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Poll results

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%


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?


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.
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.

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