Stalking the not-so-elusive Labyrinth Mary Sues
So, I was trying to write a gary stu (for my own entertainment) apparently I can't, my charechter (as of yet nameless) is a drug addled, mentally unstable prostitute with abandonment issues, yes he's pretty and a decent artist, and eventually I plan to slash him with Jareth, but he's a crazy coke head loner bitch, no special abilities, unusual hair/eyecolors, or anything... damn it
What am I doing wrong?
Sat, Jul. 23rd, 2005, 01:21 am
akai_kun: lil rant
*draws circles in the ground and sighs.*I am new so I hope this is okey. I just want to say I know how you guys feel about the oh so prefect sarah and the same story over and over and over again. (its hard to find fresh new plot ideas now for some reasons)
I just want to do a small tiny rant (no Sues to report though I am temped to go back to hunting some good old Laby fics) Anyways I feel the sudden need to watch Laby again right? its about.. oh.. three-four days. On the 18th-ish I start to write fulled with a new vigor to write with humor! I finally found my humor tone in my writing go figure? Once I finished chapter 1 of my newest fic, I wait to post it just to make sure I want to do it.
The plot is basicaly Sara loses to Jareth (suprise there?) however unlike so many I read so far she is returned home and Toby is now Jareth. How he wanted it in the first place. (personaly I got sick of the 'oh no! Jareth take me instead please! spear Toby!' honestly he was going to call Toby 'Jareth' meaning oh its an heir he wants not the girl.) So I am happy with my story. Sarah of cousre knowing her mistake is trying to figure a way to out smart the Goblin King once more and take her brother back. (the Story bounces between the two, between Sarah's quest to get her brother back, and Toby's quest to find out what he is missing.)
I think I got Sarah's personality pretty fine tuned. She is stubborn and an idiot at times but she has a good heart. Typical stuff, she gets herself caught into sticky problems yet after a few trial and errors she makes it out of it. Toby I have to work from nothing, but slightly basing him off Sarah. Stubborn, pig headed, and ever so ready to throw a hissy fit if things don't go his way yet ready to con people in doing his work like a good little prince.
So I am looking around for Laby communties just for fun, I find a Tokyo pop artical THEY ARE MAKING A FREAKING MANGA SQUEAL!!!!!*points angry finger of doom* ABOUT TOBY BECOMING HEIR!*bangs head on desk over and over and over* ITS NOT FAIR! I think or it sounds very Toby centered so whatever personality I think up for Toby IT WILL BE WRONG!*thumps head on desk.* ITS NOT FAIR*cries*
alright I am done >>
I just made a new Labyrinth community. I'm mostly looking for a theme for my community. For instance, there is a Labyrinth Icon based community, so we need something to offer as well, that's cool and unique at the same time. You don't have to join but your suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Just leave a comment, email me, or join the community and leave a post or comment.
Thanks for reading,
I really like the community. I do write fanfic myself, and I fear one day - if I ever muster enough courage to post my stories online - I will be ripped apart here, too. So I joined to at least find out right away.
But I promise, if you rip up my story, I'll go back and change the character's name into Mary Sue.
Taking the time from writing my own terrible Labyrinth fanfiction to read other terrible Labyrinth fanfiction, I found this wonderful (and decidedly cliché) piece. And, hey, it's been rather quiet here, so why not? I'm sure you all can find a horrific fic to report. :D
Not only is Sarah warped into yet another pathetic and rather annoying shadow of herself, but the author inserts herself again
as the Omnipotent Matchmaker - and a Fae. Why must they be Fae? I'm about ready for kickass!god!Jareth, you know.Story Or Series Title: To You I belongFandom: The Labyrinth
Culprit Author's Name:
Not again, I hear you say - didn't we already do one by her?
Oh ho, I say - there's eleven more just like it by this one Suethor.Full Name (plus titles if any):
Sarah Williams and her helpful ex-Fae companion Vireyda "Vree" Magodaly. Um. Ouch?Full Species(es):
arah and the ex-Fae, self-inserted author. Enough with the Fae already!Hair Color (include adjectives):
Sarah is a "brunette," whereas Vree has "raven black hair." Eye Color (include adjectives):
Never described for Sarah, but Vree, predictably, has the required-by-Sue-law description - "deep amethyst eyes." Right.Unusual Markings/Colorations:
Again, it's not described for Sarah; Vree, however, has special Irish heritage that not only gives her "raven black hair" and purple eyes to boot (dude, while I understand I'm far from the expert on human physiology and ethnicity, I'm pretty sure Ireland is not overrun with purple-eyed women), but also "pale alabaster skin." Flawless alabaster skin, I might add. Obviously she does not venture out into sunlight often.Special Possessions (if any):
Sarah has an engagement ring from a boyfriend who dumped her to marry another woman, and presumably the contents of Jareth's pants in forecoming chapters; Vree has Jareth's fashion sense, according to the narrative: she had a black tank top, which showed off her belly button ring.because she was so painfully thin. (A/N: This is because she sits in front of the computer typing these things for you and never eats. ^__^) She had on black jeans, and thick-soled leather boots. She shrugged on a black leather trench coat, and slid on leather gloves.
Yeah, I see the resemblance. I can't even summon up the proper amount of snark for this damn thing! Annoying Origin:
Sarah, heartbroken by a past encounter with love, has been tormented with dreams of her last encounter with Jareth; she says his name, he reappears in her life, and whoosh! she's back in the Underground. It's really just cliché, but done very poorly. Vree, on the other hand:"Once upon a time, there was a young Fae. She was 70, just out of adolescence. She broke the law, and the Seelie court sentenced her to 150 years of 'mortality'. She could have her magic but couldn't step foot in the Underground unless wished away." Vireyda grinned. "And now.she's back." "Vireyda.welcome back." Jareth finally said. "It's great to be back Jareth." She said in her thick Irish brogue.
I love how you can get away with everything just by shouting, "They're Fae!"
"That wo/man is molesting a preteen!"
"It's all good! S/he's a Fae!"Annoying Connections To Canon Characters:
Purportedly "Sarah Williams," who would probably break her foot off in this Sue's bum; Vree was attacked by a 'Gargedon' and saved by Jareth, who kindly nursed her back to health. They became fast friends, of course. Annoying Special Abilities:
Vree is Fae, erego she can do, like, ANYTHING.Other Annoying Traits:
Whining, angsting (badly), speaking in some bizarrely American version of an "Irish brogue" (for Vree), and rendering Jareth into some bumbling fool. I weep for this fandom.Please include a small sample of the worst of this story:( Suddenly, the plot device struck like lightning - nary a shred of forewarning was to be found!Collapse )( It's an origin sequence that would bring Hoggle to tears. Of PAIN.Collapse )( Thanks for tweaking one of my pet peeves.Collapse )
For any of you lurkers out there, I'm offering up Hoggle's Quite Devious Game
to be reported here. I found it and I'd like to see someone else take the darn thing apart. ;]
Please? For the children? For Jareth, Sarah, and the timestream?
Story Or Series Title: Like Sister, Like BrotherFandom:
Culprit Author's Name:
Jess Leigh - or Villain Babe. The account name and the name in the story are at odds with one another.Full Name (plus titles if any):
Sarah Williams. Insert quotation marks.Full Species(es):
Supah Perfect/Angsteh Canon SueHair Color (include adjectives):
Not describedEye Color (include adjectives):
Eyes that are, in the tradition of all horrifically melodramatic tales, strangely sad.Unusual Markings/Colorations:
Not describedSpecial Possessions (if any):
Jareth's heart and soul. Again.Annoying Origin:
*ahem* Sarah has apparently always longed to return to the Labyrinth, and though she misses her friends she misses Jareth more. Toby idolizes her and summons Jareth to take her back to the Labyrinth. Annoying Connections To Canon Characters:
Purportedly is Sarah Williams, though I have my doubts; is the perfect, angsty, wistful elder sister to Toby. No relationship described with their father and mother/stepmother.Annoying Special Abilities:
To make everyone act horrendously out of character and make my eyes hurt.Other Annoying Traits:
She angsts continuously, and when she's not angsting, she's busy being the Most Perfect Being Evah. Please include a small sample of the worst of this story:( I feel bad for Toby, being used as a blatant plot device in so many fics.Collapse )( Nothing is sacred anymore - not even Goblin Kings.Collapse )
Not quite as bad as Signed Sarah, With Love
, but it's still awful. Sadly, I found both this and the aforementioned while looking for Spirited Away Sues to kill with large kitchen knives. Indeed, nothing is sacred.
Hideously enough, there are two Sues in this particular fic.Story Or Series Title: Signed Sarah, With LoveFandom:
Culprit Author's Name:
Vireyda MagodalyTHE CANON SUE
-Full Name (plus titles if any):
Sarah Williams (*cough*)Full Species(es):
Suicidal/Angst Canon-SueHair Color (include adjectives):
Not described Eye Color (include adjectives):
Not describedUnusual Markings/Colorations:
Not describedSpecial Possessions (if any):
Jareth's heart and soul, apparently.Annoying Origin:
Her parents and Toby are dead, and poor Sarah has
always loved Jareth. Therefore, logically, the next step is downing rat poison. Annoying Connections To Canon Characters:
Claims to be Sarah. I'll believe it when Tolkien-from-beyond-the-grave tells me to trust in the Sue.Annoying Special Abilities:
To angst endlessly, burst into tears, and render Jareth without personality in conjunction with the other Sue.Other Annoying Traits:
OMG her lyff iz so panfull.THE SELF-INSERT SUE
-Full Name (plus title if any):
Princess Vireyda "Vree" Magodaly of the Forbidden Forrest (author's spelling, not mine). Take another look at the author's name.Full Species(es):
Fae/Perfect SueHair Color (include adjectives):
"...black hair..."Eye Color (include adjectives):
"...amethyst eyes..."Unusual Markings/Colorations:
"...painfully thin..."Special Possessions (if any):
Leather and crystals.Annoying Origin:
She serves as Goblin Queen whenever Jareth is on vacation. Where?
The Bog of Eternal Stench? Or one of those canonically unsupported beautiful lands of Fae? Ah, wait - "Vree" explains he visits his mother frequently after Sarah defeated him. In any case, she's his bestest fwiend and wants to unite him and Sarah in holy matrimony.Annoying Connections To Canon Characters:
Jareth's best friend growing up; only wants the best for Sarah and Jareth and nothing for herself.Annoying Special Abilities:
Can heal Sarah instantaneously, communicate via telepathy, summon crystals, has magic that rivals Jareth's, knows everyone's true feelings, and can bitch Jareth into submission.Other Annoying Traits:
Irish brogue (a cliché in Laby fics now), an omnipotent role in the story, and more page time than Jareth and Sarah combined.Please include a small sample of the worst of this story:( Sarah provides angsting exposition...Collapse )( ...and Vireyda tells them of their twu wuff.Collapse )
Violation of canon, character, and basic decency. Hurts so badly cannot form proper sentences. *sporks*
No, Labyrinth II
is not coming out.
A new fan fiction archive
has opened up (thank you so muchkuchenhexe
for posting about it). It's small and if we get there quick and entrench, we might be able to keep out for the most part the Mary-Sarahs, the Mary-Sues and the rest of the hideous violations that go on.
The first reviewer in that section has given out some tough love criticism. I am filled with glorious hope for a brighter dawn for this fandom. One that involves spell check, beta-readers for all, stories worth reading, and authors who not only accept, but LIKE good critiques, instead of throwing tantrums over them.
Yes, I may be dreaming. But damn it, there is a chance, however small.
Labyrinth fanfiction needs YOU! *points like the scary old Uncle Sam posters*
Oh, please. I can no longer even venture off of my favorite stories list at FF.net, so painful is the Labyrinth section.
(X-posted on bowie_daily
And now for a report to further reinforce my point:Story Or Series Title: HALF FAE, HALF HUMAN, ALL HEARTFandom:
Labyrinth, though it looks like it would have eventually become crossover-ish too.
Culprit Author's Name:
SERRIA23Full Name (plus titles if any):
Fae/ humanHair Color (include adjectives):
Brown.Eye Color (include adjectives): "Lizabeth begged her big brown eyes wide and innocent, her classic puppy dog eyes she knew her father couldn’t turn down."Unusual Markings/Colorations:
Apparently it's unusual to have matching eyes. Everyone else seems to have mismatched eyes.Annoying Origin:
A Painful Birth Scene™. I hate it when authors write these and have no idea how they really are. There's a lot of screaming and clenching of the father's hands etc. Too much primetime TV. Oh, and the mother dies.Annoying Connections To Canon Characters:
Meets Jareth and enters into love/hate relationship in first chapter when she's only a one-year-old.Annoying Special Abilities:
Is expertly walking and talking and whining -again- as a one-year-old. Can conjure crystals like "Leo the Goblin King" and manages to shock him over it.Other Annoying Traits:
Changes two-year-old Jareth into a bunny for kicks.Please include a small sample of the worst of this story:( It was all pretty bad, but POV shifts get me like nothing else.Collapse )
Hi, my name is McSparkly and...
I have a strange twisted love for the Mary Sue creature that stalks our beloved fandom. So much so that I created this journal. It's a reporting-style community made in direct homage to marysues
, both hysterically funny communities in their own rights.
I also stalk the wild Sue
in my spare time.
This will be posted in the About information shortly, but I thought I'd include this in case anyone felt particularly enthusiastic. ;)
Remember to keep excerpts short
, as other communities have run into trouble recently with angry authors. If you quote the whole story, the TOS enforcers will delete the shiny community and I will be very sad. If it's bad enough to report, it's bad enough that a short selection of bad, bad fic writing will stand on its own.
The Format:Story Name:
Perpetrator Author's Name: Name Species: Sue Species (for bonus points):Hair Color: Eye Color. Especially important if character has mismatched eyes: Unusual Markings/Colorations: Special Possessions (if any):Love interest (if any):Annoying Origin: Annoying Connections To Canon Characters: Annoying Special Abilities: Other Annoying Traits: Please include a small sample of the worst of this story:
*rubs hands together*
First post coming later tonight.
Oh, and ignore my journal. For now, it's just a means to this particular end.