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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-09-12 06:38
Subject: [links] Minisalad
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Mary Sue Litmus Test — Courtesy of Nina Kiriki Hoffman.

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-09-12 15:30 (UTC)
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She's a very nice lady, as well as being very friendly and approachable. I'd be happy to introduce you the next time she's in Portland.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2007-09-12 15:55 (UTC)
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Hmm. I'm going to have to take exception to the Mary Sue test. I tried it out on Caprice Starr. (Ken Shardik is beyond a doubt a Mary Sue, which is why I don't write much about him anymore, much to my fans' dismay. In fact, writing "my fans" makes me itch to the point where I'm tempted to adopt Raymond Chandler's motto: "I don't have fans. I have customers.")

There's a backstory event that makes the entire "Character, part 1" section light up, but that's entirely from the first principles of the story. So I went back and tried it again: Gregorr Vorbarra and Miles Vorkosigan would both be "Mary Sues" under those rules, but Honor Harrington would not. That tells me something's wrong with the test.
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jeffsoesbe
User: jeffsoesbe
Date: 2007-09-12 20:18 (UTC)
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Wikipedia has a nice article on "Mary Sue", for those folks (like me) who weren't quite sure what a "Mary Sue" was...


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