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Mon, Apr. 9th, 2007, 09:55 pm
netaria: Psycho-Sue

I have a new variant of Sue for you.

When a character exemplifies or utilizes a behaviour that is not socially acceptable and possibly truly negative/evil actions that are then justified through crazy logic by the author. Probably using "authority" characters to do it.

For a full explanation on what led to the new identification of Psycho-Sue you can check out my most recent blog. :)

Sat, Mar. 24th, 2007, 08:37 pm
sudyn: rant: When characters go nuts about other characters.

I just started reading this novel which has been on my to-read pile for a quite a while now. It started off quite nicely actually. It’s all about this mysterious disease spreading throughout the land, turning people into something like zombies. Only that these people aren’t dead. They are simply immortal, and their wounds never heal. Eventually, these people go insane, because they feel every bruise inflicted upon them forever.
Yaddayaddayadda.
To my point.
There is one character who caught this disease, and he was sent away. Now thought to be dead.
And what happens? All of the other characters in the novel start going nuts, and keep on talking about him; how wonderful he is, how good he looks, the sound of his voice, how much other people loved him, how good he always was to others. The blathering goes on and on, and I’m not even close to page 100!
The critics praise the novel. I am disappointed, and feel like “not reading” the book anymore.
Question:
Am I overreacting, or is that really annoying?
Are there any novels you know of where things like that happen?
If so, I’d be very thankful if you told me about them, so I can not buy them should I come across them in a bookstore.

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Mon, Mar. 12th, 2007, 09:58 pm
sudyn: Diana Gabaldon's 'A Breath of Snow and Ashes!

Hello there.
I apologize for my negligence of this community. Studies have kept me from updating here… Well. Admitted. Lack of fodder has as well.
Anyway.
Since I’ve just finished reading Diana Gabaldon's 'A Breath of Snow and Ashes', I thought I’d use this for the next discussion.
I’m not really the type who’s into romance at all, but after reading into ‘Outlander’ (also known as ‘Cross Stitch’) – the first novel in the series – I simply couldn’t stop reading. I always wanted to know what would happen next.
Honestly? I never even thought about Mary Sues when reading any of her books, because Gabaldon’s skill at making things interesting distracts from the Sue-ness in her writing.
Until now.
Well. There have been speculations about self-insertion concerning her series.
The main characters, Claire Fraser, is written in first person, you see, and Claire’s husband, Jaime, has red hair, just like Diana Gabaldon’s spouse.
Some might say Claire is a Sue, others would say: ‘Who cares.’
I belonged to the latter group. At least until now, since there were a few scenes that simply transmogrified Claire Fraser into a Sue. The novel in itself was very good; there was action and drama and lots of humor, speculation and plots and everything. But then there were these few scenes that made me sigh in vexation.

And now I must give a SPOILER WARNING, since what I’m going to say now is a brief summary of a few scenes of her latest ‘Outlander’ novel.
 


My questions now are the following:
Have you ever read a series you thought was great, but thought the author slacked off after so-and-so many novels/episodes? And by slacking off, I don’t only mean horrible character-development, but writing style as well as plot, setting, etc.
How do you deal with it? Did you give up reading the series? Or do you still continue, despite the fact that the quality is getting worse with each new book?

Sun, Feb. 4th, 2007, 08:27 pm
sudyn: AniSue to MovieSue

Here we go again. Another discussion.
Just in case you might have noticed and might be wondering: I deleted the post prior to this one. My common sense switched on a bit late, then told me it was a bad idea to post one’s own writing in one’s own community when it’s still as fresh as this one and has but a handful of members to boast. It felt too much like self-advertising.
Anyway.
I started watching D. Gray-man recently; an awesome anime series – for those of you who don’t know what that is. I love watching anime where blood spurts every now and then. My love for Elfen Lied is proof for that, I guess.
But there is one thing I’ve noticed about both anime series mentioned above. I don’t think I would read them, were they in novel form.
Do you feel similarly when it comes to anime – both adult and teen anime? And do you feel there are Sues out in the movie industry/Hollywood productions, etc.? Does it bother you? Anything you would not mind never seeing again? Any other rants in that direction?

Tue, Jan. 30th, 2007, 02:56 am
sudyn: The first discussion

Welcome to Suedomy, ladies and gents.
This community is first and foremost about bitch-slapping Mary Sue and castrating Gary Stu, yet some individuals don’t seem to know who they are. Wikipedia offers a detailed description of the various Sue arch-types, and Urbandictionary.com offers a neatly simplified version thereof.

Now that we all know who and what we’re dissing, we might as well start off with a little discussion.

Which “famous” Sues annoy you the most? Where do we find them? Who are the perpetrators/authors?
Or are there maybe some Sues you actually like? Actually care about?

Well. I can give you one example of a Sue that drives me nuts.
Terry Goodkind aka Richard Rahl!
Yes. Seldom have I come across such perfect fodder for Sue’diss’m!
Author and protagonist don’t only sound the same, but look the same, too. Absolutely beautiful!
The backcountry dolt turns into an all-knowing king and wizard… yes. Yet again. He is dashing, handsome, and loved by all… excluding some readers who are not overly fond of Sues.

Have fun discussing!