Because, omg, the letters placeholder post has gone up. :D
First let me just assure you that you are my new favourite person, for having offered to write in one of these tiny fandoms of my heart! Really, I will be happy with anything you choose to write for these, but for those who like more guidance, here is a bit about what I like / dislike in fic, and some details about the fandoms. Things I like:
angst, pining, comedy, coming of age, friendship fic, social issues, family fic, slash, etc.Things I don't like:
[Nb. Don't stress if you can't get all nominated characters into a fic. I'll be more than happy with just one!]
If you want to know more about me, I've got fandom accounts all over the place. Most of my fic is archived on the Ao3
; my primary journal is at livejournal; and my current number one time sink is Tumblr
Okay, okay, enough of my waffling. Onto the fandoms!( Read more... )
Arguably the best comedy comes from Stan's home life. Stan lives at home with his mum, littler sister Olive, and her husband Arthur. The pair argue constantly, over anything and everything - from the effects of Arthur's 'little operation' to Olive's cooking. Olive is the butt of many jokes (eg. when Stan's fitting a new toilet and they have to nip next door to use Jack's facilities in the morning, Olive says: 'Oh, Stan, it was awful. The milkman whistled at me!' Stan responds with: 'Don't worry, love. He probably just mistook you for his horse.') and I would adore fic exploring her character. Arthur eventually runs off with a younger woman in the TV series, though in the tie in films they stay together and have a son ('little Arthur'), but either canon route is more than fine!
My all time omg can't even desribe how happy it would make me fic scenario would be Stan/Jack slash fic, complete with early 70s attitudes to homosexuality. Humourous 'everyone mistakenly thinks they're an item' fic, or serious angst, or absolutely anything inbetween. For inspiration here's a conversation between Stan's mum and his Aunt Maud (S2:EP4) on the issue:Aunt Maud:
Funny Stan hasn't got married, isn't it? Isn't he courting?Mum: Oh, I don't know. He goes out with Jack most nights, his conductor.Aunt Maud:
Oooh.Mum: What do you mean 'Oooh'?Aunt Maud:
Well, I hope he's not going to turn out like Uncle Herbert.Mum: Oh, Maud, shut up!Stan: Oi, hang on, hang on. What's this about Uncle Herbert? Why shouldn't I turn out like Uncle Herbert?Mum: It's something we don't talk about, love. It's just, um, that he was, er, you know. But it's alright now 'cos it's legal.Resources:✰
✰ I requested OtB last year too, here's my letter.
✰ The first film (1971). There were 7 series in total, and 3 films, but this one sums it all up and reuses a lot of plotlines from the TV show.
I think all episodes are up on YouTube, just tap it into the search bar. :)Pretty in Pink [Duckie Dale, Blane McDonough, Steff McKee, Andie Walsh.]
Pretty in Pink is a 1986 John Hughes teen movie, starring Molly Ringwald as Andie Walsh, a working class 'zoid' who falls for Blane McDonough, one of the richiest 'richies' at their high school. In turn, Blane hangs about the record shope where Andie works, trying to catch her eye much to the disgust of his friends, particularly Steff McKee - who has always had a bit of thing about Andie himself.
The film in under five minutes.
Andie's friends aren't impressed either. Jenna thinks Blane is lame, and her best friend Phil 'Duckie' Dale is absolutely distraught at the idea - he's been in love with Andie since forever. Iona, Andie's boss and stand in mother, tells her she has to just go for it, and her dad tells her she deserves everything. When Blane gives in to his friends and parents, and breaks off their arrangements for prom, Duckie and Steff get into a bust up, and Andie creates the most hideous prom gown in movie history.
The original edit ended with Andie and Duckie dancing at prom together - the ending in the tie-in novel - but test audiences wanted to see Andie bag her man. It was duly done, and Blane tells the world what a dick he's been before they kiss and make up in the car park. Cue much sniffling into tissues!
Growing up I wanted nothing more than to be
Andie Walsh, and she's still one of my fashion icons! I would adore anything Andie focussed. How her relationships change after going to college, her first time meeting Blane's parents, if she's ever reunited with her mother, does she keep in touch with Iona, etc, etc. Again with Blane, I'd particularly love anything focussing on the class differences between his world and Andie's, but please feel free to anything!
Steff McKee is the bad guy of the piece - a spoiled arrogant brat. But is there anything more to him? What's his home life like? Does he ever realise how much of an idiot he is, and does he do anything about it?
Finally, Duckie Dale. <3 The boy steals the show, and rightly so. From his quiff to his creepers Duckie's awesome, and I'd love to see anything exploring his character. I think Andie made the right decision not to change their friendship, but I particularly like the idea of something dealing with how Duckie moves on from it.Resources:✰ Wiki
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✰ My fave fanvid.Grange Hill [Alan Humphries, Tucker Jenkins, Sudhamani Patel, Trisha Yates.]
Now from an east side high school to an inner London comprehensive: Grange Hill hit UK TV screens in 1978, as part of a drive by the BBC to make their programming more relevant to modern children. It was an instant hit, portraying 'real life' scenarios and going on to run for 40 years before finally folding in 2008. Over the years it tackled just about everything, from animal rights, to sex education, to knife crime, though arguably the most famous storyline was Samuel 'Zammo' Maguire's addiction to heroin in '86/'87. (Here's the contemporary cast singing 'Just Say No' to drive the point home.
My nominated characters are all from the first intake of Hillites. Peter 'Tucker' Jenkins
was essentially the main character in the first couple of series; a mischevious kid who was always getting himself - and his mates - into trouble. He lived at home with mum, dad, older brother Barry and little sister Rhona. His arch enemy was Michael Doyle, a pretentious bully who's dad was on the local council. (Basically think: Draco Malfoy!) Tucker excelled at art, though not much else, and in the spin-off series ' Tucker's Luck
' he ended up going back to college, to get the basic qualifications needed to get onto an engineering course. He mainly hung around with sports fanatic Benny Green, and his old mate from primary school, Alan Humphries
. Alan was the more level headed of the trio, though was usually the go to in a fight - espeically after he took up judo! Alan lived with his dad, a no nonsense kind of guy with a builder's yard and a penchant for insulting stuck up parents at PTA meetings. Alan's schooldays romance was with Susi McMahon, but she ditched him for a sixth form boy, even though Alan was the only one of his gang to scrape any o-levels. In Tucker's Luck his dad dies, and Alan ends up moving to Devon with his Uncle Vic at the end of the series.
L to R: Tucker Jenkins, Tommy Watson, Pamela Cartwright, Susi McMahon, Benny Green, Alan Humphries.
Then there's outspoken Trisha Yates
. Trisha's older sister, Carol, was in the fifth form when Trisha started school, and this only seemed to set her up to think she could get away with anything. She flouted uniform rules, and was part of a canteen sit in against the unfair treatment of kids on free school dinners. In series two she was close friends with Cathy Hargreaves, before the latter went of the rails, and in between attending Madness concerts started getting more heavily involved in school activism. She got onto the school council in series three, and we last see her at the end of Tucker's Luck working as a clerk and agreeing to go on a date with Tucker. Finally there's Sudhamani Patel
, a good friend of Trisha's - though she's much more of a goody two shoes! She lives with her parents, and works after school and Saturday mornings in her father's newsagents. He feels that Grange Hill is having a bad influence on his daughter, and is only just convinced to allow her to complete her third year there before sending to an all girls' school.
Here's Trisha, Cathy and Sudhamani giggling while Tucker sets light to the biology laboratory...
I know I said I was going to offer guidance but, seriously, I would be overjoyed with anything focussing on any one of these characters. What was it like for Sudhamani after switching schools? Did Tucker and Trisha go the distance? What actually happened to Alan's mother? Het, slash, gen - go for it!Resources:✰ Series one on YouTube.
✰ Fansite 1.✰ Fansite 2.✰ Grange Hill Wiki.✰ Wiki page