Elliot: glad you found the Sue essay interesting. Years of exposure to bad fiction will make anyone bitter.

Anything like that is always very useful to a writer, IMO. It's just as important that we know what not to do as it is that we know what to do.

Your 'rant' against Mary Sue characters is a very well reasoned attempt to kill the breed, which cannot be a bad thing.

I'm all for strong female characters (As anyone who has read my stories will know) but there is a huge gulf between a well thought out heroine (Or hero for that matter) and a Mary Sue.

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