Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Mary Sue update

Precie was kind enough to supply me with "Mary Sue test" links in the comments on that post.  (Thanks, Precie!)  Here are the results:
From this test:
Elspeth is suspiciously similar to you as you'd like to be. She is not at all cool; in fact, she thinks cool is a temperature reading, and when she says "Oh, I just put on whatever old thing's lying around," she means "on the floor, where I threw it last night - but I turned the underwear inside out first." She may have sometimes thought that she was special, or destined for greater things, but probably dismissed the idea as a fantasy. She's got no emotional scars to speak of. And you've been sparing with the free handouts: whatever she gains, she's worked for.

In general, you care deeply about Elspeth, but you're smart enough to let her stand on her own, without burdening her with your personal fantasies or propping her up with idealization and over-dramatization. Elspeth is a healthy character with a promising career ahead of her.

Score Breakdown
She's Got My Nose 21
She's The Anti-Cool 0
I'm Destined For What? 3
Healthy as a Horse 0
Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child 8
Total: 32
And from this one:
Your Mary Sue Score: 54

36-55 points: Mary-Sue. Your character needs some work in order to be believable. But despair not; you should still be able to salvage her with a little effort. Don't give up.

So.  I'm not out of the woods, but she's not irredemable, either.  *g*  I'll follow up on some of the articles/essays the tests link to.  Plenty of time in rewrites to work this out.


NBB said...

I did the second test and scored 14 for Ella("The Non-Sue. Your character is a well-developed, balanced person, and is almost certainly not a Mary Sue. Congratulations!" We'll see about that when I have more than 14K) :)

And what do they mean Elspeth has no emotional scars? Are we talking about the woman who has been left by her fiancé, shortly before the wedding, to fool around with her best friend? If that's no emotional scar... :)

Jenny said...

Nina -

Well, she's got emotional scars (mainly that one) but she wasn't raped or abused as a child, and she wasn't abandoned by her parents or raised as an orphan, etc.

Again, these tests are mostly for fanfic, and I think that kind of "emotional scars" thing is common to add angst for a character in the world of Buffy or those kind of shows.