 06:44 am (UTC)
My experience with the big, not character- or pairing-centric fests like smutty_claus and wizard_love is that there are actually a lot of people who love rarepairs. Of course, everyone's got their favourite characters, but there's also a general tendency that people are willing to WRITE more pairings/characters than they want to RECEIVE, and my impression is that's particularly true of rarepair fans.

So you could list some of your favourite rarepairs and chances are some would be happy to write them for you. However, it's also a good idea to ask for a couple more common pairings so that your writer has a choice (and to make you easier to match up for the mod). If you're also willing to offer a reasonably broad range of pairings to write yourself, I don't think it would be a problem at all. I'd say the ones to be careful with are characters who only get one or two mentions by name in the books with no information added except maybe their house (like Lisa Turpin or Mandy Brocklehurst, for instance — although I think I did see someone request a /Lisa pairing in WL or SC).

Just to illustrate how much perceptions can vary: I'd have no problem writing the examples that droxy mentioned as very difficult, like Michael Corner. He's hardly a cipher in the books; I could easily find enough canon information of him, combined with basic extrapolation from that information, to write him in a pairing with a canon feel. And Pansy/Dean might be a rare pairing, but I know enough about them separately that the pairing as such wouldn't be a problem. Both characters are popular, so I wouldn't consider that pairing so extreme at all. Conversely, any request of Flitwick or Sprout (let alone Flitwick/Sprout) would have me tearing my hair out scrambling for ideas! You'll find fans and detractors of almost anything, so just make sure you offer your mod some leeway in what you can write in return and ask for something that would make YOU happy. :)
luvscharlieluvscharlie on November 4th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
Anyone could take a lesson from your sign up sheets. I love them. They're well thought out and when I read them they always remind me of something I've forgotten to say on my own and I end up editing.
Rozarkathimble_kiss on November 4th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is so nice of you to say! *blushes*

Tbh, I always worry that I may put my assigned writer off with all the OCD attention to detail, but I just can't help myself. :) So it's actually a relief to hear that you like them, especially since you've been up close and personal with a couple of my sign-up sheets, and written two smashingly lovely stories for them, I might add! ♥
Gelseygelsey on November 4th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
I prefer detail. I really, really prefer details. I've been stuck one too many times with lack of detail that makes me scream. So go for it :)
Gelseygelsey on November 4th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
I have experience in both sorts of fests. SSHG and Snuna, wizard love, weasley fest, percy ficathon, charlie ficathon, off the top of my head.

Rarepairs seem more popular the last two years, but before that I was a very rare breed (still am, jsut a bit).

I try to give leeway, but then I feel like I leave it too openended for the person who will write it. And I HATE being given a recipient with the shortest list EVER of what they want.

... I get stuck doing that a lot more than you would think, too.
Rozarkathimble_kiss on November 4th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I do prefer the kind of recipient who pays some attention to detail in their request — but without demanding "write me this pairing and that scenario with a side of kink A, B and C!", you know? I love being given an à la carte menu and the chance to compose a surprise feast that I think they'd like, so to speak, so that's the sort of leeway I try to give, myself. :)

Edited at 2010-11-04 03:24 pm (UTC)
luvscharlieluvscharlie on November 4th, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
I'm seriously missing the percy_ficathon. It's one of my favorite fests and I really don't want to see it die. I'm really distressed that it didn't come back even after mod-ship was handed over.

I've gotten so that I've made myself a standard sign up form and I go back to it and tweak it to match the fest, but it makes it so that I don't forget the big things, like not calling Charlie "Chuck" or for goodness sakes forgetting that he's covered in ink.

I'm doing both of those fests too! Shocker, I know!

Gelseygelsey on November 4th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Believe it or not, it was me who spurred the hand over, and I"ve even nagged about it once since then and been told that it was handed over but details not shared yet. I'm very, very miffed, because the only reason I didn't take it over myself is that I felt I didn't have enough experience.

Do you think I should PM the person it was handed to? Or is that too mean?

Grins. Yes, shock! I'm just trying to get my muse back. I've been having a rough time this year.
luvscharlieluvscharlie on November 4th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
I actually don't think it would be mean at all to ask when we might expect the next round. I mean, I'd definitely want to keep a place open for it.