I think most of us have heard about the hated MarySues
.The very mention of the word or even implying a character is a Mary Sue
will create heated arguments.Even trying to define what exactly is a Mary Sue
is problematic as every person has their own definition. We only know for certain that they do exist.
My question is ''' Are MarySues
bad or something that must be stopped?
I don't mean "bad" in a bad quality sense becuase they are in fact a sign of bad writting. I mean bad as in "evil"
Some people that want to create quality writting(like me ) want to avoid creating one at all costs. But if a person willing wants to create and even enjoy Mary Sue
characters why is it so wrong?
For instace bella from Twilight. She is a character that most people claim is a Mary Sue
and not without a reason as she is a character that has what many women want.
But even if she is.Why is it wrong to want to be like a Mary Sue
. Why does it have to become a pseudo witch hunt to destroy them?.
From a psycological point of view
They are exactly the same as any Escapist Character
. But MarySues
are more individualised (or in other words designed just to please the author hence the reason most of the time only the author enjoys them) and a complete denial of reality (lack of flaws).
I think if anyone has ever daydreamed something that person has had a Mary Sue
I do believe MarySues
are mostly a sign of bad writting. But I don't think they should be considered as "something wrong" or "evil". Just as a kid playing with his toys isn't something wrong
Sure a kid playing with his power rangers/batman/Gi I joe toys most likely won't create the next Harry Potter
he only wants to have fun. (why stop him?)
What's so wrong about having a dream (after all that's what MarySues
are) where everything is perfect (for the author)?.
Just like the mirror or "erised" was in Harry Potter
" a reflection to our desires, so are Mary Sue
characters. They are a reflection of what our needs and desires.They have a lot of potential to show us who we are and what we want. When someone shares with you a Mary Sue
they are also sharing with you who they are.
Are they something a good/serious author must avoid? In my opinion yes.Are they soemthing wrong? In my opinion no.
What is your opinion?
edited 28th Apr '12 5:27:21 PM by FallenLegend