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Mar
13
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
"violet eyes and fiery hair." This reminds me of the dragon girls from the Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris D'Lacey.
Mar
12
revised Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
Not a useful part of the question, I think.
Mar
12
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
"Embody"! That was the word I was looking for!
Mar
2
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
It makes people think Mary Sue is some a priori categorization of a character that will ruin the story just because it's there.
Feb
27
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
I think "encompass" or "cover" would have been correct. Anyway, I still consider the listing of character traits that are "considered harmful" (and treating a Mary Sue as an archetype in general, as people are wont to do) to generally be a negative thing, as people will bend over to avoid those traits and create something equally as contrived but avoiding those things. Best to get to the root of the problem if at all possible.
Feb
27
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
I've seen that page before, and it only further supports the belief that the term "Mary Sue" is nowadays much too overarching.
Feb
26
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
Not really. I was asking whether the notion of a Mary Sue really did have a unified, agreed-on meaning that I simply wasn't aware of.
Feb
26
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
(I'm sure there's a better term than "encloses". It's on the tip of my tongue, but for the love of me, I can't remember what the word is.)
Feb
26
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
I feel like this really is the most workable definition, especially with that concept of "reversed narrative causality", which encloses my "traits for the sake of traits" rather nicely.
Feb
26
accepted Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
Feb
26
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
"Most descriptions of a Mary Sue are essentially lists of character traits commonly used to prop up a Mary Sue in this manner." And if they didn't do this, maybe our definitions would be more consistent.
Feb
26
accepted Is there any merit to the term “Mary Sue”?
Feb
26
comment Is there any merit to the term “Mary Sue”?
@ShantnuTiwari, You can write that question. I think it's too far away from what I was asking here.
Feb
26
comment Is there any merit to the term “Mary Sue”?
But yeah, this topic will generate way too much discussion. Maybe we should, like, start a chatroom for this topic.
Feb
26
comment Is there any merit to the term “Mary Sue”?
Personally, I think that bolting flaws onto a character will not stop them from being "Mary Sues". In fact, bolting too many flaws on a character is also considered a signal of a Mary Sue nowadays. Hence the definition that I now use, "a character that has any traits, good or bad, that are just bolted on for the sake of being there." I find it covers most cases I find, even if I never use the term in any serious way in literary criticism.
Feb
26
comment Is there any merit to the term “Mary Sue”?
I can see why this question might not be good for the type of QA that Stack Exchange intends now.
Feb
26
comment Is there any merit to the term “Mary Sue”?
@NeilFein Okay. If that's the case, you can close the question if you wish. If I can find an acceptable rewrite, I'll use that instead.
Feb
26
asked Is there any merit to the term “Mary Sue”?
Feb
26
comment Is there any standardized definition of a “Mary Sue”?
^ Mary Sue is used for both genders, while Gary/Marty Stu is exclusively male.
Feb
26
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