kinds of pairings i’m all about
- height differences
- high contrasting designs like light and dark colors
- happy one with the grumpy one
bonus points if
- the grumpy one gets embarrassed by kisses
- the short one is the grumpy one
- the happy one’s presence makes the grumpy one really shy
Ok, but have you considered…
- The guy living below me has a really loud alarm clock that always wakes me up at the ass crack of dawn AU
- I went to investigate a scream and found my neighbour standing on a chair to avoid a rat/cockroach/snake AU
- My neighbour has a really squeaky bed and my bedroom is right below theirs AU
- Someone keeps stealing my doormat AU
- My pet tarantula escaped and I forgot to warn the guy below me who is scared of spiders AU
- I need you to pet sit my pet this weekend and I forgot to mention it’s a giant snake, the mice are in the freezer, thanks bye! AU
- The apartment above me has left their tap on or something and water is LEAKING THROUGH MY CEILING WTF! AU
- My neighbour’s sister got the wrong house number and barged into my apartment AU
- The guy next door/my roommate always steals my coffee, so I started to make extra AU
APARTMENT AUs! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ
You might be working with Fantastic Racism, fantastic referring to fantasy. This takes racism from real-world groups and changes it to be between fantastic races (elves. vs dwarves, humans vs. aliens, etc.).
- Space Jews, in which one of the fantasy races is a stand-in for a real-world group by way of racial stereotypes. The Space Jew character draws on stereotypes to directly align with a racial, ethnic, or religious group.
- Superior Species, in which one race actually is superior according to the world of the story. The idea of a legitimately Superior Species can serve to legitimize (Fantastic) Racism, which can then send all kinds of uncomfortable messages.
Just because you are working with fantasy races does not give you license to ignore the stereotypes your readers know and recognize. Be similarly mindful of:
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture, in which a SF/F culture is partly/heavily based on a real-world culture. A major failing with this is when writers use an incomplete knowledge of the base culture to build the fantasy one, which feels flat at best and offensive at worst. Along the same lines are…
- Culture Chop Suey and Interfaith Smoothie, in which a SF/F culture or religion is patched together from many different cultures or religions in a way that doesn’t make sense. At their worst, instances can show a lack of research and/or straight up ignorance of the cultures or religions being drawn from.
- Scary Dogmatic Aliens, in which a fantastic race (usually aliens) is a stand-in for a belief system rather than a group. The Scary Dogmatic Alien is similar to the Space Jew, but relies on a moral message rather than a stereotype. Mostly used to preach to the audience, especially when using a current belief system.
See the linked pages for more reading.
Ravens facing the direction of a clouded sun foretell hot weather.
If you see a raven preening, rain is on the way.
Ravens flying towards each other signify an omen of war.
Seeing a raven tapping on a window foretold death.
If a raven is heard croaking near a house, there will be a death in it.
If a raven flies around the chimney of a sick person’s house, they will die.
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