First of all sorry for how long I took to put this letter up, though my requests had the bulk of it and this is only additional details should you want them. I hope you love whatever ship and characters we got matched on as much as I do and that you have a fun time writing, I can't wait to read whatever you come up with!
GENERAL LIKES: best friends in love, antagonists in love, female friendships, female agency, found families, messed-up families, dubious moralities, unapologetically amoral characters who don't care about being or doing good, unapologetically amoral characters who don't care about being or doing good but still try because the people they love do care, genuinely good characters who see the world in black and white, genuinely good characters who are willing to do wrong for the people they love, king and lionhearts dynamics, codependency, domesticity, unhealthy dynamics as long as they're recognized as such by the text if not by the characters, characters who work on being healthy together, slow build, character studies, unreliable narrators, all the usual cliché tropes (mutual pining, mistaken to be dating, fake relationship, accidental relationship, accidental marriage, arranged marriage, marriage of convenience, bed-sharing, mistaken identity shenanigans, etc.)
DISLIKE: unhappy endings, character bashing, rape/non-con, major character deaths; I'd prefer to avoid complete AUs for these characters, but canon divergence or stories set in the same universe but with subtle differences, like daemons au or with elements of magical realism, are perfectly fine.
- CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND; Rebecca Bunch/Valencia Perez
I’d love something light and romcom-y, don’t be afraid of the usual tropes (fake dating! inconvenient bedsharing! woke up married!!) or wild shenanigans in the spirit of the show; but I’d be very happy with something more serious that addresses their respective issues, as long as it ends on a relatively happy note (without magically fixing their problems)
DNWs: Please no magical cure particularly for Rebecca's problems. Obviously I'd like the story end with her in a good place, but more in a way where she decides to work on herself and on being happy rather than all her problems disappearing when she's in a happy relationship.
Regarding Josh, whether you choose to include him in the fic or not, I'd rather there were no character-bashing.
- FAKING IT; Amy Raudenfeld/Karma Ashcroft
I absolutely loved the premise of the show and Amy and Karma are the fake dating best friends in love of my heart.
I would rather stay as angst-free as possible for the two of them, and preferably either during canon or the very near future, rather than something a long time from where the show left off.
Maybe something Karma-centric ft oblivious Karma slowly realizing she’s been in love with Amy all along. Can also involve: jealous Karma, more fake dating, some purposeful or accidental wooing.
I'd also love something that highlights their codependency, or something light-hearted where they’re already dating and either hiding it because they don’t want to deal with the drama, or struggling to come out as a couple because no one believes them
DNWs: I'd rather they weren't romantically or sexually involved with anyone else within the story, especially Liam, though I don't otherwise mind if he's around.
- ONCE UPON A TIME; Emma Swan/Regina Mills
The development of their relationship is so interesting, I'd be happy with whenever you want to start the story, whether it's when they still hate each other or when they trust each other completely or anytime in between.
I’d be very into some hate-to-love s1 setting pre-reveal, or even in an alternate universe where there is no magic or fairytale land, but I’d also love for the story to start when their relationship is already a bit more cordial and the co-parenting more settled—again you can go tropey (accidental baby acquisition! everyone thinks they’re dating! accidental relationship! parent trap! accidental magical bonding!)
DNWs: I stopped watching around early s5, so preferably nothing based on canon beyond that. Please no Hook or Robin. I don’t mind them existing in the background if you want them there, but I’d prefer them not to be in any way romantically connected to Emma and Regina. (I do mind Rumpelstiltskin existing a bit.)
Regarding Regina's past, I don’t mind if you want to address it but I’d rather she wasn’t either too villainized for or too absolved of everything she's done. I live in the happy middle where some really bad things have happened to her, but it doesn't make up for the bad things she's made happen to other people? Whether she feels remorse or not is up to you, I'm totally fine with her being unapologetically unrepentant if that's the direction you want to go in.
Regarding Henry, I don't mind if he doesn't feature heavily in the story if he doesn't particularly interest you (though I'd appreciate no character-bashing). Depending on when/in what context you want to set the story, Henry and Regina might have a strained relationship, but I’d rather it be clear that they do love each other deeply.
I don't know how you feel about the Charmings, I don't mind them not being included if you don't like them but again I'd prefer no character-bashing. Charming family feelings are always welcome if you do want to include them.
(I'm totally fine with Rumpelstiltskin-bashing, though.)
- PERSON OF INTEREST; Root | Samantha Groves/Samen Shaw
Fix-it fix-it fix-it. Root dying was faked or part of a simulation or just didn’t happen altogether, you can totally ignore it and set the story post-canon without addressing it at all if you want.
I’d love something quiet and happy where they and especially Shaw recover from everything and it can get hard sometimes but they have each other and they’ll make it. Or maybe some canon divergence where Shaw was never taken and Root has set out to woo her by probably unorthodox and possibly disturbing but strangely effective methods (and then they both live happily ever after), or they’re doing an undercover marrieds stint (and then they live happily ever after), or even something relatively early in their relationship where Shaw still kinda wants to kill her but they have to team up for some reason and then feelings happen (and then they live happily ever after).
DNWs: An unhappy ending and/or a Root-lives-on-through-the-Machine-even-