More on the Mary-Sue and the Marty-Stu and How Not to Create One

If an author is fretting about having created a Mary-Sue or Marty-Stu, then the chances are probably that she or he hasn’t. The attitude of a writer who has created a Mary-Sue is generally one of uncritical indulgence, like a bad parent. That type of unreflective writer can’t see why anyone could fail to admire his/her marvellous character. After all, s/he’s been given any number of outstanding traits, hasn’t s/he?  She or he has been given all sorts of opportunities to glow (but has s/he been given any opportunities to grow?).

Classic Writers and Everyday Life in the Historical UK

I always find it interesting how through reading fiction written by authors at about the time that the story is set, or shortly afterwards, you can get authentic background detail about various aspects of everyday life. This varies as to the social position of the author, of course, and how far he or she is … Continue reading Classic Writers and Everyday Life in the Historical UK

Reblogged from my Archives: The Gary-Stu or Marty-Stu; Neglected Compared to the Mary-Sue.

  I wrote a longish post about research for historical novels and changing opinions on 'facts' in history, and guess what - my PC has eaten it. It is 'irretrievable'.  Ironically, part of the post metioned the frustration of wasting hours carrying out fruitless research on topics where nobody can give you anything but the … Continue reading Reblogged from my Archives: The Gary-Stu or Marty-Stu; Neglected Compared to the Mary-Sue.

Reblogged from my Archieves: The Gary-Stu or Marty-Stu; Neglected Compared to the Mary-Sue.

  I wrote a longish post about research for historical novels and changing opinions on 'facts' in history, and guess what - my PC has eaten it. It is 'irretrievable'.  Ironically, part of the post metioned the frustration of wasting hours carrying out fruitless research on topics where nobody can give you anything but the … Continue reading Reblogged from my Archieves: The Gary-Stu or Marty-Stu; Neglected Compared to the Mary-Sue.

The Marty Stu or Gary Stu – Neglected Compared to the Mary Sue

I’ve been looking for discussions about the male equivalent of characters defined as Mary Sue’s online, and what interests me is how few posts there are about Gary Stus and Marty Stus,and how few male characters are defined in this way. In fact, I read a blog which, while admitting that there are few Gary … Continue reading The Marty Stu or Gary Stu – Neglected Compared to the Mary Sue

The Mary Sue: What Exactly Makes a Female Character a Mary Sue?

'Which of you dared to call me a Mary Sue?' A couple of years ago I read a story by an author (traditionally published) whom I generally admire. This story was fast moving, with a well thought out, tightly constructed plot;  the heroine was independent minded, and never relied on a man to sort out … Continue reading The Mary Sue: What Exactly Makes a Female Character a Mary Sue?