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1-16-2011 @ 8:49PM
I gotta say, here, I disagree, and I think your statement misses much of the point of this article.An absolutely beautiful, charming, beloved IDIOT of a dumb-blonde isn't a Mary Sue.That Sorcerer who made a demonic pact for power- and is now ugly as SIN- that's not really a Mary Sue, to me, either.I think the character you describe still CAN be a Mary Sue, but even a single flaw can defuse the whole Mary Sue bit quite well.For me, it's all about sources of potential conflict- a perfect character will always take the right course, always know what to do to beat the bad guy, and will never look bad doing it. That's no fun. It isn't even about the number of flaws- it's about the prominence.Characters just need some balance- in fan-fic and RP- it reminds me of old Live-action role-play games, where different attributes had point values assigned to them. It costs 3 points to be superhumanly strong, for example, but if you take that attribute, you have to balance the score back to 0- by, say, having a colossal weakness in the back of your heel. XD
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