There's also the fact that whether people perceive a character as an Author Avatar
really depends on how much they know about you, the author.
To give an example from my own works: since most of the characters in my comic are named after people I know
, they included one named after myself. I decided to parody the whole idea of Author Avatars
with him by making him the most over-the-top stereotypical
nerd Wish Fulfillment type of character I could
: a Badass Bookworm
who is a brilliant military genius, widely loved and famous among the population, a part-time superhero, and top it off, winds up becoming President of the Galactic Alliance
(and best-selling author) in the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue
. The only thing he was missing was dozens of women throwing themselves at him.
The problem with this is that it became apparent the only way to tell he was a parody and not a normal Marty Stu *
was if you knew me personally and were aware that none of this, except possibly becoming president, really matches my own personal Wish Fulfillment
at all. A true Author Avatar
for me, at least an idealized one, would probably be much more like a Deadpan Snarker Einstein Sue
then anything resembling this kind of "action hero" fantasy.
The point I'm trying to make, besides simply raving about my own work, is that most people's view of an Author Avatar
is basically related to the stereotypical Mary Sue
or Marty Stu
, like "me" in my comics. Is your protagonist like that? If so, your problems are probably a lot bigger than a character resembling you. If not, then it's not really a problem if you put some of yourself into him. When people complain about author avatars, they're complaining specifically about idealized
versions of the author. Keep your protagonist from becoming idealized and it won't matter if he's "you" or not.