Spicytacos, 2012, “Love is War Commentary”, Fanfiction.net, 17 April, https://www.fanfiction.net/r/8376387/
I’m going to go and have to reply to Batgirl69’s comment. I have heard a few complaints of people calling “Mary Sue” a sexist derogatory term and it, to me, is one of those cases that is making something out of nothing. “Mary Sue” is not a sexist term just because it involves women. The majority of fanfiction is written by women, the reasons are numerous and debatable. “Mary Sue” refers to a female main character whom everyone loves, kicks an unrealistic amount of ass, and resembles way too much of the author. In other words, it’s who the author wishes the world would see them as. At its core, there’s nothing wrong with it but when it comes down to basic plot and character requirements, it is a major sin. Does the gender matter in this case? Of course not. That is why the term “Gary Sue” also exists. Why it’s not heard of as often is simply the case of fewer male fanfiction writers. It is not the case of thinking it’s ridiculous that female characters can be so awesome; it’s the case of it being ridiculous that any gendered character can be so awesome. Your Harry Potter comment, how he is too perfect and everyone likes him, is actually not that bad of a point. To be honest, if you ask somebody who their favorite Harry Potter character is, chances are they won’t say Harry Potter. He is the most flawless character in the books (the most flawless character in the movies is Hermione starting at Prisoner of Azkaban) he gains depth and problems as the story progresses. He is on the verge of being a Gary Sue, I’ll give you that, but it is nothing compared to this Caroline character. What gives away this Mary Sue is the overly detailed description of her looks, the outright fact of everybody liking her, and the Weasley twins (the author’s favorite characters) being madly in love with her. This is not relatable to anyone (if it is relatable to anyone, I’d definitely like to meet that person). The audience cannot relate to somebody so flawless because they don’t know how it is to have everyone like them or to have many people’s favorite characters to be in love with them. Suddenly, there’s this distance between the audience and the main character that takes away from the literary power the author is trying to invoke. The funny thing about Mary Sue characters is that their personality seems to parallel with the author’s. In other words, the supporting characters change their opinions to like Mary Sue; the Mary Sue does not become somebody that everyone else would like. This garbage that can barely be defined as fanfiction stars an obnoxious, sarcastic, boy-crazy character that’s both immoral and not charming yet she is incredibly popular. Based on the author’s notes before and after each chapter, I can only assume that she and Caroline have about the same personalities. It’s evident that the author sees nothing potentially rude about the character because she is not good at self-evaluating. She does, however, include the fact that she donates to charity just so people can say “oh she must be a good person then!” The rest of her identity mirrors Harry Potter in obvious ways: she has special secret powers, Snape doesn’t like her, she’s an orphan, and she’s inexplicably good at Quidditch. This would be just as badly written if it came from a male author with a male main character. Sexism has nothing to do with it. Our society lives in such a progressive world that it’s taken out of hand sometimes. Offense is often received out of nowhere because we’re taught that society is so closed minded that chances are something prejudicial is always being said. I get jumped on all the time for apparently being sexist or racist when by all means I am not. Just because fanfiction is dominated by women, doesn’t mean anything criticizing it is sexist. It’s like somebody joking about congress being a bunch of liars and then someone else jumping on them saying, “Hey! That’s sexist, you female chauvinist!” just because that organization is male dominated. Ludicrous, right? Although many feminazis (not to be confused with feminists) believe that every problem in our world has to do with gender prejudice, it is in fact, not always the case. The term “Mary Sue” comes specifically from a woman creating an unrealistic character in Star Trek fanfiction. If a man were to start the trend, it would be the same outcome with a different name. Let us put this behind us and admit that no matter what gender this specific fanfiction came from, it’s a pile of steaming garbage that stars a Mary Sue. Personally, however, I believe this is a trolling author who simply wanted to rile you guys and girls up.