I also love the Fashionista + Scavenger World
idea. Walking the Earth
, searching all the ruined shops on a quest to find the perfect pair of shoes. Or something.
Anyway, here are a couple of the ideas I'm never going to use:
1. Lovecraftian-style horror story where any hideous relics, unspeakable cults, and disturbing rituals come completely from the modern-day US — nothing from Darkest Africa or the Mystical Orient or the Savage Tribes of pre-Columbian America. There are plenty of dubious cults of recent vintage around; one of them (preferably a fictional or at least fictionalized one) could stumble on (or be subliminally influenced into) a ritual that actually has real power — to call on an Eldritch Abomination
. Maybe they mistake it for whatever deity they were worshipping before. I don't really know where I'd go with it, I'm just fed up with the fact that Original Flavor
Lovecraft pastiches always seem to have things originate with the Uncivilized Heathens and I'd like to see one done without that.
2. A culture in sci-fi or fantasy that has three or more genders (but still only two sexes). I know there are societies in real life that have or had this kind of gender setup, but I've never seen it explored in fiction. I think it could be really interesting... though the pronouns could be a headache.
edited 16th Jun '11 12:21:13 AM by bluepenguin