An Introduction to Mary SuesI. What is a Mary Sue?
A Mary Sue is a common term that can be seen and found in any fandom. I find that a Mary Sue is usually an OC, or original character. However, there are several cases where the Mary Sue is a canon character, a character from the actual series the fandom is centered around. A Mary Sue is, simply put, a perfect, unrealistic, idealized character with too little negative flaws that can be exploitable or cause any misfortune to said character.
If your character is accused of being a Mary Sue, don't fret yet. Take a moment to analyze your character. I will type about how to identify and a step-by-step manuel about how to perform a Mary Sue Surgery. Let's first start with what kinds of Mary Sues there are before deeming if the OC you have is a Mary Sue.
II. Common Mary Sue Types
There are several types of Mary-Sues. If I try to list all of them here, this wouldn't really be an introduction to M
Mary-Sues: Part 1Mary-Sues: Things You Need to Know and What to do if you see ThemMary-Sues: Part 14 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Mary-sues, Martha-sues, Marty-stus, Larry-Stus and Gary-Stus, we will all come across them at one point. Most of us have heard of them, some have been violently accused of making them via flaming, and others are still naïve to the terms. While people who have been on writing sites for years absolutely loathe them, most are inconsistent with an all-around definition. A majority claim that Mary-Sues are characters that are absolutely perfect in every shape, form and personality, while others just say that they are characters that are just too powerful, unique, or are so clichéd from past characters, and a few say they are self-inserts no matter how well-developed they are. Some on fan fiction sites even say that all Original Characters or Fan Characters (OCs) who are paired with a canon character or just take the spotlight are Mary-Sues. On the other side of the cr
Mary-Sue: Part 8Romeo and Gertrude?Mary-Sue: Part 83 years 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).
Names, despite its seemingly simplistic role in society, do have some importance, even in fiction. So how do you name your character? Names aren’t just an arrangement of letters that sound cool or unique; they have meaning, language, and culture behind them. Names are so important, that, in r
Mary-Sues: Part 3Mary-Sues: How Much Power is Too Much Power?Mary-Sues: Part 33 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I’m sure everyone has heard that an obvious Mary-Sue is one that is too powerful, but no one has explained to me in enough detail when the line is crossed. “Oh, an original character can control all four elements? That’s way too powerful!” Since when? Since it became a clichéd idea? That idea was around since before Avatar: The Last Airbender aired on Nickelodeon. Aang, the main character in that show, along with eventually mastering all four elements, also practically came back from the dead a century later in the very first episode of the show, and no one called him a Gary-Stu (which he is not, I’m just saying that labeling a character over power is overused)! As I said in my past two guides, Mary-Sues aren’t about clichés, they’re about lack of explanation and key details that would help in their development of the cha
Mary-Sue: Part 4In a FightMary-Sue: Part 43 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
From a petty cat fight with slaps and hair pulling, to an action-packed superhero vs. super villain brawl, action scenes can start anywhere; however writing them effectively is harder than planning on who wins. It isn’t just about writing down who hit who, and if you don’t describe how a character handles the situation, you can accidentally make him or her seem stronger or even weaker than they should be. If the character seems too powerful without explanation, your audience will point the finger and label it a Mary-Sue, and you don’t want that (unless you’re purposefully writing a parody). Action scenes, whether it’s important to the overall plot or not, are an effective tool to establish your characters’ strengths and weaknesses—weakness being just as essential to highlight, if not more so, than strengths, but first, you have to know how to write a fight scene in order to know where to insert thes
Mary-Sues: Part 2Mary-Sues Part 2: How Not to Write Like Your Character is a SueMary-Sues: Part 24 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
After reading Part 1 many, many times, I decided that another part would be helpful in that extra step. In Part 1, I described what a Mary-Sue/Marty-Sue etc. are, what they are not, and how to develop a proper character, in addition some of the reasons why some Suethors would create them (more or less on accident). This second part will go into more detail and give you tips on what not to write in your story that will tip your readers off that your characters might be underdeveloped, even if the character will be developed.
MS don’t have specific physical, behavior, cliché traits, but in combination to impossible physics laws in the universe, along with underdeveloped personality especially with other characters, they come out to be boring and annoying to readers. Unlike Part 1, I failed to mention that it also depends on how the writer writes the story itself that their beloved characters can
Guide to (stereotypical) Personality ArchetypesMale:Guide to (stereotypical) Personality Archetypes1 year ago in Writing More Like This
1) The bad boy – He’s really tough, usually aloof and pushes people away. Few people actually get the “honor” of getting to know him. He usually has a secret past.
2) The adorkable dude – He’s upbeat and smiley, even though he’s just regarded as average or even a loser by the world. He has a heart of gold and is often the main hero of stories
3) The nerdy dude – Whether getting good grades is in or out, he never fails to get the GPA, do all the research, and ask questions in class. He’s usually into science or math.
4) The jock dude – He can play every sport known to man and be good at it too. He also watches sports, drinks Gatorade, and is a chick magnet for no apparent reason.
5) The weird dude – He’s usually into a lot of random nonconformist music, and believes in aliens and possibly karma. He could be completely superstitious, usually quiet.
6) The insane dude – He has this untamable force of energ
Jane the Killer Critique?For starters I'm just going to say it now: I don't know how to write a fan-made creepypasta that can scare readers into insomnia. But I do know what makes a Mary-Sue and what doesn't. Anyone who don't know Jane or Jeff..well look them up, I don't want to make this longer than it should.Jane the Killer Critique?3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
I don't particularly hate Jane, but she isn't written...in the best way. I'm putting that lightly. I'm going to give the creator of Jane my best constructive criticism. As artists and writers it's always good to step back to see what others think you can improve on. If you can't handle different opinions...don't bother showing the public in the first place. I'm going to be blunt, honest but not bash. People have opinions, it's unavoidable.
The best I can say is that a Mary-Sue (female character) is: a character that comes off as unrealistic and unbalanced. Most noticeable traits are that she's extremely beautiful, she's described as more [insert trait here] than another character, she's unstoppabl
So you want to join the dA lit community? Part IGreetings, all! WELCOME TO DEVIANTART! I'm so excited to welcome you to a community I have been a member of for going-on 8 years. I started thisSo you want to join the dA lit community? Part I2 years ago in Other More Like This
tutorial specifically because I know the literature community is difficult to find, so I wanted to create a kind of quick reference guide for writers who have just joined dA (or returned to it after a long haitus) to let people know how things work, where to go for critique, contests, help, DD suggestions, or just friendly conversation!
In this guide, I would like to talk about how to submit literature, critiques, Daily Deviations, people you should know, the literature forum, and groups.
This tutorial began life as a single article. About halfway through the first section, I realized there was no way I could fit all the information that I think is important for new members to know into a single guide without creating an impossibly-long article. So, I'll be including links to the other parts of this tutorial in the comments section at the bott
I'm Suing You: Why Do We Make Mary Sues?I'm Suing You: Why Do We Make Mary Sues?3 years ago in Writing More Like This
First of all, I freely admit that what I say isn't gospel. I am a total amateur at art and writing. I've learned everything that I know via the internet and a few drawing books. It's just that I appreciate all of the tutorials here on dA that have helped me out, and I want to put a little bit of my own methods back in.
Let me get this out of the way: I only write tutorials if I feel that I have something to add to the topic or if I feel like it's one that few people touch on. So then why on Earth am I writing about Mary Sues? Everyone's written about them! And it's true; this topic has been well-explored in countless places that it seems pointless to go over it again. Heck, you can find one of my favorite Sue-torials here (WARNING: THESE THINGS ARE HILARIOUS). I'm not even going to tell you what a
Is she Mary Sue? Clarifying Mary SueIs she Mary Sue?3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
So, I realize that everyone has heard of Mary Sue characters, but the thing that bothers me is that Mary has never really been as clarified as she could be. Girls go around crying Mary Sue at every character with long pink hair, then go and create even worse Mary Sue characters in the false illusion that they're making nonMary Sue characters (or even anti-Sues) when in fact they're doing the opposite. Allow me to explain how this seems to happen.
First of all the term "Mary Sue" desperately needs to be clarified to these people, so this brings us to the very important question: What IS a Mary Sue?
At least everyone can agree on one thing. Mary Sues are characters that are so perfect it's annoying.
But. What do they mean by perfect? Everyone has different ideas of that, naturally. Unfortunately, this is how many fanfiction (and other) writers make their biggest mistakes.
When you hear the name Mary Sue what pops up in your mind? A be
Mary-Sue: Part 10How to Write Dream and Flashback SequencesMary-Sue: Part 102 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
For once, I couldn’t find any how-to guides that I liked so I could reference off of, so I’m on my own for this, otherwise this would probably be longer and probably be more organized. This should actually tell you something: there are practically no definite rules on how to write dream or flashback sequences. There are rules telling you not to write either of sequences, but screw that! If the only reason that having dreams and flashbacks being barred in fiction because they aren’t well-written, then keep writing them and get better at it until you get the hang of it. Telling someone not to do it at all because they suck at it is just telling them to give up before they try. In some stories, dreams and flashbacks are important for different reasons.
There’s no possible way I can tell you the right or wrong way of writing dreams. Some com
Mary-Sues: Part 5Writing Realistically . . . According to the UniverseMary-Sues: Part 53 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I’m sure I’ve told you that you have to be as realistic as possible in order for your character to seem, well, real. Believable. Three dimensional. Someone who can practically pop out of your writing or comic and interact with you. The truth is that was half of an exaggeration. Yes, be real, but only as real as the universe it takes place in is. If the universe is more manga-esque or cartoony where the average female can punch a burly person sky-high, and you create a character who doesn‘t do anything of that sort, or if you as the creator think you can‘t do that, then your character can become quite plain because you‘ll restrict yourself. Basically, be as real, or as loose, as the universe is.
If you’re a person who constantly makes the, “This is totally unrealistic” comment when reading a story, especially in fan ficti
Mary-Sue: Part 9The Eye of the TigerMary-Sue: Part 92 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
In all of my previous guides, I had assumed that most, if not all characters, were human, or mostly human, instead of thinking of the possibility of main characters, or even minor characters, being animals. Well, it doesn’t really matter, because, for the most part, the rules for creating human characters, including names and powers, writing presentation, and even romance would also apply to animals. There would just be a slight variation from humans, and this slight variation can make a world of difference in your writing.
A more common complaint I’ve seen about writers who write about animals at all, is that the animals, whether they are the main character, or whether they are a human’s pet, is that the animal is “too human.” While humans are technically animals too, what this complaint is really trying to say is that the animal has too many human-like qualities from having a voice to feeling human-