Don’t know Gary Stu from Murray Sue? It’s OK, you’re still Mary Sue
If you hate yourself for not knowing something you feel you should, welcome to my planet
Sometimes I feel so ignorant for not knowing something I believe I should have heard about years ago. So please bear with me if you have heard of the term “Mary Sue”.
It’s something I recently came across on a discussion board about a Sydney Sheldon book and his heroine. The person wrote on the book subreddit: “I read the novel The Other Side of Midnight. I’m sorry but what? His characters are so perfect. I mean they are way way too perfect. The women who are depicted are so superficial. They are good looking, intelligent, diplomatic, smart and sometimes I’m just low-key jealous of how non human they are.” Someone replied: “There’s a term for such characters — Mary Sue.”
I had to do a little digging to find out more about it, only to find, to my horror, that it is a well-known trope, mostly used in genre fiction. ..