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Hi! I hope this letter doesn't come across as too overwhelming and/or picky: I love crossovers (whether of the more traditional kind or fusions), I love this fest, and I'm looking forward to seeing whatever you write.

General Likes. Do Not Wants, etc. )

Phew. Okay, on to the actual nominations. Please don't take the relative amount of detail or number of prompts for a particular canon or section as a sign of how much I want something, and remember that optional details are optional; I'm brainstorming as much for myself as for you. If you still need additional inspiration, feel free to check out past years' letters. Above all, have fun!

Buffy, Discworld, Dragon Age, Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, Young Wizards )

Doctor Who, MCU, Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, TNG, and Voyager )

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Galavant, Hamilton )

Avatar: the Last Airbender, Deep Space Nine, Ender Series, Game of Thrones, Hamilton )
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We interrupt this exchange letter repository/otherwise dormant journal for actual content and fandom commentary. Because while I thought my interest in the Potterverse had largely given way to other passions, apparently I have feelings on the latest Pottermore updates on the history of magic in North America the United States. Oh, do I ever.

The sad part is, there's stuff here I want to like. The basic idea of getting to look at how magic is practiced outside the UK is something I've wanted for a long time, and I've done some playing around of my own with the notion of a Muggle group as fanatically devoted to wiping out wizards as the Death Eaters are to their cause. But the rest of it?

Oh boy. )

Ultimately, I think Rowling's been tripped up by two major issues: unfamiliarity with her subject matter, and sense of scale. You can't reduce America to a single mindset any more than you can reduce Native Americans to a single shared set set of beliefs. Not unless you're talking about a group so small as to be unsustainable, and I don't think that's what she was going for.

Before this, I was starting to get excited about the new movie, and having new canon again. Now? Well, I guess I'll just have to wait for it. But I'm predicting a lot of AUs and canon divergence. Heck, I might have to get started on some myself, before this saps my remaining enthusiasm for it.
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Posting half for posterity, half because I have to share:

The (mis)adventures of Hogwarts' first IT guy: http://thesetupwizard.tumblr.com/tagged/setupwizard/chrono

I particularly like the "magical server room" and the struggles with getting people to pick unique passwords.
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Hi! Thanks for writing for me (and sorry for the wait on the letter). I've loved Trick or Treat, and hopefully this will be just as fun.

Things I like in general include plot (whether elaborate or introspective), witty dialogue, humor, worldbuilding, minor characters getting a chance to shine, and situations and choices that aren't always easy or straightforward to navigate. In terms of relationship dynamics, nothing makes me happier than pairings accomplishing stuff together. I'm particularly fond of battle/investigation/training scenarios, but a quieter project or sorting through a relationship problem will do just as well in a pinch. "How we got together" stories are also great, as are opportunities to fill in missing moments or pick up where canon leaves off. And shortfic is great, so please don't feel like you have to write more than the minimum if that seems like a logical stopping point.

In terms of sex, I won't miss it if you want to keep things G-rated; if you do decide to include it, I'd prefer for it to be part of the story as opposed to the story itself. My kinks don't typically go much past light bondage, but I do like seeing magic users getting creative with their powers in terms of restraints or interesting sensations, or couples getting to swap bodies. Awkward first times are also good, whether or not they're followed up with a better second try. I'm really not a fan of noncon (if it's part of a character's canonical backstory, alluding to the fact it happened is fine), bodily fluids not typically associated with sex, or improbable biology like a/b/o or tentacles. And if you need to get a canonical love interest out of the way (which shouldn't be an issue with most of these pairings), please do so respectfully.

My one, absolute do not want is unrelenting darkfic and graphic torture of the kind that systematically breaks a character apart and leaves them broken. People can die, and stories don't have to end happily, but I'd like any suffering the characters go through to have some kind of purpose behind it beyond just watching them suffer.

Okay, on to fandoms and pairing-specific suggestions. Please don't take relative length as a sign of my enthusiasm level; if it's here, I promise I'll love it. Feel free to look through past letters for other ideas and potential crossovers with fandoms not listed here as well. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Dragon Age )

DC Animated Universe )

Vorkosigan Saga )

Young Wizards )

Chronicles of Chrestomanci )

Steven Universe )
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Someone please, please, please dissuade me from volunteering to help? I need to be looking for full-time gigs, and I'm not sure they could actually pay me enough to sort out the mess.
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Hi! Thanks for writing for me. This was a really fun exchange last year, and I'm betting this year will be even better.

I hope the prompts have given you some inspiration already. But if you need more ideas or guidance, my general likes include plot (whether elaborate or introspective), dialogue, humor, worldbuilding, minor characters getting a chance to shine, and situations that aren't always easy or straightforward to navigate. If that feels like too much to cram into 300 words, then pick what speaks to you. I am completely open to Halloween or autumn-themed stories, but if you'd rather not go in that direction, that's equally fine. And please, please do not stress about giving me more than the minimum if that feels like the logical stopping point. Shortfic is awesome. I am very much in favor of there being more of it.

If most of my prompts seem slanted toward gen, it's because that tends to be my default preference, though I've tried to provide a little more guidance on ships in the individual fandom notes. As a general rule, I prefer het and femslash to slash, and awkward sex that helps move the story along in some way to porn without plot. I'm not a fan of noncon (if it's part of a character's canonical backstory, alluding to the fact it happened is fine), bodily fluids not typically associated with sex, or improbable biology like mpreg or tentacles unless it's played for laughs in a mad science-type setting.

My one, absolute do not want is unrelenting darkfic and graphic torture of the kind that systematically breaks a character apart and leaves them broken. People can die, and stories don't have to end happily, but I'd like any suffering the characters go through to have some kind of purpose behind it beyond just watching them suffer.

Okay, enough preamble. On with the fandoms. Please don't take any discrepancy in prompt length or detail as a sign of how much I do or don't want a particular fandom; if it's here, I promise I'll love it. And feel free to look back through other letters for additional ideas, or fandoms that aren't here if you're looking for inspiration for crossovers and cameos. Happy writing, and happy Halloween!

Dumbing of Age )

Bad Machinery )

Gunnerkrigg Court )

Justice League/Justice League Unlimited )

Steven Universe )

Dragon Age: Inquisition )

Dragon Age II )

Young Wizards )

Girl Genius )

Exchange Mod RPF )
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Okay, I know I haven't used this journal for journaling in way too long. Real life has really, really not been worth writing about. (TL; DR: Left job that was sucking my soul dry for ostensible dream job, left dream job when dream turned out to be more of a nightmare, and am now consulting from home - which is now Philadelphia, with the boyfriend, so it hasn't been all terrible - while I try to put the shattered pieces of my self-confidence and career plan back together and figure out what's next.) And most of my fandoms these days are in their dotage, too tiny to have any real presence, or would require venturing into what I am told are some of the more disturbing corners of Tumblr.

But that's not what I'm here to vent about. No, I am here to sing of my muse, who appears to set the LSD aside temporarily and is now bingeing on pot brownies. Of all the fic I have written, of all the headcanon and plotbunnies and "someday maybe I'll expand on this" that I never have and never will follow through on, why is the one about insurance mascots in love demanding a sequel? And not more zombie apocalypse crack, either. An actual look at how this world works on a normal basis, with babies and company politics and literal existential crises and everything. And probably actual chapters and subplots, too. I don't write longform stuff in fandoms where people might read it. Heck, I don't count on people to read any of my stuff outside of an exchange any more. Why has my brain latched on to this?

I don't know whether I need an intervention or an enabler. I really don't.
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Hi! This should be fun; it's been a while since I did a pairing-focused exchange, and even longer since I did one where I got to pick the pairings.

Normally this is the part where I'd encourage you to take a look at my other letters for likes and dislikes, but most of those lead off with "gen is awesome!" So I figured I'd try something a little different this time:

Likes, Dislikes, and Do Not Wants )

Okay, that out of the way, on to specific fandoms and ships. Please don't take relative length or number of prompts as a sign of how much I want a particular pairing: if it's here, I promise I'm eager to read about it. Good luck, and I really, really hope I haven't made this too overwhelming. The important thing for me is that you have a good time writing.

Discworld )

Dragon Age )

Gunnerkrigg Court )

Harry Potter )

Steven Universe )
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Hi! Thanks for writing for me. As you may gather if you go poking around the (many, many) other letters in this journal, I'm a big fan of crossovers, so I'm very happy this fest exists.

The canons I've picked are on here because I like the worldbuilding, the characters, or both, and I'm interested to see how they fit together. More general likes include humor, dialogue (particularly banter), fleshing out parts of the universe(s) we don't get to see much of in canon, and giving minor characters a chance to shine. I'm happy with either crossovers or fusions, though if you're doing the former, I'd like there to be more to the plot than "Character A randomly winds up in Universe B; spends rest of story trying to get home." (Granted, that'll probably have to be a key part of the plot if you're doing Quantum Leap, but Sam still usually manages to accomplish some other stuff along the way.) And while I haven't included any specific prompts that address this, if you want to try and mash more than two fandoms together into one mega-crossover, go for it.

In terms of shipping, sticking to gen or canon relationships is probably your best bet. But with one exception that I'll list under the appropriate fandom, I'm open to being persuaded on other pairings, as long as there's no character-bashing involved. If you're going to include sex, my kinks don't extend much past light bondage, and I'd rather have an awkward or imperfect encounter that ties into the plot or helps the character(s) realize something about themselves than something steamy that interrupts or takes over the rest of the action.

My only other "do not want" is graphic, drawn-out torture designed to push a character past their breaking point. Doesn't mean people can't die, or that I need a happy ending (though you'll probably note that most of my Song of Ice and Fire ideas involve trying to lighten that canon rather than turn the other one darker), but I'd like any suffering to not have been in vain.

The prompts below may seem specific, but please don't feel you have to use them if you've already got an idea of your own: they're as much brainstorming for me as they are suggestions for you, and the optional details truly are optional. Have fun, let your imagination go wild, and I look forward to reading!

Bracket 1: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dragon Age, Harry Potter )

Bracket 2: A Song of Ice and Fire, Discworld, Harry Potter )

Bracket 3: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Trek, Star Trek - Alternate Original Series, Quantum Leap )
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Hi! Thanks for writing for me. Feel free to poke around my journal; there are plenty of other letters here to choose from to give you an idea of my likes and dislikes.

As you may have gathered from my song selections, I tend to be drawn to plot and characters over more impressionistic material. I also like dialogue, using humor to lighten the mood, little worldbuilding details, and protagonists who have to make difficult choices. I'm particularly fond of sci-fi and fantasy scenarios, though that's very much an "optional details are optional." I also like crossovers, so if you want to mash up my requests and send the couple from "The Way" to the Hotel California or something like that, go for it. Or not. Entirely your call.

In terms of romance, I will never have a problem with a gen story, and I tend to prefer het or femslash over slash or poly arrangements. If you're going to include any sex scenes, I'd like them to be part of a larger narrative rather than the entire point of the story, and I'll take awkward or imperfect encounters over something that's hot but could feature any two characters banging as opposed to these particular characters any day. I'd also like to keep things between consenting adults, or at least keep any graphic details offscreen and preferably relegated to backstory.

My one firm do not want is graphic description of torture, especially if that torture comprises the bulk of the story. That doesn't mean bad things can't happen, or that there has to be a happy ending, but I'd like there to be a purpose to any suffering the characters go through beyond simply seeing what more you can put them through.

Okay, on to the prompts. Please don't take length as an indication of my relative enthusiasm for these songs: if it's on here, I promise I'm excited to see what you come up with. Have fun, and I look forward to reading!

prompts )
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Does anyone know how to track where hits on AO3 come from?  One of my stories has suddenly started getting a lot of hits.  (A lot of hits for me, anyway; usually I'm lucky if my fic breaks 500, and this one's now at 1350 and counting, despite being much more recent than most of the others at the top of the list.)  Not comments, because then I might be able to ask people where they found it.  Not kudos, either.  Just hits.  I've tried Googling, but nothing weird comes up, so I'm kind of at a loss.  Should I just be grateful it doesn't appear to have been sporked on some major site or part of some spam campaign and go about my life?

...I'm answering my own question, aren't I?
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hi!  I may have gotten a tiny bit carried away with the length on this, so let's jump straight in, shall we?

In terms of my general preferences, I like prequels, sequels, and fleshing out anecdotes from canon into fully-fledged stories, or turning quick glimpses of places we don't get to visit into a backdrop for adventure, intrigue, or exploration.  I appreciate humor of both the light and dark variety, particularly when it comes in the form of snarky dialogue.  I enjoy heroes who are forced to make difficult decisions, villains who are utterly convinced their cause is just, and outsiders who aren't afraid to interject a little blue and orange morality.  Above all, I like plot: it can be of the introspective rather than the action-packed variety, but something should change for the characters by the time the story ends.

I'm also fond of crossovers and really interested in connections between a creator's different works, whether they're made explicit or just seem like they'd fit together.  You'll find that several of these prompts contain ideas along those lines, but please don't feel obligated to force those elements into the story or make them a major part of the plot rather than quick allusions if they don't inspire you.  I think (and hope) the fandoms I've picked offer enough to work with on their own.

I will never, ever be disappointed with a gen story, but there are a smattering of shippy ideas in the suggestions below.  Similarly, I won't mind if you decide not to include any sex scenes - but if you do, I'd like them to serve as a means of advancing the plot, or adding layers of characterization, or providing a bit of comic relief, rather than taking up the entire focus of the story.  I prefer to keep canon relationships intact, and unless otherwise noted, am more interested in het or femslash than slash or threesomes/moresomes if you're looking to partner up unattached characters of unspecified sexuality or introduce OC love interests.  My kinks don't extend much past bondage of the sort involving blindfolds and scarves as restraints (unless these are characters who have canonically been known to switch gender just for the fun of it, and even then I'd like them to retain humanoid form), and I ask that all relationships depicted involve enthusiastically consenting adults who are not related to each other.

Apart from the above caveats, my biggest "do not want" in any kind of fic is graphic, drawn-out torture, or anything that results in characters being left as shells of their former selves.  I'm fine with end of the world scenarios, or character death, or less-than-happy endings, but I'd like everyone to go down fighting or for the survivors to soldier on with some hope that things will be better eventually.

I think that covers everything...except fandom details, of course, which are provided below.  If you still have questions or need additional inspiration, feel free to take a look at the many, many other letters lying around this journal, some of which contain repeats for some of these fandoms.  Good luck, and have fun!

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell )

Foreigner Series - C.J. Cherryh )

The Long Earth Series - Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter )

Narbonic )
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Dear Trick or Treat Author,

Hi! Thanks for writing for me. Feel free to have a look at some of the other exchange letters I've written.  You'll find that my general preferences for those - plot and characterization, humor (light or dark), fleshing out minor characters or aspects of a setting that are only briefly touched on in canon - mostly hold true here as well.

In terms of shipping, I prefer gen or canon relationships (unless otherwise noted), and I will be perfectly content if the rating for anything focused on a pairing doesn't go above PG13.  If you do decide to write sex, though, I would rather have an awkward but fun or character-developing encounter than mind-blowing multiple orgasms.  No noncon, incest, bestiality, omegaverse, or unexpected bodily fluids, please.  

For tricks, I generally prefer psychological horror to blood and gore, though I do have a certain fondness for end-of-the-world scenarios, with or without zombies.  The one thing I really don't want is a situation where a POV character is broken down through extended torture, even if there's no explicit violence involved.

The prompts below may seem specific, but they genuinely are meant to be suggestions. If you're struck by a different inspiration, please feel free to follow it, as long as you avoid the do not wants. Working in Halloween or other seasonal themes somehow would make me very happy, but a sentence or two would be more than enough to accomplish that; it doesn't have to be a major focus unless you want it to be.

Thanks again, and I hope you have fun!

 

Batman TAS )

 

Harry Potter )

 

Frozen )

 

Gunnerkrigg Court )
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 So I realize I've been terrible about updating about gifts I've received for various exchanges (sorry, [archiveofourown.org profile] pie_is_good; Gabrielle the Potential was a terrific idea!), but my Fic Corner gift's falling victim to the dreaded AO3 indexing issue, and I'd hate for it to get overlooked, because it's great:

Spaceman Spiff and the Redoubtable Scientist
, by [archiveofourown.org profile] redsnake05.  Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes) and Susie Derkins gen, but shippable without too much squinting if that's your thing.  Totally quick read, and tons of fun.
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Dear Scribbler,

I'm going to try and keep this short and sweet: partly because I've been writing a lot of these letters recently, partly because I'm hoping the prompts provide enough detail on their own, and partly because I don't want to impose too many limits on how you approach characters and fandoms you probably have your own strong thoughts and feelings about.

That said, some themes you might have noticed that I like include taking a look at the characters post-canon, creative worldbuilding and systems of magic, and friends working together (and maybe even becoming more than friends along the way). I also appreciate humor, characters having to make choices that aren't always clear-cut, and stories that at least end with some ray of hope even if they don't end happily.

I think I've addressed all the ships I care about for these fandoms in the prompts, but I will never, ever be disappointed with a gen story. If you do write something on the more mature end of the spectrum, I'd far rather have an awkward first time than sexy perfection, and my kinks don't extend much past light bondage (though I do have a thing for magic users getting creative with their abilities during the proceedings).

Anyway, prompts are provided below for reference. If you need more to go on, please feel free to look at some of my other letters or my AO3 account. Good luck, and have fun; I'm looking forward to reading!

Matilda )

Calvin and Hobbes )

Young Wizards )

Chronicles of Chrestomanci )
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Dear Crossover Writer,

I'm excited! Are you excited? I hope so, because I have ideas. Lots of them. Please don't be intimidated or disappointed if you already have your own plot bunny hutch; they're here as much as stockpiling for me as they are as inspiration for you.

Some general notes to start: I'm open to either standard crossovers or fusions, and I've tried to provide a mix of both in the prompts below. The one thing I don't want is a fic entirely built around "Who are you weirdos, and where the heck am I?" There can be a bit of that if the canon supports it (e.g. Doctor Who), but at some point, I'd like a plot that goes beyond trying to get everyone home. I'd also like at least a somewhat hopeful or bittersweet ending, though I'm certainly not afraid of character death, or I wouldn't have included the ultimate "rocks fall, everybody dies" series and multiple Whedon properties.

If I've picked a fandom for inclusion here, it's because I find the canon and setting intriguing, and I am genuinely happy to see it explored from the perspective of almost any character. Similarly, unless a character is deliberately written with no redeeming qualities whatsoever (see fandom-specific notes), please don't bash him or her. When it comes to shipping, it's probably best to either keep things gen or stick to canon pairings, unless otherwise noted.

Okay! On to notes for selected fandoms and prompts, which I've tried to keep light on spoilers. I'm looking forward to seeing what you write!

Bracket #1 Prompts (A Song of Ice and Fire, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Discworld, Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) )

Bracket #2 Prompts (Buffy, Firefly, Deep Space Nine, Orphan Black, Reboot!Trek) )

Bracket #3 Prompts (Buffy, Discworld, Doctor Who, Friendship is Magic, Sailor Moon) )

Fandom-Specific Notes )
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It's fest reveal time for Remix and Beholder! (And boy, am I depressed this is the last time I'll get to say that about the latter.) First, the stories written for me:

Remix:
Like a Bull in a Joke Shop, by [livejournal.com profile] iulia_linnea  (remixed from Cost-Benefit Analysis).  The original is a silly dialogue-only gen ficlet about Alastor Moody's failed attempt to become a shop clerk.  (I was originally going to do a "five things" story where Moody would go through several misguided career choices before finally winding up at MLE, but ran out of energy after the first installment.)  The remix keeps the humor and the style, but adds a great deal of enjoyable backstory - much of it involving a character I only included as an afterthought, and may now need to adjust my headcanon to incorporate.

Beholder:
Could Not Love You Any Better, by [livejournal.com profile] katmarajade, a terribly sweet (but never cloying) Charity Burbage/Amelia Bones romance.  I'm always a sucker for a good Amelia pairing, and as it turns out, Charity is an inspired choice.  The fic captures the insecurities that beset even the most established of couples from time to time in a way that rings true to life, with a delightful resolution and too many clever details that help flesh out the characters and the relationship to list.


And now for my work... )

Next up, Not Prime Time and...well, I guess we'll have to see, won't we?

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Hello, mystery author! If you haven't already, please feel free to have a look around my collection on Ao3 and my letters for other fests; if you already have, I think you'll find much of what I have to say here familiar.

My preferences in a nutshell: I like plot, humor, worldbuilding and fleshing out throwaway details or anecdotes from canon, and good (or at least well-intentioned) characters who have to reckon with the fact that the world doesn't always operate in strict good vs. evil terms. What I am not a fan of is torture or unrelenting darkfic; the protagonists don't necessarily need to prevail in the end, but I'd like to walk away with the sense their struggles were for some greater purpose than to demonstrate "life is pain and then you die."

As you might have gathered, I prefer gen over romance-centric fic - though if you want to do pairings for Justice League, I'm cool with pretty much any couple shown or strongly implied in canon. (Lex/Braniac included, as long as it remains an affair of the mind and not metal tentacles in places they shouldn't be.) If you do write sex, I'm much more interested in awkward first encounters than mind-blowing orgasms. My kinks don't extend much past light bondage, I'm not really into genderswap or body tranformations, and non-con or non-standard bodily fluids are definite nos.

I'm not sure there's much more elaborating I can do on my prompts, but here they are again in case you (or someone else) should need them for reference:

Justice League and Justice League Unlimited )

Frozen )

Elementary )

Good luck, and have fun! I look forward to reading what you come up with!
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For today's recommendations by other people, I'm going to confine myself to non-Harry Potter stories not written for me or by friends.  One below, two under the cut for spoilers.  All gen (or with background pairings), and content shouldn't be problematic unless you're really just in the mood for fluff.

Chasing Normal
 by dotfic - "There was this one time I saved the world..." (Justice League/Justice League Unlimited)

I don't remember how I stumbled across this one at all, but I love it.  It's probably the most accessible of these recommendations if you're not familiar with the canon, and you don't need to have read the other stories in the series to follow along.  The plot is simple - ordinary guy gets superpowers through freak lab accident - but the "ordinary guy" is simultaneously relatable and more special than even he realizes in the way he handles the situation, and the powers are really clever, and it's just a ton of fun.

Homeward Bounders and Neverwhere recs )
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Unfashionably late, as usual.  But I'm trying.

Day 1 )

Day 2 - Fandom Communities/Fests/Resources/etc. (no idea why the cut won't work; sorry)
 
[insanejournal.com profile] hp_beholder is my favorite fest because it simultaneously ensures that my favorite minor characters get love (literally), and forces me to consider characters even I wouldn't think of as having hidden depths in situations that I wouldn't expect to find them in.
 
[community profile] scans_daily has introduced me to a whole bunch of awesome comic book series and creators, while allowing me to keep up with what's currently going on in those fandoms (and warning me about what to disregard).
 
TV Tropes may ruin your life, but it's also a useful resource and gut check when I'm not sure whether a certain plot twist or character type has been done to death.

Will catch up on Day 3 when I have more thought to spare.
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