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Old August 21 2008, 02:41 AM   #67
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Re: Read & Reread "Greater Than The Sum"- My Opinion (Spoilers)

Dimesdan wrote: View Post
Strictly speaking, a Mary Sue is an impossibly idealized character who outperforms all the other characters and earns their undying devotion....
I am a massive fan of the Scottish writer Christopher Brookmyre, but the character of Jack Parlabane (Quiet Ugly One Morning, Country of the Blind, Boiling a Frog, Be my Enemy and Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks) is by that discription a Mary Sue charcter, but regardless of that, I bloody love him so not all Mary Sues are disliked.
Well, that's not a comprehensive definition. One key element I didn't mention is that a Mary Sue is a guest character added to an existing series' cast by a fan or tie-in author and overshadowing them in the process. So if the character you're referring to is an integral part of the author's own original creation, he's not a Mary Sue by the strict definition of the term, although he may have some MS-like attributes.
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