Mary Sue? What?A Lesson by Deepshikha
So, um, first things first, what in dang-diggity is a Mary Sue? Well...you see...
According to Wikipedia, a Mary Sue is "a fictional character with overly idealized and hackneyed mannerisms, lacking noteworthy flaws, and primarily functioning as a wish-fulfillment fantasy for the author or reader. Perhaps the single underlying feature of all characters described as "Mary Sues" is that they are too ostentatious for the audience's taste, or that the author seems to favor the character too highly. The author may seem to push how exceptional and wonderful the "Mary Sue" character is on his or her audience, sometimes leading the audience to dislike or even resent the character fairly quickly; such a character could be described as an 'author's pet'."
If that was too long for you, well, then:
Here's a little quote from a story that I read on PotterSues, a livejournal community dedicated to sporking Harry Potter Mary Sues. It might give you a little bit of insight...just a bit...
"Afterwards, [Cho Chang] went into the Auror program, while learning going to healer school, a school for healers. While getting both of her diplomas in just two years time, she studied in Oxford politics and law while working in Saint Mungo and at the British Ministry of Magic as an auror. In the mean time, Cho had spent a season as the seeker of the Tornados, and had made history. After an epic Quidditch match, Cho had crushed the Holyhead Harpies’ seeker, Ginerva Weasley, which forced her to retire on her first season. Cho would take her place and win a record of five world cups winning for the Holyhead Harpies when she was transferred to their team. When she retired at just age twenty-two, she was pretty rich, with about one million galleons. She then tried her hand at modeling, which turned out very well, as it gave her even more fame— in sports and beauty."
Recap, shall we?
Cho Chang, in this story, is:
b. an auror
c. a healer
d. an Oxford political science grad
e. a Quidditch seeker.
f. better than Ginny
g. a millionaire
h. a model
i. I could go on forever.
If you were annoyed...or you wanted to break the screen while reading that, then, CONGRATULATIONS! You're on the first step to recovery. :D
Anyway, this was one of the more toxic (as they call them on pottersues) Mary Sues. Stay tuned for more.
Added on March 2, 2010
Last Updated on March 2, 2010
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AboutThis is archive for the poetry I've written, spanning back from when I first started writing in 2007. I mostly write fiction now and don't post it on here. Enjoy if you'd like. I'm Deepshikha. ..