Excessive Backgrounds? Really now?Ok I understand some authors find it creative and distinctive to give his/her FC/OC some background information. But seriously, there's a difference between background and oh so much past that basically is a history lesson. I know some people out there either care or not of an OC's background but if you must, for crying out loud don't put so much historical background into a character. 1. That could bore the reader 2. Where's the fun in reading about a character's past when it could be simply a fanfiction to entertain readers of what WILL happen? & 3. The excessive backgrounds won't make your character original as you think. An example: (insert name) was abused by his/her parents for so long he/she can no longer trust anyone that he/she interacts with. He/she couldn't take the abuse anymore and ran away to a place called Ponyville and met with... And that's also another subject I must discuss:making backgrounds make sense with what fandom you're into. Like the contrast of terrible pastExcessive Backgrounds? Really now?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Mary Sue guide(FIRST OFF:THIS IS IN GOSSIP BECAUSE THIS IS THE CLOSEST THING I CAN FIND FOR THIS!)Mary Sue guide11 months ago in Gossip More Like This
Okay, this is just a guide for people who are new to RP, it's about these characters called Mary-Sues, I just want to tell people what they are, who they are, and stuff like that....
I:WHAT IS A MARY SUE?
A Mary Sue is a character who is perfect in every way, in every positive character trait (Hot, Powerful, Smart, etc), they have no cons. And they usually are related to a canon character (Such as sibling, BFF, married, etc), they are usually known to have a tragic past that is boring and generic and sometimes just flat out gross (Family slaughtered as a toddler, rape victim, village destroyed, last person of a clan, this list goes on and on.), but this character is always so hunky-funky happy as always, they pretty much have a generic backstory as Sasuke (Except Sasuke's backstory was put out well and detailed), this character is always overpowered, and just not intresting to fight. Because they have
More Anti Mary Sue Guides?The previous blog entry caused quite a lot conversation... so! What about putting there some more Anti Mary Sue tutorials (or tutorials more or less close to it), to show different angles to the Mary Sue issue?More Anti Mary Sue Guides?10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Here is some:
- My own Anti Mary Sue tutorial (aka my ranting about what is a Sue in my opinion)
- How to Evade Making a Mary Sue by GreySidewinder (nicely defined typical different aspects of being a sue)
- Addi vs Addi by Addi-Pink-Power (comparison of a decent OC and a Sue made of her, props for "embarrassing moments" section!)
- Character C
Acceptable Breaks from CanonOne of the characteristics of a Mary sue is that her presence in any given story disrupts how it plays out, so everything can accomodate her actions at the expense of conflict or suspense. Basically the events of the story always get solved to the benefit of the sue, be it by her hand or indirectly.Acceptable Breaks from Canon3 months ago in Personal More Like This
This is specially troublesome in fan-stories, where the rules of the game are already laid down unless the original author changes them somehow. When the rules are broken by a fan character, it is surely on its way to sueness, right?
Well, what when they're not?
What happens when the rules of canon are so vague, inconsistant, or plain badly laid that breaking them is acceptable, or actually an improvement?
People get pissed when a character breaks canon rules, with or without adequate explanation, and often this is reason to label them as sues.
But let's reflex about it for a moment.
Take for instance (If you're kind of aware at least) the Naruto fandom. I've been fan of that series for a f
Creating the Truly Original Original CharacterHello, I am SarahJuneBug, a hobbyist writer of fiction and enthusiast of art. I'm here to offer you tips on creating a truly original "original character," whether it be a fan character or your own series character. This will be divided up into sections bolded for ease of information.Creating the Truly Original Original Character2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
What's in a Name?
Ah, yes. What to name your character. First things first, long names that are cliched/uncommon in the character's century/country/not even a word. Believable, preferably common names are more down-to-earth and relative to the audience. There are instances of exceptions to this rule (how many people have you known with a funky name?) but unles
Homestuck and Fantroll Mary Sues.Ok guys this was bound to happen at some point or another, someone bringing up mary sue fantrolls in Homestuck.Homestuck and Fantroll Mary Sues.5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Now I'm not hear to bash anyone's if they have all ready made them but I just want to go over some few rules when deciding to make a fantroll.
1. Blood Color: You can not be a black blood or a white blood along with rainbow and pink. All of the colors don't exist on the Hemospectrum at all no exceptions what so ever. With pink its because its higher then the Condenscene which is impossible and in which case as soon as that type of troll would even wiggle out of the breeding caverns or got to a mature age it would be culled instantly with a snap of her fingers. Another color I should add on there is lime green blood, from what I recall and remember that color is extinction and has been for a very long time.
2. Horns: They can not resemble or look like the ones that are cannon, and I don't care if your fantroll has the zodiac for your creation its a NO. You must create your fan
Sue traits or "Sue" traits?As I have browsed Mary Sue tests, I've encountered some interesting claimed characteristics of being a Sue. Some of these were, for example:Sue traits or "Sue" traits?10 months ago in Personal More Like This
- Having red/blond hair (a test I can't remember)
- Wearing only black clothes (a few tests)
- Hiding blades inside your clothes just because they might come handy (the Universal ary Sue Litmus Test)
- Sharing ANY similar beliefs with you (even if it's something sane and normal like "war is a bad thing") (the Universal ary Sue Litmus Test, among others)
- Wearing simple or comfortable clothes (a FMA Mary Sue test)
- Being associated with wolves (many tests)
I understand that many Sue-ish characters may have this kind of traits, but I don't get how they actually make a character more Sue-ish. Okay, they make the character a bit more exotic, but... that Sue-ish? C'mon.
(Those tests I mentioned are not bad tests, though. They just have a couple of funny questions.)
1. Do you know other similar "Mary Sue" traits -- aka traits you
Can your character be sexy without being a Sue?I am not exactly sure if this topic was made in the past or not, I don't really remember any being made, so if it WAS made, please forgive me.Can your character be sexy without being a Sue?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Anyway, I thought this would be a good topic to discuss because this is something pretty common we see in a lot of Sues, especially for those suethors who usually see their OC as a wish fulfillment of themselves, and what some people want? To look real attractive in order for many men, women, or whatever to fawn over them. For that, I see a lot of Sues who were born with gigantic breasts, and tiny waists, ect, ect.
My question is this: Can a character--be it fan made or original--be sexy? Or good looking without having be called a Sue for it? Can they have a perfect body without it counting as a Sue trait? Or is all of it nothing but fan-service?
What are your thoughts on it?
A little insight on self inserts.Self inserts can be good or bad. So please don't get the wrong damn idea. I never said all self inserts are bad.A little insight on self inserts.6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Anyway that's not the point here. Some people seem to think that a self insert is always exactly or VERY close to how the creator is. That isn't always true.
[I previously wrote this somewhere else but I'll post it here too]
The thing about some self inserts is they sometimes don't look or seem too much like the creator at all. But that's the point. Emotionally, the character IS them but with features and additions that the creator WISHES she or he had. So basically they're self inserts as well as wish fulfillments. A greater more preferred version of themselves. Often in the cases of canon x oc, (Or just plain out character inserting) they are altered and changed so they can better worm their way into fitting (or standing out) in whatever universe they're being put in.
This isn't ALWAYS the case but I believe it's a common thing in Mary Sues, especially Sues that are paired
Badly written anime/mangaThere's hundreds of animes and mangas out there. But which ones are the worst written? Sometimes you can't tell how badly something is written until you really sit down and think about it.Badly written anime/manga2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Give valid points/explainations/reasons for your answers. Don't just say "NARUTO SUCKS BECAUSE SASUKE IS A BAD CHARACTER AND IT'S ALL ABOUT HIM AND---"
How Not To Get A Mary SueX-x-X-x-X-x-X How to Create A Well balanced Female Lead X-x-X-x-X-x-XHow Not To Get A Mary Sue2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
For most people, the problems that people will have with a character is the lack of balance they might have.
Mary-Sues are the most popular characters that exemplify this.
Mary Sues are characters that have more good traits than flaws and therefore look perfect for the audience. That can include all sorta of aspects in the character 'life'.
1) You have over-powered Mary-sues who can defeat any and every opponent and therefore are respected and awed by everyone.
2) Realtionship-Sues who are so much of the woman that every man who meets her is obviously struck with lov
Mary-Sue: Part 8Mary-Sues: Romeo and Gertrude?Mary-Sue: Part 810 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
"Names. What's in a name, really? I mean, besides a bunch of letters or sounds strung together to make a word. Does a rose by any other name really smell as sweet? Would the most famous love story in the world be as poignant if it was called Romeo and Gertrude? Why is what we call ourselves so important?" (Julie Kagawa).
I'll answer that question with another quote:
"I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage" (L.M. Montgomery).
How to Be a Likeable Female Character1. Have a sense of humor.How to Be a Likeable Female Character10 months ago in Philosophical More Like This
2. Learn to do some things for yourself; don't just sit around and expect someone else to handle all the work.
3. Have a listening ear and a sympathetic heart.
4. Dream about true love, but at the same time know how to care for yourself.
5. If you do find love, love him for who he is, not for what you want him to be.
6. Never be controlling or manipulative.
7. Never let anyone push you around.
8. Cry when necessary, but don't get carried away.
9. Always stand by those whom you truly care about.
10. Don't be so serious that you forget to have fun, but don't have so much fun that you forget to be serious.
How to Avoid Creating a Mary Sue TutorialHiya!How to Avoid Creating a Mary Sue Tutorial3 years ago in Writing More Like This
While reading manymanymany fan fictions and original stories with varying levels, it popped into my mind a few tricks to decrease the Mary Sue aspects from characters. I've sorted the tricks to different categories, hope they are useful! The categories are,
- What is a Mary Sue anyway? And why people create them?
- Before creating him/her, aka General attitude
- When creating him/her
- When writing about him/her
- Notes about fan characters
- Notes about original characters
- Links to other Anti Mary Sue tutorials
Most the tricks I've mentioned in this guide are good to remember all the time. However, the tricks I've marked wit
Tragic PastsTragic pasts are commonly found in Mary Sues. But that doesn't mean tragic past = mary sue. Surley there's more to it.Tragic Pasts2 months ago in Personal More Like This
In your opinion, what are good ways to go about tragic past stories and bad ways to go about tragic past stories? And I don't mean only the actual tragic past itself but also the character as they are now as a result.