I'm not much of a stamp person, but this one needed to be made.
Before people ask, here is my problem: Everyone has a different definition of 'Mary Sue'. Some will say it's a flat or boring character, some will say it's an overly-perfect character, some will say it's a character who draws too much attention to themselves, or any combination of those. I'm sick of seeing people critique someone else's work by blurting out "MARY SUE" without justifying their answer. Simply disliking a character doesn't make them bad.
Instead, people should try to use words you can actually find in the dictionary- words that mean something consistent. Critique is for helping
, not insulting
And no, I'm not saying people should stop using the word altogether. I'm mainly talking about literary criticism here.
Also! Every time you link an unsuspecting writer to the Mary Sue Litmus Test, a puppy dies. So stop it.
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