Anatomical Natt

nattish

Natt's Journal: fandom, fandom, fandom...

Fics! Recs! Yeah!


Previous Entry Share Next Entry
Anatomical Natt
nattish

Rare pairings ficathon

So. A few weeks ago I was thinking about how there seems to be a challenge, fest, or ficathon for many different pairings. But most of these pairings are, at least, moderately popular. There doesn't seem to be a lot going for the unpopular. And why should there be, right? If you held a challenge, fest, or ficathon for a single unheard-of pairing, you wouldn't have many entries. Then it popped into my head that there should be an entire challenge, fest, or ficathon for the unheard-of, or unpopular---more specifically, for rare pairings. From the likely (Alice Longbottom/Frank Longbottom) to the unlikely (Draco/Dudley).

I went on a search within Livejournal. I found hprarehet, alohomorare, and then, more recently, hprarepairs. I also remembered switchknife's rare slash pairings site. These are all great (believe me, I've scoured them!), but I wanted to generate a large amount of fic in a small amount of time, for both het and slash.

It seems to me that the best way to do that is to have a ficathon. Lots of people want to see a pairing written that they don't want to write or don't know how to write themselves, after all. Everyone who participates gets something in return. If, for some reason, you don't know what a ficathon is, it is an event like so: you submit two pairings (or scenarios) to be written for you, and someone will write at least one; in return you must write someone else's (just one is mandatory, though you may write more if you wish). You don't know who is writing your fic until you get it.

There are a lot of ficathons and challenges floating around, I know. Being ever-hesitant, I will conduct this poll to calculate interest before I take the leap. Tell your buddies, please! :)

Poll #318936 Rare pairings ficathon

Would you participate in a ficathon for rare pairings?

Yes.
18(85.7%)
No.
3(14.3%)

  • 1
I'd be interested, though before you go through the pain of setting up a ficathon, there's actually this. The problem for me with this is that, in my opinion, they're opinion of "obscure" is far, far too narrow.

I'm sorry, but Dean Thomas isn't obscure? We know next to nothing about him in canon. There's nearly no fic where he plays more than a background role. I have actually looked.

Then there's the disallowance of Blaise Zabini because of the amount of speculation about him in fanon? No. You know what the number one comment on verstehen's and my Blaise-centric story "Dogs of War" was? 'I've never seen a fic like this before.' "Like this" being a long, Blaise-centric story. Yet he's not obscure?

Where is the logic in that? If anyone could point it out, I'd be much obliged.

- Andrea.

I'd be interested, though before you go through the pain of setting up a ficathon, there's actually this. The problem for me with this is that, in my opinion, they're opinion of "obscure" is far, far too narrow

That's the main reason I didn't sign up. I think a rare pairing can include one or even two the main characters. Two obscure characters together is almost tantamount to write two OCs. Which isn't bad, just not what I want to write.

I had a look at obscureness, but it wasn't exactly what I had in mind. Like you said, its perception of obscure seemed too narrow. Also, I am more interested in rare pairings than obscure characters. Harry Potter, of course, isn't an obscure character, but if you pair him up with Stan Shuntpike the fic becomes quite different. I don't want to exclude main characters at all. (Like ellensmithee said, it would be too much like writing original characters.)

I'm sorry, but Dean Thomas isn't obscure? We know next to nothing about him in canon.

Agreed there. I'd rather go about it from a canon perspective than fanon -- he's quite rare there. I do see a good amount of fics involving Blaise and Dean, though. But I still think they would qualify as rare, as they play very minor roles in canon (Zabini particularly).

Ooo, you've said one of my favorite words. Despite the fact that I told myself I can't sign up for any new ficathons for awhile, I would probably make an exception for rarepairs. I'm co-mod of alohomorare and would certainly be willing to link/plug/affiliate or something if you decided to go ahead with this idea.

I think the biggest issue with doing a rarepair ficathon is not everyone who likes rarepairs likes the same sorts of pairings. There's such a wide range that someone who likes Mundungus/Sirius might not be at all interested in writing Riddle/McGonagall. Or you could just mix and match and let people deal with whatever they get. That actually worked pretty well with the Threesomes Ficathon. It seemed that everyone who wanted triofic ended up getting Death Eater threesomes and vice versa, but people came up with some really great fics.

A plug or something of the sort would be nice if I end up doing this! I was thinking of advertising in one or more of the rarepairs groups, if it is permitted.

I think the biggest issue with doing a rarepair ficathon is not everyone who likes rarepairs likes the same sorts of pairings.

True, but that's the risk in any ficathon, isn't it? You might get something you don't like or have never thought about writing. (Happened to me in the last one I participated in.) But at least you get your pairing written in return; I think that's what keeps people going no matter how awful they find the pairing(s) they get.

I've been looking everywhere for Snape/Trelawney. I may have to write it myself, because a for-serious fic with this pairing does not exist.

Why am I always drawn to pairings no-one writes?

I'm partial to Remus/Trelawney (I'm sure that's been written), but I'd read Snape/Trelawney too. It sounds like it'd be difficult to get them together, though!

Here from The Daily Snitch. I would be interested in participating, because there isn't enough Kingsley/Tonks in the fandom. :)

I really like Kingsley. I'd be up for reading that. :D

I read it just now! I like it! I snickered when Tonks dropped Christmas dinner on the floor. :)

I'm all for it... as long as you don't make me write any het. LOL.

Haha. But het makes babies and babies often grow up to be strapping young men, which sometimes make good main characters in slash fics, which means "Hurray!" :) So you must write het for the good of, er, slash. Yes.

I really like that frog icon. I go "hee" when I see it.

I'd be interested if the due date was no earlier than September.

Hi!
I feel really drawn to writing about Hagrid, Sybil, and Argus. I can totally relate to aspects of their personalities that set them apart from normal society. Hmmmm, maybe a threesome. heh heh heh

Could we include stories we've already written, or do you just want new stories?

  • 1
?

Log in

No account? Create an account