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Well, on the question of whether an OC (specifically, my watcher Richard Philips) should be involved in a romance with a canon character (specifically, the kinda/sorta resurrected post-Chosen lesbian ghost witch Tara), the vote is:

"Sure, it's your story" (I'm wondering if I worded that fairly): 13, or 68.4%
"No way, he's a Mary Sue" (which is true): 3, or 15.8%
"a little flirtation would be fun" (also true): 3, or 15.8%

http://www.livejournal.com/poll/?id=922420

Now, there's a secret statistic, one I didn't mention in my post. Granted, I was curious about attitudes toward Mary Sue's in general. But I've gone to great lengths to make Richard well rounded, and over the course of a dozen stories I honestly feel he's evolved into a separate person, no longer a Mary Sue. So I'm happy to announce that as far as I know, everyone who's actually read the story voted to continue some level of the relationship between him and Tara.

I usually hate Mary Sue characters, myself. The cliche's are often true, and if I'd encountered this poll without reading the story, I would have voted "No way!" So I believe those who voted without reading have a perfectly valid and probably wise opinion. However, the fact that those who did read were okay with the idea makes me think I did a good job creating Richard as a "real" person. Does this make sense? It's 6:30 in the morning.

Just the same, I haven't decided if I'm going to involve them in a romance. There are issues -- for instance, he's much older, and Tara's dead. But my stories are all in the same continuity, so they'll continue to encounter each other from time to time ... maybe a bit of a flirtation might be fun. Opinions?

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redwolf
Feb. 10th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
I think you'll find that most people new to fan fiction don't understand the difference between original characters and Mary Sues. They are not the same thing.

I've seen a lot of instances of canon characters written as Mary Sues, and there's a hell of a lot more of that writing style than of co-opted original characters.

I would not regard Richard as a Mary Sue. You may feel that he started that way, but he's developed into a well-rounded character that is interesting and enjoyable to read.

I'd like to see where a little flirtation between Richard and Tara leads. It may lead further or it may crash and burn, but it will make for a good read.
ozma914
Feb. 11th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
Hm ... first of all, thanks for the compliment. I think you're right -- I've always thought of a Mary Sue as simply the writer putting himself bodily into the story, whether as an original character or in the body of a canon character. While that technically is true with Richard, I worked way too hard on his character and this universe to have him suddenly developing super powers and saving the world. I'm hopeful that if I hadn't told people he was me, no one would have noticed.

In any case, I have four longer stories and three shorter ones sketched out for the future, and Richard plays a major role in just one of them, so his relationship with Tara is guaranteed to proceed slowly. We'll see where it takes them.
tessarin
Feb. 10th, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
Absolutely makes total sense.:-)
ozma914
Feb. 11th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
Thank goodness! I was feeling somewhat fuzzy headed when I wrote that.
desdemonaspace
Feb. 10th, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC)
Ach! I've missed so much. I've not read this fic (which I think might be part of that suite of AU fics you've written?) nor did I see this poll. But I agree with the top finding: "Sure, it's your story".

Now where is this fic? I want to read it.
ozma914
Feb. 11th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
Try here:

http://ozma914.livejournal.com/tag/mary+stu+got+harried

Yep, all my fics are still interconnected in my post "Chosen" world. However, no one seemed to have too much trouble following the events going on here, and what questions were asked got answered in the course of the story. Even a couple of Oz fans who weren't familiar with BtVS told me they were able to follow the tale, for which I'm very grateful.
desdemonaspace
Feb. 11th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
Thanks!
cbtreks
Feb. 10th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
I haven't been able to finish your story yet, but I've enjoyed it so far. I've definitely come to like Richard through your other stories and don't think he's Mary Sue-ish at all!
ozma914
Feb. 11th, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
I'm glad! That makes me extremely happy; hearing he's sort of me and yet not Mary Sue-ish is like having my cake and eating it too. :-)
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