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I am the one you hate.

I am the one who considers The Mary-Sue Litmus Test a direct challenge. I am the one who bases entire characters and storylines on Grateful Dead songs. I write bad guys who don't discover the Light of Goodness...although they might pretend to for a while. I will have my Hatrack character speak to birds and ride lions in homage to Ayla, my Valerian adept will make feet-washing her specialty as a nod to Inara, and my uber-manly Clan hunter will sneak around seducing your future-Leader a la...

Well, at least I don't give spoilers.

I make Anti-Sues that are the complete opposite of your Mary-Sues, and then laugh when you don't notice. I make the Uber-Sue that snarks your Sue, then revel in her firey death. I make characters that are you, I make characters that are me---hell, I make characters that are Keller Williams and James Earl Jones as a hawk...and then I give us all super powers! I write fumbly Wash/Simon slash and put Hermione in a Daddy/girl with Snape. I write entire posts in haiku and limericks when you're taking your game too seriously. I break canon in the silliest ways when there is wailing & gnashing of teeth over tiny things. I do dream sequences. I've brought people back from the dead. I've had characters bring people back from the dead.

Are you tearing out your hair? Are you yelling, Why? For the love of God, whyyyyy?

Because I can't publish it anyway, we're playing a game, and my sole purpose is to amuse myself doing so. Better yet if I can do it subtly enough to make everyone actually like it, but I'm just as amused when it's over-the-top to balance out teh dramah. You'd think it's a mortal sin, the way some people work themselves up. I try to be serious and scholarly when I'm writing my own stuff, but when it's fanfic? I really just don't care.


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Oct. 2nd, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
You are my heroine! :)
Oct. 2nd, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
Ha ha ha, really? Sweet. Thanks!

I dunno. Most folks start out liking my stuff and end up hating it...Maybe that's why I rarely post fanfic here. ;)
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Oct. 2nd, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
Actually, your comment about Io was what got me realizing I'd never done a Firefly nod.
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Oct. 2nd, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Ha ha ha, no, but that's hilarious! I liked Laniaa. I always wanted a trembling anguisette.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)

I used to have characters in Hatrack, around 10 years ago. I had no idea it was still around.

Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
Really? Too cool! I used to have a whole eclectic family there a few years back, but I haven't been there in forever.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
LOL! Awesome!
Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Why thank you!
Oct. 2nd, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
You win.

When I started my novel, I was really worried about whether my characters would be too perfect... and then I just went, you know, fuck it. I honestly don't want to read about regular people. I want to read about people who are extra noble, extra smooth, extra sexy, extra skilled. That's why I love fantasy and sci-fi -- because people so often get to be superhuman.

And... yeah, would I like my novel to be published? Yes. Does my main character having silver intense eyes hurt its chances? Probably. But you know -- my work, my character. And part of the fun of creating her is things like the super-eyes, the extra-suaveness, the larger than life-ness.

So yeah... there are characters that are so perfect they're just annoying and unbelievable. But you know, my characters are nobility and high-class courtesans... I don't need to describe their nail fungus. Really.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm in full agreement. Now sometimes I'll go the nail fungus route if *everything's* too perfect, but the point is defying expectations. :)

My elves always have silver eyes.
Oct. 3rd, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
OK, you need to educate me. I'm not into fanfic. I've heard the term "Mary Sue" a zillion times, but I've yet to hear its actual definition.

Enlighten me?

:hands you a cookie:
Oct. 3rd, 2008 10:28 am (UTC)
No prob! Actually, *all* fiction writers should watch out for Mary Sues. They are the perfect, overly perfect main characters who have no other dimensions at all. That litmus test I linked to gives a lot of the cliches that Mary Sues - and their male counterpart, Gary Stu - have.

I mentioned Ayla, from Clan of the Cavebear. She was a Mary Sue. Since I found those books at the ripe age of ten or so, and it was my very first fandom, I grew up writing horrid Mary Sues until I learned that those were actually frowned upon. You know, characters who were me only perfecter, able to conquer any plot point (or other rpg writers) with a blatant disregard for believabilty.

*takes cookie, and shares a glass of milk in return*
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Oct. 3rd, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
This was well-written! You're quite talented.
Oct. 4th, 2008 11:21 am (UTC)
Thank you so very much!
Oct. 3rd, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
Excellent! *smilegiggle*
Oct. 4th, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Oct. 3rd, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
I like this!

Oct. 4th, 2008 11:24 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm so glad!
Oct. 4th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
Very artfully written! P.
Oct. 4th, 2008 11:29 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!

I love your icon, too.
Oct. 4th, 2008 07:07 am (UTC)
wow great post.
Oct. 4th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Oct. 4th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
The Mary-Sue test is overrated. Every character under the sun is, to some extent, a stereotype because they're just characters created for our amusement. The difference is in how it's done, whether it's done skillfully or...well, in a manner that truly deserves snarking at.

I write fan-fic for my own amusement to play out my own fantasies. In short, I don't care if it violates every tenet of 'orginal' fan-fic in the non-existent book. Good on you for doing the same!

Oct. 5th, 2008 11:52 am (UTC)
I agree. MCs are usually super special, because reading novels about the boring people would suck. I meant that it's more like a challenge to see how many of those things I can pull off well.

Oct. 5th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
This made me laugh! Well done!
Oct. 5th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Oct. 5th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Nice entry.
Oct. 5th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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