I’ve been reading online fiction since it was a thing, and I don’t mean ebooks. Like most of my friends, I started with fanfiction, and then found the absolute wealth of stories people post online. The thing is, if you were looking for any kind of m/m romance in the late 90s/early 2000s, that was basically your only option. Gay fiction was “literature”, and definitely not romantic. Frequently dealing with social issues, the AIDS epidemic, and other gay-specific issues, it just wasn’t what I was looking for. I wanted actual romance novels, just with a hero and a hero instead of a hero and a heroine. M/M romance didn’t really take off until closer to 2005, and even then, it was fairly slow and definitely niche to start with. You have no idea just how happy I am that it has taken off as a genre of its […]
Oh, the Mary Sue. Frequently the bane of my existence. The few books I actively hate have Mary Sue characters as the leads. But what is it about the Mary Sue that enrages so many readers? And what is it about her that many others really enjoy?
So first, who is Mary Sue? Well, you know you’re reading a Mary Sue novel if your heroine (or your hero, known to some as Gary Stu):
- has no real faults as a person/characters, except those that are “adorable”
- is liked or loved by every member of the desired sex (whether male or female)
- is only hated or disliked by the bad guys or people who are jealous