Reviews for Of Mary Sues and Critics
Kay Iscah chapter 1 . 5/28/2013
I'd always been told that a Mary Sue (and her brother Gary Stew) was a self-insertion. The connotation being a sloppy or poorly written one.

I don't disagree with your symptoms list, but I thought it interesting to see that element left out.
Lolitroy chapter 3 . 5/26/2013
Hehe, I'm not good at reviewing essays, so that kind of explaiins my marvelous past review. Anywa, I love your writing style! So catchy!

I'm lovig this essay so far :3
Lolitroy chapter 1 . 5/26/2013
Brilliant prose!
Order and Chaos - Qui Iudicant chapter 3 . 5/24/2013
Impressive. I'll be following this one to help better my own writing, though I have many other resources. But it helps that there are more out there to help. :)
AaylaKit chapter 3 . 2/23/2013
My main problem with the abuse element in stories is that it is often horribly insulting to those who have actually received abuse. In the stories, abuse is flatly portrayed as merely an excuse for a character to receive angst- filled comfort from another.
KayMacD chapter 3 . 1/20/2013
Okay. Thank you. Actual SOLUTIONS.
I honestly don't think I have a Mary Sue in my stories, but there's no reason for me to believe I won't ever write another story with one. And you give incredibly good, well thought out points. "The cliche should submit to the rules of your story and plot, not the other way around." THAT is gold. I wish someone had told me that years ago.
I just keep seeing my writing past in your essay. Everything I've experienced and wrote about is here, and everything you're saying are the things I've discovered on accident and have helped me come out of the Mary Sue hole I didn't even know I was in. But the thing is, if you don't completely understand why Mary Sues exist, you can't prevent them. No matter how much you want to. So I really, REALLY want you to update and finish this story, because I REALLY want to read the rest. :)
Coralline Slayer chapter 3 . 11/29/2012
I was reading the last chappie and when it said about the main character becoming a cool species, my reaction was 'oh crap!'
My main character SPOILER FOR ANYONE WHO'S READING LIGIO becomes le different being. But she was partially a different being from the start and it's a species I made up. Does that make it less bad?
Anyway, both your new chapters are cool and I can't wait for the next one!
Guest chapter 1 . 11/25/2012
I do hope you update soon. This essay on a Mary Sue seems like it will be quite interesting from this first chapter. You have brought up an interesting subject with Flamers and how they don't actually help with how to avoid a Mary Sue, but seem to just brashly jump in and start abusing the author. You've also have a definition of Mary Sues that is actually very accurate that I can actually use than just "she's too perfect!" Though I do believe coming up with a definition for Mary Sues are very much opinionated. I myself believe with she is just too unbelievable, has very little development with her character, and cannot connect with the readers.
Petra Arkanian chapter 2 . 11/25/2012
I've noticed that a lot of the characters that fall flat to me are the ones that have poor motivations. The idea can be new and clever and really exciting, but if the character has a lame or unbelievable motivation, they become a Sue as I'm reading. Will you be covering motivation in this essay?

Really good so far, by the way
leontopithecusrosalia chapter 1 . 11/24/2012
I'm currently creating a character, and I'm working hard to make sure she isn't either a Mary Sue or an Anti-Sue.

Your definition of a Mary Sue is spot on, and I cannot wait to see the rest of your essay.

Really nice language control and the text flowed nicely.

Keep up the great work!
Coralline Slayer chapter 1 . 11/24/2012
Since in the past I've regularly been concerned about my characters being Sues, I'm really interested in this essay. I like your definition of a Mary Sue; another thing about her is that she's usually the victim of several cliches. Hope you update soon!