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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!
Maria: cuminslave_o_spike on April 19th, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)
As I said to azure above, she's really not that bad. Xanith is a series of books by Piers Anthony - its a fantasy series. He has an excellent grasp of the English language and uses puns on the words. Xanith is on earth - its hard to explain - but it's like the magical world where Hogwarts is located. It's in a different realm. If my daughter were to explain Xanith, she would be talking to you for hours (literally!). She got into the books at 12 years old. She can't put them down. Mainly college kids read them.

My restaurant is a little fast food restauarant (cheeseburgers, fries and shakes) but not a franchise (our town is too small for a franchise because of the zoning capabilities). The town is lived in by people who were around during the days of yore when nothing but logging was going on. It's also lived in by Boeing employees and now more recently, Microsoft execs and their $$$million+ homes. Our place is really cute and we have a sign out front that reads "We specialize in grease, salt, sugar and caffiene."
midnightinkingwords on April 20th, 2006 02:35 am (UTC)
Adoring the sign!!