Thoughts on Good Ol’ Mary Sue


Synopsis: The discussion of what turns an original character, added into a work of fan fiction, into a “Mary Sue” has gone on for years. Here’s my contribution from 2003.

Category: Non-Fiction

Number of Chapters: 1

Net Word Count: 980

Total Word Count: 1,170

Article Length: Flash Fiction

First Posted: August 22, 2003

Last Updated: August 22, 2003

Status: Complete


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I hate stories where they give the female lead large breasts, for o real reason, especially Mary Sues, as a 36GG, large breasts are an inconvenience, and no one with breasts that large can run or jump across rooftops comfortably, you just can’t.


Very well said. I’ve always shied away from creating an OC because I feel I’d fall into the Mary Sue abyss. It certainly is a fine line.

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