A Guide to Successful Publishings
Part Two - The Characters
Mary-Sues and Gary-Stus
Section four: Mary-Sues/Gary-Stus! The section we've all been waiting for, at least this author was.
On towards the topic. First, we shall have a discussion on what is a Mary-Sue/Gary-Stu in the first place.
A Mary-Sue is a female character who is flawless and their complex personalities weaken the story. Mary-Sues often have a horrible background (for example, they were abused by their parents). Mary-Sues are generally beautiful and breathtakingly gorgeous, capturing the sight of any boy she wishes to be with. And last, but not least, Mary-Sues are written by amateur authors, who are - most of the time - naïve twelve-year-olds.
Gary-Stus are a male version of Mary-Sues.
So, first of all, this author will try to have a little fun with this topic . . .
How to Create a Mary-Sue
A Section Within a Section
Welcome! This is the first 'Section Within a Section' . . . beware of many more to come in the near future!
In this first Section Within A Section, which will from here on out be called 'SWAS', we will be creating your very own Mary-Sue! All you need is . . . you! Yes, cheesy.
How to Create a Mary-Sue
Step One - Provide a reply for each of the following topics -
- A nature reference
- Exotic color
- A color with an interesting name (a.k.a. another exotic color)
- A flower
- A gem/jewel
- A complex name you have never heard before, but is nonetheless extremely beautiful upon hearing
Here is this author's reply -
- A nature reference - Autumn
- Exotic color - Crimson
- A color with an interesting name (a.k.a. another exotic color) - Carnelian
- A flower - Crisanta
- A gem/jewel - Amethyst
- A complex, long name you have never heard before, but is nonetheless extremely beautiful upon hearing - Miraniladine
Now, take your answers and put them in a line - Autumn Crimson Carnelian Crisanta Amethyst Miraniladine. It may seem long, but that's a Mary-Sue for you . . .
Step One Result - Autumn Crimson Carnelian Crisanta Amethyst Miraniladine
Step Two - Change all i's in the name to y's.
So, if we do this step correctly, Autumn Crimson Carnelian Crisanta Amethyst Miraniladine (thank god for copy-and-paste!) would be Autumn Crymson Carnelyan Crysanta Amethyst Myranyladyne. Beautiful!
Step Two Result - Autumn Crymson Carnelyan Crysanta Amethyst Myranyladyne
Step Three - Insert random apostrophes in the name.
Do what this step says! Insert totally random apostrophes - at least one in each part of her full name - in your Mary-Sue's name. This author's result is Autu'mn C'rymson Carnel'yan Cr'ysanta Amet'hyst Myran'yladyne. Gorgeous!
Step Three Result - Autu'mn C'rymson Carnel'yan Cr'ysanta Amet'hyst Myran'yladyne
Step Four - If you have an n or an m in the name, double it (except for if it's at the beginning of the name)! For example, Miranda would be Mirannda - no double m's because the first letter of 'Miranda' is an m.
So, Autu'mn C'rymson Carnel'yan Cr'ysanta Amet'hyst Myran'yladyne would be Autu'mmnn C'rymmsonn Carnnel'yann Cr'ysannta Ammet'hyst Myrann'yladynne. Absolutely stunning!
Step Four Result - Autu'mmnn C'rymmsonn Carnnel'yann Cr'ysannta Ammet'hyst Myrann'yladynne
Step Five - Add 'Silver' in the name anywhere, and add an apostrophe in the word 'Silver', wherever you desire for the apostrophe to be.
Last step, but certainly not the least. 'Silver' makes a huge impact on the name! It makes it seem even more beautiful, if that's even possible . . .
Let's see . . . the outcome of this step is Autu'mmnn C'rymmsonn Carnnel'yann Cr'ysannta Sil'ver Ammet'hyst Myrann'yladynne.
Oh, yes! Don't forget to change the i in silver to a y! So . . . Autu'mmnn C'rymm'sonn Carnnel'yann Cr'ysannta Syl'ver Ammet'hyst Myrann'ylady'nne is the marvelous result of all five steps!
This Author's Final Result - Autu'mmnn C'rymm'sonn Carnnel'yann Cr'ysannta Syl'ver Ammet'hyst Myrann'ylady'nne
Congratulations! You now know how to create a wonderful name for a wonderful, beautiful, gorgeous, perfect, smart, humble, marvelous (and many others) Mary-Sue!
So . . . Autu'mmnn C'rymm'sonn Carnnel'yann Cr'ysannta Syl'ver Ammet'hyst Myrann'ylady'nne, yes? This author is extremely tired of copy-and-pasting, so let us call Autu'mmnn C'rymm'sonn Carnnel'yann Cr'ysannta Syl'ver Ammet'hyst Myrann'ylady'nne a simple 'Autumn'.
Autumn here has a beautiful name . . . as beautiful as she is imperfect! Which means, not beautiful. Now excuse me here as Autumn goes off to cry . . .
Anyway, this chapter was about Mary-Sues. Search 'Mary-Sue Quiz' and answer the questions to determine whether or not you have a Mary-Sue as a character in your story!
As we are nearing nearing the end of this section, take this quote in consideration -
"Perfect people are boring. Perfect people are obnoxious because they're better than us. Perfect people are, above all, too good to be true."
~ How NOT to Write a Novel, "Too Good To Be True"
And here is a quote provided as a look into section four, which will be another section on Mary-Sues, as they are the wreckage of the universe and we shall use all power to destroy them -
"Since it's important to write what you know, the main character will be you! But while you are a depressed, socially retarded dullard who no one will ever obviously admit to liking, your author insertion character is a fantasy, so they will be a charismatic eccentric who is unconditionally loved by everyone while he's setting their dog on fire!"
~ Yathzee, on a guide to Webcomics
Google Search - Chuck Norris can . . . (and look at Google suggestions)