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when your friend in another country is sad:
I’m on my way
Because I just read your first chapter snark for Graceling, and I got a little worried about my own book, when is a character a Mary Sue because of her fighting skills? My MC gets very good and killing and fighting after months of training and situations where she didn't really have much choice, and at the end, it's a skill that's very close to what defines her. Idk, I don't want her to come across as a Mary Sue.
It’s not fighting skills that make a character a Sue. It’s not any set of skills that make a character a Sue. (At least, not to my definition.)
It’s…hard to pin down. It’s an attitude on the part of the narration. It’s when the character is the best at everything, experiences no foul-ups or mistakes w/ regard to said skills, and is miles ahead of the rest of the characters. It’s when everyone around them is diminished so that the text can say “Mary was unique because everyone else is a slovenly fool while she did everything right.”
It’s all about the context. If Mary is a half-elf who can fly and fights like it’s a ballet dance, but she’s in a family of half-elves and goes to ballet-fight-school where everyone does that, s’all gravey. If Mary is a half-elf etc etc, and also she’s got ninja-level sneaking skills, and also she’s super-smart, and also everyone around her trips over their own feet to provide a contrast and highlight how awesome Mary is, well, then there’s a problem.
now you have a transparent picture to drag to the inbox button to make it look like you have messages
this is the saddest thing i have ever seen
yeah, it’s so sad
it’s the old inbox button
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