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04:49:47 PM Feb 11th 2016
So, according to comments at the top of the page, "This list of examples has been alphabetized". Alphabetized by what, though? Name of the work? Name of the author? Name of the author avatar? I looked at some folders and it seems like it's the name of the work. That doesn't really work, though, because many examples list multiple works by the same author. This is especially the case if the author avatar shows up in multiple books in the same series. So, what I'm basically saying is that this alphabetized order is a mess and nobody even tries to adhere to it.
03:59:37 PM Jul 31st 2015
My understanding is that Ed Greenwood has repeatedly denied that Elminster is him, in one Dragon piece saying that if he was going to pick an avatar from all the characters he created, it would be someone saner and safer to be or be around.
06:30:46 PM Apr 20th 2015
Why were all the examples removed?
11:05:07 PM Apr 20th 2015
Data Vampires attacked. Drove them back off.
01:50:09 PM Apr 21st 2015
There's a problem with the wicks. Some works (or maybe even all of them, I only checked a few) are on here, but on their related pages, Author Avatar still isn't listed. For example, there's a link to Matthew Santoro on here, but if you check the list of articles Matthew Santoro is listed on (see here), it doesn't have Author Avatar.
02:40:29 PM Apr 21st 2015
It's lack of Crosswicking, which for now has to be corrected manually.
01:07:44 PM Dec 20th 2013
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Anyone else feel that the Doctor Who entry is incredibly tenuous, or an Alternative Character Interpretation at BEST? Much as I don't believe the Doctor was asexual up until McGann, romantic and "sexy" Doctors (in the way McGann and Tennant were) weren't even a thing when Russell was growing up on the show. From what I can recall, his first Doctor was either Hartnell or Troughton. It feels like a shoehorned "lol Russell T Davies writes official fanfic" more than anything.
01:32:53 PM Dec 20th 2013
Another thing. The companion is the frigging audience surrogate. If you were a child when you first watched the show (which Davies undoubtedly was), then you WOULD have loved the idea of travelling in the TARDIS and being the Doctor's companion. Sex has absolutely nothing to do with it. At the introduction of Rose Tyler, Russell was 41 years old. Just...why.
01:43:47 PM Dec 20th 2013
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And even if there's an argument which validates Rose being "Davies in a dress", I'm not actually sure what, if any of this, has to do with the trope description of Author Avatar.

Edit: OK, removing that last sentence. The two tropes I previously mentioned seem to be self-contradictory regarding what an Author Avatar IS.
01:51:54 PM Dec 20th 2013
Removed entry:

  • The Androzani Team claimed Rose Tyler from Doctor Who was an Author Avatar of Russell T Davies, calling her 'Davies in a dress' in their review of The Stolen Earth/Journey's End. They point out Davies said he wanted to be a companion rather then the Doctor, and so his fantasy stand-in has to have sex with the Doctor no matter what.
07:04:44 AM Mar 28th 2012
The new page image isn't a very good one, considering you'd have to be a fan of Homestuck to know that's Andrew Hussie and not just some orange dude.
10:28:17 PM Jan 25th 2012
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Removed this because author avatar implies an avatar of the author or authors, not of an entire culture:

  • The Iliad and The Odyssey were both written several hundred years after The Trojan War, and the main characters are represented with suitably anachronistic values. The character of Odysseus is meant to represent the 'modern', sophisticated, archaic-period Greeks who were writing down the myths for the first time.

Also, I'm removing the example which consists entirely of the name "Jesus!" because it has no context or explanation, and Jesus did not write the Bible.
11:54:19 AM Jun 23rd 2013
To believer God is the ultimate Author of The Bible.

Probably a more standard example of this Trope in The Bible would be John in both his Gospel and Revelation. And the 2 scenes in mark that are possibly Mark cameos.
10:22:01 AM Feb 8th 2011
Removed from the main page:

  • I found Cussler's self-inserts in his books to be so blatant, jarring, ham-handed and unnecessary that I actually stopped reading the second book in which I encountered it—as in, groaned out loud and closed the book—and never had any interest in reading any book of his again. It was that bad. The word "gratuitous" comes to mind but isn't strong enough.

While I may agree with you, the main page is no place to put first-person rants. ^_^ If you really feel so strongly, perhaps a review is in order?
07:29:45 PM Apr 5th 2010
Since the majority of examples on the page are of raissoneurs I propose the non-raissoneur examples be removed and this page renamed with a new description dedicated to only raissoneurs.

I am not chumbawumba.
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