Writer's Tip: Mary Sue'sMary Sue. It’s the phrase that makes nearly every writer cringe. To have a character labeled a Mary Sue is probably one of the worst feelings in the world, but why is that? What exactly is a Mary Sue?Writer's Tip: Mary Sue's17 hours ago in Writing More Like This
The term Mary Sue originated as, yah you guessed it, a character named Mary Sue in the 1973 Paula Smith story entitled “A Trekkie’s Tale”. The story was a parody fan fiction centered around a 15 year old girl who epitomized the Mary Sue term we know and dread today. She was the youngest, smartest, prettiest, most well-trained teen ever to grace the Star Trek universe. Not surprisingly, the character was so ridiculously over-done that readers could only sit back, shake their heads, and laugh over how nauseating the character was.
Now, the original Mary Sue was a parody, but what she stood for was a very real problem. Throughout fan fiction and amateur writing at the time there was a prevalent trend of young female characters often characterized by an overblown assor