Date: 11/10/13 02:45 am Title: Mary-Sues: Things you Need to Know
Thank you so much for this! I kept hearing about Mary Sues but never knew what the reference was. And when I looked up Mary Sue, exactly what you said in the 2nd paragraph is what I found...
Now that I know, I'm going to have to go through what I've written to make sure I didn't fall into any of the traps... Again, thank you for writing this! ^-^
Author's Response: Thank you for letting me know that this was helpful, and clear. Sometimes I write with examples, or I end up rambling, and whatever it is I'm trying to explain turns out not clear. Personally, even after all of this, I wouldn't worry about "Mary-Sues," and just focus on improving on a general scale, and, by all means, if something I wrote didn't fit your personal definition or mentality, I encourage you to write your own personal guide.
Date: 10/21/13 06:38 pm Title: Mary-Sues: Things you Need to Know
What an informative piece! I like that there's a reference for people instead of "Umm, Mary-Sue? They are... perfect and powerful. Yeah." Which is infuriating and such a broad thing that they don't even explain what the exact problem is. I've seen many "too powerful" characters that ended up becoming more developed and believeable--same with "perfect" characters. It's when they DON'T grow that it becomes a problem.
This was very well written and incredibly informative! Bravo!
I also wanted you to know that partway through the piece the "headliner" portion of each idea shifts formatting from center to right aligned and it was surprising. Just letting you know!
Great job once again!
Author's Response: I fixed the headliner, thank you for telling me about that.
And thank you for the lovely comment. The whole declaring-the-character-is-a-Mary-Sue-and-running-is-a-perfectly-valid-critique is very infuriating indeed. I'm glad that this wasn't vague, and that all of the explanations and examples were easy to understand, and that you got stuff out of it.