Friday, April 22, 2011
Do You Mary Sue?
This isn't a marriage proposal.
A Mary Sue is an idealized, near perfect character who is a fictionalized, wish-fulfillment on the part of the author writing a character.
Sometimes it manifests as a character that looks a lot like the author; sometimes it's superpowers or abilities that the author wishes he/she had. Oftentimes everything seems to go their way. Life can be pretty perfect for Mary Sue.
Apparently the Mary Sue term originally came from Star Trek fanfiction in the 1970's.
So tell the truth writers...do you Mary Sue?
And if you're not sure, there is a very funny Mary Sue test you can take to see if you are an anti-Sue, non-Sue, borderline-Sue, Mary Sue, über-Sue, or irredeemable-Sue.
All fun and games, though. As for me? I do Mary Sue, but not in extremes. ;)
One last thing--Leigh Moore and I are going to host a quick and easy blogfest on May 16th called "Laughter is the Best Medicine Blogfest." The joke will be on everyone for this one. Details to come!