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1-17-2011 @ 12:30PM
@ Haro (sorta)First, I'm going to apply Mary Sue-ism to all major works instead of just limiting it to fanfiction. Those of us who read narrative a lot almost have to in order to better identify bad character design. It's just too juicy a descriptive to pass up.Clumsy can be a good flaw, but adding flaws to a Mary Sue just makes them a Mary Sue with flaws. It's like having a Zoolander character who's only flaw is being ridiculously good looking. Lets take a look at one of the best Mary Sue's in popular literature at this time.Bella Swan. The only (intended) flaw or negative characteristic her author really gave to her was... being clumsy. But she's still a Sue through and through simply because the entire world revolves around her character for no good reason. She just trips once in a while, and it adds nothing to anything. I would like to refer you to here for my favorite tips for avoiding the Sue Blues: http://droemar.deviantart.com/journal/31026231
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