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Nowadays I think I’m more character motivated than anything else. If I like a character or pairing I’ll probably read the fic. It helps that I generally go for characters and pairings which are less popular, so there are usually not a lot of fic to be found. I definitely prefer good characterization over plottiness.
Basically I like to read what I like to write. I have a fondness for characters who morally grey, straddling the line between good and evil, and I also like competent female characters who doesn’t need a man to fix things for them. I enjoy darkfic and angst, but it really depends on how it is written. When it comes to smut, BDSM is very welcome. But I also really enjoy more humorous fics where the characters banter with each other.
Here are two examples of what I enjoy, one of the angsty kind, the other of the funny.
Title:and love said no
Fandom: Once Upon A Time in Wonderland
Word Count: 525
Characters/pairing: Anastasia/Jafar, Anastasia/Will
Warnings: Non-con/rape elements, spanking, violence
Summary: Her golden crown rolls away, clinking hard against the stone floor, and that's the only sound filling the room. She won't beg.
Title: The House Always Wins
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: General audience
Word Count: 639
Characters/pairing: Liz Shaw, The Master (Delgado), Third Doctor
Summary: The Master and Liz, on a mission to save the Doctor (maybe)...