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December 7th, 2005


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02:09 pm - Mary Sue?
Oh, my, there's a quote:

"'You know, when you stop and think about it… Cthulhu is a bit a Mary Sue isn’t he?'"

second definition of Mary Sue

I found that quote on Errant Story, one of my favourite webcomics. I laughed so damn hard I hurt. I'm still hurting. Oh, the pain!

I know a lot of fan-fic writers, and found this "Mary Sue Litmus Test", as well as this similar one, to be amusingly useful, and probably a good wakeup call. . . Because I know a lot of my favourite characters from various fantasy novels would score high on this thing.

But really, the idea that authors need to take a good, hard look at their characters and think about the character a lot more would make a lot of writing a hell of a lot more interesting.

On a personal note, I realized that there are some places, some things where I simply need to start over. I'm not quite sure how to do that quite yet, but I'd like to try that. I was just thinking that it might be a good bet to simply start at the beginning with everybody, and everything.

There's so much I love in this life, and I need it to be shiny and new again.
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From:las
Date:December 7th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Y'know, I had never heard the term Mary Sue before ... thanks!
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From:las
Date:December 7th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I got it from 0olong
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From:anivair
Date:December 7th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
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I got a six on an NPC I just made up for my werewolf game. I'll admit, I lost points in the category "does the character posess skills you wish you had" but let's face it, if you had the opportunity to add "skilled werewolf hunter" to your list of talents, wouldn't you? I sure would. it's always useful info to have.
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From:unnamed525
Date:December 7th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
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I don't really see how Cthulhu is a Mary Sue.
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From:singingwren
Date:December 7th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
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Mary Sue or not, Cthulu is bad for you.

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From:chronarchy
Date:December 7th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
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I disagree. The Food Pyramid includes 3-2 servings of tentacly goodness daily, young lady. I suggest you get with the program.
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From:las
Date:December 7th, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Can we substitute noodly goodness? Could Flying Spaghetti Monster take Cthulhu in noodle-to-tentacle combat?
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 7th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
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It would be a battle to watch, a clash of titans!

Though I think I'd just hide while those two worked it out amongst themselves. . .
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From:singingwren
Date:December 7th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
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The FSM would lose.

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From:las
Date:December 7th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
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What if pirates were involved? ALL the pirates? Arr!
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From:singingwren
Date:December 7th, 2005 10:23 pm (UTC)
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An epic battle between pirates and shoggoths.

There's something I hope to never live to see...
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 7th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
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I'm totally selling front-row seats!
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From:singingwren
Date:December 7th, 2005 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Oh sure, the FOOD Pyramid.

Is that what they're calling the one-eyed pyramid with the rays coming out of it nowadays?
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From:nontacitare
Date:December 7th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Maybe it's the circles I run in, but Cthulu is so a Mary Sue.
(It's actually rather frightening how many people I know who wish to emulate him/it.)
From:ceolnamara
Date:December 7th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
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The story I'm writing right now - the main character has all of my worst traits. Well, not all of them. But some of my worst traits are really fun to write.
From:mmefrufru
Date:December 7th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm. thanks for posting this. I'd never heard of this Mary Sue phenomenon before. *Sigh* And I'm supposed to be a writer!
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From:rfunk
Date:December 7th, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC)

Start over

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Start at the beginning with everybody? I'm afraid I really can't make Tuesday nights at the Ohio Union anymore.

Though I will be in Columbus a few times this month.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 7th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Start over

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I'm afraid you'll just have to try :)
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From:ariansdreams
Date:December 8th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC)
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I've started over again in life so very many times. I've never lived anywhere longer than 5 years, and I start to get restless after about 3.

I envy people who've had really longterm friendships...I know you probably don't want to hear this but...

Count your blessings! :)

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