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1-16-2011 @ 10:40PM
As a wannabe-author, gotta agree. My own summary and complete go-to rule for deciding a Sue is this one line-"If the character bends the spoken and/or unspoken rules of the universe their inhabit for their own benefit on a consistent basis, they are a Sue."Too-perfect? No human creature (and by the logical flow, humanOID creature) is perfect. It's impossible. Grats, your character is bending the laws. The is more obvious when a character is placed into a world full of characters with flaws. Attracts everyone around them? Um, just from the description I'm not attracted, and every human creature has their own tastes with some lines of similarity. So yeah, not everyone is gonna be bowled over by your sparkling beauty.A half-fay/Artha's child/Tyrande's child hybrid? Shouldn't exist according to the rules of the universe, so you are breaking the unviverses' rules every time you log on.Bella is a great example of this for a book Sue. She exists in a world that for all intents and purposes, is ours. The only exceptions are that vampires and werewolves exist. Yet, she attracts every man, is the envy of every woman, and by the end of the novels breaks a boatload of previously declared absolutes within the novel itself. (Has a half-vampire child naturally, does not have the newborn hunter crazy blood-lust, etc.) Ergo, Sue.When a author seeks to bend or break the rules of the universe the character is in, whether a previously made universe or a new one made by that author, then it's a Sue. Because the only reason you do it is because that character is your author's darling/self-insert/ego-stroking tool, which is what most Sue's are. I have never seen a person consistently bend or break the rules for a character who wasn't fulfilling one of these roles, and that wasn't a Sue.
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