[LMB] OT: Judging a Mary Sue

Rebecca Price becca_price at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 20 13:31:26 BST 2013

The original Mary Sue, as I understand it, isn't just author
self-insertion, it's that she's usually very young for her accomplishments,
stunningly beautiful (although frequently in a non-traditional way), she
can out-command the commander, out-science the science officer, comes up
with the medical information *just* in the nick of time, and everybody
loves her. In the original Mary Sue, she also dies nobly (and may be
resurrected by some sort of long-chance medical miracle.)

Kvoth in the Name of the Wind books has been criticized as being something
of a Marty Stu, although I've seen arguments both ways on that one.


On Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 2:18 AM, Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>wrote:

> > From: John Lennard <john.c.lennard at gmail.com>
> What's the male equivalent? I've read plenty of works by make writers
> that seem to be the bloke version. Some of them were great reads,
> some were irritating drivel.
> So, is it ok to commit Mary-Sue, or not?
> Gwynne
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