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17 April 2006 @ 07:56 pm
My daughter's a Mary Sue!  
My 14-year-old daughter, Megan, just handed me the story she's been working on. She's into Xanith.

Oh God! She's writing a Mary Sue and none of the name's have been changed to protect the innocent (namely her erstwhile family).

So she has all (and I mean ALL) of the family here with her. And she has us somehow entering the world of Xanith and she knows everything blah blah blah and she's perfect blah blah blah and I become the "woman who holds the baby most of the time" blah blah blah and my oldest daughter, Alex, and their aunt, Mallory (my 18-year-old sister-in-law who lives with us now) become the harpies blah blah blah. Oh God!!!

She gave me the first 3 chapters to read and I had to start banging my head on the tabletop to get through it. Now mind you, her grammar is impeccable, and her story-telling is pretty good (it had become a bit boring in some places but then, that's how quite a few of these fantasy stories read). I will give her kudos for that. It's just....that it's....so Mary Sue, ya know?!

Should I encourage her? Should I continue to bang my head against the table and hope it doesn't cause permanent brain damage?

So if you read my little rant, let me know any advice you have. All advice and feedback is welcome even if it's to say, "too late on the whole brain damage thing."

Oohh! Ooh! We are now officially part of the 21st Century. We just got our credit card machine at our restaurant and can now takes cards so Yay for us!
azure_k_mello: cuddles-by meazure_k_mello on April 18th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
I think you should encourage her because it's great that she's writing. But don't let her put it on the internet because she will be shredded.
Maria: mad about youslave_o_spike on April 18th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
She definitely WILL NOT be putting it on the internet - that I can promise you.

I am encouraging her actually and I've been pointing out where her mistakes are (not just with grammar but with the flow of the story). She's actually taking my advice. Also the fact that she deems me worthy to read her fic is a BIG plus. It's almost as if the story is her own personal diary.