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Discussion in the comments of a post in [community profile] fanficrants turned to the subject of Mary-Sue tests. Out of curiosity, I put the main OC of my WIP through the Universal Mary-Sue Litmus Test.

She scored thirty. Fanfiction authors beware - Mary's on the loose. There's still a chance you can save this character with some TLC, though.

So what was the one point that put her over the top?

Since a lot of her points are either plot-critical or a side-effect of same, or necessary to make her background make sense (she gets one for being adopted, ffs, despite the fact that she's had a nice, normal childhood), I guess it must be one of the things I did to give her an actual personality.

Maybe it's the fact that the canon characters like her and want to help her? Since she's eight, and basically well-behaved, that really shouldn't be much of a surprise that the members of Team Torchwood have a generally positive reaction to her. Even if she was a total brat, the plot circumstances are such that they would, in canon, be the ones to deal with her.

*checks test again*

Oh, I know. How many major characters does your character fall for? It's her crush on Captain Jack Harkness that puts her over the top.

But wait, you say, doesn't EVERYBODY fall for Captain Jack Harkness? And don't people fall for other people all the time without it being a major plot point?

But my biggest issue with not just the tests, but the very concept of the Mary-Sue, is how gendered it is. Male OCs get a lot more slack, and female canon characters are often labeled as Mary-Sues for displaying the exact same characteristics that make their male counterparts the awesome badasses that everybody loves. (The Doctor would be catapulted to Mega-Sue levels by number of languages spoken alone.)
were_lemur: (Elizabeth Rex (King Elizabeth))
This fic is rated: G
Fandom: Pirates of the Caribbean
Characters: Elizabeth Turner, ofc (with background implied Liz/Jack)
Summary: Her daughter has interesting taste in reading material.
Word Count: 100
Feedback: yes, please! Concrit welcomed.
Distribution: archiving, linking or remixing ok, just credit me and drop me a line!
Author's Note: I felt like a needed some nice fluffy fluff.
Cross-Posted [livejournal.com profile] were_lemur, [livejournal.com profile] pirategasm, [livejournal.com profile] potc_fic, [livejournal.com profile] potc_100, [livejournal.com profile] eswann, [livejournal.com profile] potc_elizabeth
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Disclaimer: PotC belongs to Disney. Characters will be played with nicely and returned to them in good condition when I'm done. No infringement is intended, please don't sue me!

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were_lemur: (Barbossa wonders what Jack's compensatin)
This fic is rated: PG for implied offscreen violence
Fandom: Pirates of the Carribean
Characters: Jack Sparrow, ofc
Summary: post-AWE(ish), Jack sees a chance to reacquire the Pearl
Word Count: 100
Feedback: yes, please! Concrit welcomed.
Distribution: archiving, linking or remixing ok, just credit me and drop me a line!
Author's Note: I've been avoiding writing this one for weeks, for reasons that will become obvious -- but the punchline!bunny wouldn't let me rest until I wrote it.
Cross-Posted [livejournal.com profile] were_lemur, [livejournal.com profile] pirategasm, [livejournal.com profile] potc_fic
My FanFic Masterlist
Disclaimer: PotC belongs to Disney. Characters will be played with nicely and returned to them in good condition when I'm done. No infringement is intended, please don't sue me!

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were_lemur: (norrington far to fall)
This fic is rated: G
Fandom: Pirates of the Carribean
Characters: Elizabeth, mention of Norrington, and 51 OCs.
Summary: Elizabeth wants to send a message.
Word Count: 100
Feedback: yes, please! Concrit welcomed.
Distribution: archiving, linking or remixing ok, just credit me and drop me a line!
Author's Note:
Cross-Posted [livejournal.com profile] were_lemur, [livejournal.com profile] pirategasm, [livejournal.com profile] potc_fic, [livejournal.com profile] potc_100, [livejournal.com profile] eswann, [livejournal.com profile] potc_elizabeth, [livejournal.com profile] one_norrington
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Disclaimer: PotC belongs to Disney. Characters will be played with nicely and returned to them in good condition when I'm done. No infringement is intended, please don't sue me!

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were_lemur: (Eowyn sword)
This fic is rated: G
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Eowyn, Faramir, their daughter
Summary: baby's first (wooden) sword
Prompt: for [livejournal.com profile] muccamukk: Eowyn teaching her daughter something.
Warnings: kiddie!fic, ofc
Word Count: 100
Feedback: yes, please! Concrit welcomed.
Distribution: archiving, linking or remixing ok, just credit me and drop me a line!
Cross-Posted [livejournal.com profile] were_lemur, [livejournal.com profile] starrymantle, [livejournal.com profile] meduseld
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Disclaimer: Tolkien’s. Just borrowing. Please don’t sue!
December Drabble 1/50

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were_lemur: (can't stop the signal)
A remix of a miniscule scale teeny-tiny ficlet by [livejournal.com profile] hyel
This fic is rated: G
Fandom: Firefly/Serenity
Characters/Pairing: Kaylee, ofc
Summary: Kaylee's babysitting
Warnings: kiddiefic, au
Spoilers: for the BDM
Word Count: 100
Feedback: yes, please! Concrit welcomed.
Distribution: archiving, linking or remixing ok, just credit me and drop me a line!
Cross-Posted [livejournal.com profile] were_lemur,
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Disclaimer: Joss is god ... I just write the apocrypha.

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were_lemur: (house of hurin)
This fic is rated: G
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Denethor, ofc
Summary: somebody wants a bedtime story
For [livejournal.com profile] tolkien_weekly's prompt: Entertainment
Warnings: movieverse, HAPPYVERSE; Denethor lives to dandle his grandchildren on his knees, Boromir's married to a nice Gondorian girl, and everyone is -- you guessed it -- happy.
Word Count: 100
Feedback: yes, please! Concrit welcomed.
Distribution: archiving, linking or remixing ok, just credit me and drop me a line!
Cross-Posted [livejournal.com profile] were_lemur, [livejournal.com profile] tolkien_weekly
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Disclaimer: Tolkien’s. Just borrowing. Please don’t sue!

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were_lemur: (house of hurin)
This fic is rated: G
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Denethor, Boromir, OFC
Summary: Grandpa!Denethor
Warnings: HAPPYVERSE; Denethor lives to dandle his grandchildren on his knees, Boromir's married to a nice Gondorian girl, and everyone is -- you guessed it -- happy.
Word Count: 191
Feedback: yes, please! Concrit welcomed.
Distribution: archiving, linking or remixing ok, just credit me and drop me a line!
My FanFic Masterlist
Disclaimer: Tolkien’s. Just borrowing. Please don’t sue!

WARNING: SHAMELESS FLUFF BEHIND THE CUT! )

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