Once again, Scalzi says something beautifully that’s been bugging me.
No one’s said this about any of my characters, no, but that’s because of a lack of SF. Fantasy/SciFi is outrageous with this stuff. It’s almost perverse … correction, it IS perverse.
Seriously, I’m waiting for the day Bilbo Baggins is routinely accused of being a Mary Sue.
- Martin Freeman talks Bilbo Baggins at Hobbit premiere (itv.com)
- John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War is Coming to SyFy! (tor.com)
- The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: John Scalzi (Part One) (tor.com)
- Publishing: Not a Zero-Sum Game (whatever.scalzi.com)
- Has science fiction lost the plot? (metafilter.com)
When Mary and I were doing the Q & A portion of our Borderlands Books appearance, I went off the ranch a bit and kvetched about one of my pet peeves concerning science fiction reviewers, which is the assumption that any main character who is not screwed-up is somehow automatically a Mary Sue wish fulfillment character for the writer… or perhaps more accurately that my main characters are Mary Sues for me. Rather than recreate the kvetch, let me transcribe it here, edited slightly so you don’t get every stutter and “uh”:
Forgive me father, for I have sinned, I have been reading my reviews. And there’s one thing that just always pisses me off, and that it is that when they mention characters, they say, well his main character is fine and blah blah blah but it’s really just a Mary Sue character. And it just drives…
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