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Literature: Silly Novels by Lady Novelists
"She is the ideal woman in feelings, faculties, and flounces."

"Silly Novels By Lady Novelists" is an essay written by George Eliot in 1856, in which she skewers so many Common Mary Sue Traits it's amazing—everything from her beautiful singing voice to her hordes of admirers to her astounding intellect.

You can read it here.

Tropes diagnosed in this essay (not all of them Mary Sue Tropes, actually):


Silas Marner 19 th Century LiteratureThe Sleeper Awakes
Silent SpringNon-Fiction LiteratureStasiland
Turkey City LexiconBooks on TropeThe Art of Courtly Love

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