Mary-Sue: Who is She? by HatedLove6
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Summary: This is my personal collection of Mary-Sue guides that I have written, edited, and updated since 2009, ranging from what Mary-Sues are, how to take into accounts of different fictional aspects when critiquing, and how to write certain scenes.
Categories: Rants, Articles
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Story Type: Essay
Warnings: Language, Mild Adult Situations, Yaoi, Yuri
Challenges: None
Parent Series: None
Stories: 13
Series Type: Closed

Summary: Someone has called your character(s) Mary-Sue, but they never told you how your characters are one. Let me guess: you looked up what Mary-Sues are and found a multitude of various conflicting definitions, and none of them seemed to match your accused character, except the definition that accuses all Original Characters in fan fiction, especially when they are paired with Canon Characters. Well, here's a different and refreshing opinion of what Mary-Sues are, and whether or not that term is as valid as people make it seem.
Categories: Articles
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Story Type: Essay, Non-smut
Warnings: No Warning
Series: Mary-Sue: Who is She?
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4847 Read Count: 1068
[Report This] Published: 10/21/13 Updated: 10/21/13
Summary: You've carefully constructed your characters, your universe, and your plot. They all have wonderful development that you feel that it could actually all be real, but you're not getting good reviews. How can this be? What is getting in your way? Why on earth are people still calling your character's "Mary-Sue"? Well, no matter how careful you are, if the story isn't well-written, people will judge you even before they click on your story. Here's a few tips.
Categories: Articles
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Story Type: Essay, Non-smut
Warnings: No Warning
Series: Mary-Sue: Who is She?
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 5194 Read Count: 1398
[Report This] Published: 10/21/13 Updated: 10/21/13
Summary: With all of this talk of "god-modding" and "Mary-Sues," it's hard to have powerful characters anymore. Well, you know what? Screw them! Your character can be immortal, invulnerable, and can control all four elements without being "over-powered"! Believe it or not, it is possible, and I can prove it.
Categories: Articles
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Story Type: Essay, Non-smut
Warnings: No Warning
Series: Mary-Sue: Who is She?
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 5036 Read Count: 921
[Report This] Published: 10/21/13 Updated: 10/21/13
Summary: Now that you know what kind of skills or powers your character has, how do you portray them in an action scene? Well, it's actually easier than you think!
Categories: Articles
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Story Type: Essay, Non-smut
Warnings: Mild Violence
Series: Mary-Sue: Who is She?
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2684 Read Count: 728
[Report This] Published: 10/22/13 Updated: 10/22/13
Summary: Don't you hate it when you try to explain why your character isn't a Mary-Sue, but they don't listen because they think your character isn't "realistic"? What's the definition of "realism" in fiction anyway?
Categories: Articles
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Story Type: Essay, Non-smut
Warnings: No Warning
Series: Mary-Sue: Who is She?
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2866 Read Count: 888
[Report This] Published: 10/22/13 Updated: 10/22/13
Summary: Why do people still ask to review character sheets for Mary-Sueism, when the only thing we have is the character? We haven't seen them develop, we don't know about the universe, and we don't know the plot or the writing style that would all be present in the story. Well, even if we don't have all of the information, critiquing character sheets can certainly still help those who ask for it.
Categories: Articles
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Story Type: Essay, Non-smut
Warnings: No Warning
Series: Mary-Sue: Who is She?
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4594 Read Count: 914
[Report This] Published: 10/22/13 Updated: 10/22/13
Summary: Ever wonder what makes a romance a true romance novel? Need tips on what you can do with certain scenarios such as modern-day arranged marriages, or even--dare I say it--love at first sight? There's another question, the biggest question, I bet a ton of people want answered: How do you write a "love scene"?

And do you really need sex in order for your story to be true romance? I should hope not!
Categories: Articles
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Story Type: Essay, Non-smut
Warnings: Adult Situations, Citrus, Lime, Mild Adult Situations
Series: Mary-Sue: Who is She?
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 18091 Read Count: 469
[Report This] Published: 10/22/13 Updated: 08/11/14
Summary: The pains of naming your characters. Too bland, and they are forgotten, too unique and your readers still complain. Where is the balance?
Categories: Articles
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Story Type: Essay, Non-smut
Warnings: No Warning
Series: Mary-Sue: Who is She?
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4346 Read Count: 945
[Report This] Published: 10/23/13 Updated: 10/23/13
Summary: Mary-Sues can't possibly be my main character, because my main character is an animal! On the contrary, but I wouldn't worry too much about it. Come here if you want tips on how to write animal characters.
Categories: Articles
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Story Type: Essay, Non-smut
Warnings: No Warning
Series: Mary-Sue: Who is She?
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3188 Read Count: 800
[Report This] Published: 10/23/13 Updated: 10/23/13
Summary: Dreams and flashbacks are two of the most underrated and most complained about scenes in fiction, but they do have some use in some stories. How do you tell when you need them, and how do you go about writing them?
Categories: Articles
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Story Type: Essay, Non-smut
Warnings: No Warning
Series: Mary-Sue: Who is She?
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2564 Read Count: 1657
[Report This] Published: 10/24/13 Updated: 10/24/13
Summary: If you've ever heard of Mary-Sues there will be specific traits in the character or general writing traits that follow them. All bad. You can't write in second person, you can't pair your OC with a Canon character, you cannot have characters come back to life, you can't do this and you can't do that. Well, you know what? I've got complaints about your complaints, so how about that?
Categories: Articles, Rants
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Story Type: Essay, Non-smut
Warnings: Adult Situations, Mild Adult Situations, Mild Violence, Rape, Self-harm, Spoilers
Series: Mary-Sue: Who is She?
Chapters: 30 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 37482 Read Count: 9236
[Report This] Published: 11/14/13 Updated: 10/25/16
Summary: A five-piece advice when critiquing anyone's story, whether you're judging a story for Mary-Sueism or not.
Categories: Articles
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Story Type: Essay
Warnings: No Warning
Series: Mary-Sue: Who is She?
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1495 Read Count: 639
[Report This] Published: 03/03/14 Updated: 03/03/14
Summary: These are my final words on Mary-Sues. Please help.
Categories: Rants, Articles
Characters: None
Genres: Essay
Story Type: Essay
Warnings: Language
Series: Mary-Sue: Who is She?
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2193 Read Count: 902
[Report This] Published: 09/08/14 Updated: 09/08/14