In this episode of Anomaly Supplemental, KC and I do our best to cover a somewhat loaded topic. What’s a “Mary Sue”? What’s a “Strong Female Character”? Can the same character be both, or are they mutually exclusive? We talk about where the concept of “Mary Sue” in fan fiction, what is has morphed into, and some characters that are generally considered to be Mary Sues. But we also talk about what we feel makes a good, strong, well-developed character, and what “strong” really means in that sense. And of course, some of our favorite personal examples.
As we mention in the topic introduction, this discussion has been on our list for a while, but we bumped it up to the top after the many discussions about Star Trek: Into Darkness in the Anomaly Community. Anomaly has released 2 podcasts about the film already – an immediate reaction, and a second one several weeks later. Since the Trek reboot has been talked to death, we steer clear of it in this conversation, although there are some spoilers for Battlestar Galactica and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The episode carries an “explicit” tag for a little bit of profanity in some quotes.
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What KC’s Been Doing
- Blogging and Vlogging on Nerdery and Lifery
- Books: Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon, Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards, The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger, Shogun by James Clavell
- TV: Breaking Bad
What Sue’s Been Doing
- Books: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Faith and the Magic Kingdom by friend-of-Anomaly Randy Crane
- Theatre: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare in the Park)