Member Since: 08/01/10
Membership status: Member
Bio: The fic I've posted was written WAY back in 2001, prior to the movie even coming out. I was 16, and in high school at the time, so I'll admit, the characterizations and writing is probably childish. When I have the time, I'll be re-writing it, but I currently have a full load class wise, with plenty of homework to keep my busy.
I don't really post many reviews, as I have been reading fan fiction for years. I don't bother replying much any more, because not much inspires me to. It takes something very good, or very bad for me to reply. The few great stories I found here, were before I had a confirmed account, so they aren't signed.
I also noticed I'm one of the few brave enough to post non-anonymous reviews here. I don't know where you got the idea that all reviews should be positive. That's never been the way these things work, nor should it. If your story sucks, you deserve to know. And Mary Sue's ARE considered the bane of fan fiction. Just Google "fan fiction Mary Sue" and see what you get. Readers HATE Mary Sue's.
As you might of guessed, I have some fan fiction pet peeves, I've developed over the years, and I know I'm not alone in my hatred of certain things:
1. Mary Sue's. What is a Mary Sue? Today "Mary Sue" carries a connotation of wish-fulfillment and is commonly associated with self-insertion (the writing of oneself into a fictional story). True self-insertion is a literal and generally undisguised representation of the author; most characters described as "Mary Sues" are not, though they are often called "proxies" for the author. The negative connotation comes from this "wish-fulfillment" implication: the "Mary Sue" is judged a poorly developed character, too perfect and lacking in realism to be interesting. Such proxy characters, critics claim, exist only because authors wish to see themselves as the "special" character in question.
The term is also associated with cliché such as exotic hair and eye colors, mystical or superhuman powers, exotic pets, possessions or origins or an unusually tragic past, especially when these things are glaringly out of step with the consistency of the canon. These features are commonplace in "Mary Sues", though even a character who lacks them may be labeled a "Sue" by some critics. The term is more broadly associated with characters who are exceptionally and improbably lucky. The good luck may involve romance ("Mary Sue" always gets her man); adventure ("Mary Sue" always wins a fight or knows how to solve the puzzle) and popularity (the "right people" seem to gravitate towards the character). These characters have few problems while attempting to achieve their goals. "Everything goes her way" is a common criticism regarding "Mary Sues", the implication being that the character is not sufficiently humanized or challenged to be interesting or sympathetic. (Wikipedia, yes, there is a Wikipedia entry on this fanfiction epidemic.)
2. Self-Insertion: Used by those who don't even bother hiding their wish fulfillment of being in the story.
3. Writing Slash stories that make EVERY couple gay or lesbian. It's unrealistic, and stupid. Mix it up! Just because you're writing a slash story, doesn't mean everyone has to be gay! RENT rules because it deal with the entire spectrum of sexuality.