I've run into a few authors who mean well, and try to follow a beta's or a reivewer's advice to the letter, but the result is often... misguided. There was a girl writing Harry Potter fanfiction who wrote up a profile of her character. People chimed in and commented that the character was horribly, horribly Mary Sueish. The girl tried to give her character flaws, but for every flaw she put in and for every Sueish quality she removed, she put in three more Sueish traits. Ah, what the heck, if you're morbidly curious, see the fiasco for yourself, complete with author-whining and freak-out. It's almost a textbook example of what not to do.

Okay, I bit, but I wasn't able to get to the url, WF. I even checked the properties on the url and found none. Is it my computer? (Been having troubles lately.) Or is it the link? My morbid curiosity has been piqued. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/winkwink.gif" alt="" />

Faralas <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mage.gif" alt="" /> *loves looking at train wrecks*

I can't follow the link either, Faralas, so it isn't just you.

Shame, as I think Winterfox's example sounds quite instructive.

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