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#5288

indigograce
Participant

Holy crap! My hero just scored a 50! WTF????
He is not a brooding anti-hero angel/vampire/ fill-in-the-blank fantasy hero (no offense intended to those who write that genre – but the whole quiz was about that or some form of anime/manga). Nor is he the typical rich power businessman or cowboy ala Harlequin. He’s old for crying out loud, much older than typical romance heroes are nowadays… but things that are relevant to his profession – Air Force Spec-Ops Colonel… are pushing him into that realm. And of course he’s good looking… who wants to fall in love the pudgy balding guy who does their taxes…. unless he can get you a REALLY good tax break?? That’s real life and we read to escape it.
My female MC, I totally get… she’s a member of an elite special ops unit… women don’t do this job that we know of (and of course she’s beautiful – again with the ‘not real life’) so inherently she’s a Mary-Sue because she’s got to have mad skills. What makes her interesting is that she totally fails at her personal relationships plus she has PTSD.

I took the point of the majority of the quiz to red flag those writers out there who write to insert some awesome version of themselves into a story where they have control over the universe. While I think its true that every character we develop has some piece of ourselves in them (it’s basic psychology), we should NEVER create a character that is a mere reflection of what we wish to be. Though that might make an interesting story : down on his/her luck comic book writer creates a Mary-Sue version of himself in his story but then somehow he’s magically transported into the universe and has to use the powers he created to survive but fails miserable because it’s all a facade.

Am I stereotyping here… maybe i’m just bitter about the 50…