Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Critique I want to address
So this is also late, but it's something I wanted to talk about since I heard the group on criticism. There was the brief mention of the fact that Frodo had no discernable flaws before picking up the Ring. Which... the more I thought about it, the more it made sense to me. Then a terrible thought occurred to me.
Could Frodo be a Mary Sue?
[well... Gary Stu, technically, but I always thought that name sounded stupid]
For those of you who don't live on the internet like someone I could think of... *cough* a Mary Sue is a title given to a character created by the author as a self-insert. Some famous Mary Sues (of both genders) include: Bella Swan, Captain Kirk, Tom Sawyer, Scott Summers, and GI Joe. And now... maybe Frodo? D:
Now, according to TV Tropes, here are the traits of a Mary Sue: "It is a character that is intentionally made by the author to be overly positive. They almost never have any flaws that actually affect them in a way that truly matters, usually going for endearing traits such as "clumsiness" or naïveté, instead getting overloaded with overwhelmingly positive but largely passive traits (i.e. beauty, innocence, etc.). The character will usually be soft-spoken, have a pleasant voice, and be mild-mannered. Often, the traits verge towards the ethereal, with auras, non-human lineage, and other such things."
I would be very interested on your thoughts/feelings on the matter. This was one TYPE of Mary Sue, there are others, so don't get confused. But this is where my brain decides to go on a Wednesday night when I should be editing my paper. ^^