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What about Mary Sue?

Wheezer

Mary Sue who? This Mary Sue: http://www.springhole.net/writing/whatisamarysue.htm

Do you find Mary Sue creeping into your stories and disrupting your plots? I could point out at least a couple of writers on SOL who have not only let Mary Sue into their stories, but have embraced her, eloped with her, and ran off to engage in carnal relations. :D

Some writers manage to make their MC a Mary Sue and still pull off a fun, entertaining story. I think they are the exception though.

richardshagrin

@Wheezer

Time for a story, "Mary Sue, Naked in School."

Is Sue her last name? Or is her first name Mary-Sue, like Ann-Margaret or Rudolf the red nosed reindeer?

Perhaps she is a litigator and sues people. Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow? Or is she the one who had a little lamb? Or a son treated by the government as a terrorist and crucified. God rest ye Mary, Gentlemen.

Wheezer

Could not think of a single thing to say on topic, could you? LOL!

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richardshagrin

@Wheezer

There is almost always something to say. If nothing else, Amen.

Dominions Son

@Wheezer

Mary Sue who? This Mary Sue: http://www.springhole.net/writing/whatisamarysue.htm


Sorry, I couldn't get much past the opening paragraph, the made up supposedly gender neutral pronouns bother me too much.

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Wheezer

@Dominions Son

Sorry, I couldn't get much past the opening paragraph, the made up supposedly gender neutral pronouns bother me too much.


Yes, that's annoying, but the article is worthwhile.

Ernest Bywater

@Wheezer

Do you find Mary Sue creeping into your stories


Sometimes, but I get her married off to her cousin Billy Bob so they can have fun.

These comments apply to a lot of authors, on SoL and elsewhere. Many stories are Wish Fulfillment so you expect to see a Mary Sue or two in them. Some are just What if I did that different, and they will have a Mary Sue component. There are a lot of SoL stories that look like a Mary Sue to start with, but are really Uber Hero type stories without the Super Hero component.

Switch Blayde

@Ernest Bywater

Ernest, if you had a Mary Sue I'd think you meant to have a Mary Use. :P

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Ernest Bywater

@Switch Blayde

Ernest, if you had a Mary Sue I'd think you meant to have a Mary Use. :P


Especially by Billy Bob - you know my typing issues too well, Switch.

Crumbly Writer

@Ernest Bywater

There are a lot of SoL stories that look like a Mary Sue to start with, but are really Uber Hero type stories without the Super Hero component.

I was about to say "Sounds like some of my stories," though I try to avoid those issues, but I think mine fall into your category. Since I deal with sci-fi where someone is struggling to understand things (and they have outsized abilities they don't comprehend), it's not so much wish fulfillment as it is coming to grasp with a new reality. The superhuman element is there, but instead to jumping into superhero mode, my characters struggle with their condition (Spiderman analogies, anyone?).

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