Is Your OC Mary Sue/Gary Stu? May 4, 2006 19:36:06 GMT -5
Post by bickazer on May 4, 2006 19:36:06 GMT -5
1.) By Luna going berserk means she doesn't have that glowing thingy. Nu-uh. More like when like there's some auto-berserk magic when someone dies in Final Fantasy VIII by having an all-party attack and the ststus attacks inflict berserk to one, two or all char. Leave out the 'whole body turning red' thing. I hate having Berserk as a status in FF games. She goes all-out, kinda like when Rayne has that 'state' when she has extera power and she can control her body. Only Luna doesn't have control, and the effect lasts five minutes. Her powers don't get out of control, it's her body. It's like when you hit someplace on someone's body, a reaction starts.
So...something from Final Fantasy (which I know nothing about, I assure you) is in the Avaverse...? It's alright to add to an existing universe, but pulling elements from one universe into another, completely unrelated one is generally a big no-no. Particularly if the fic isn't a crossover.
I don't think I had to use the list. I'm sorry about that. We all know that having our OCs be Sues ticks us off sometimes, but it pains me to see a big stinkin' paragraph about it. I'm not starting any arguements here.
In this case, perhaps the criticism was well-justified. Perhaps you should take Gotterdammerung's advice to heart and realize maybe your OC *does* have need to be worked on a little. It may hurt to get your OC "ripped apart" so to speak, but in some cases that's just because you need to do a lot of fine-tuning before your OC steps out of Mary Sue danger ground.
On the flip side, sometimes I *do* see people being *too* critical of Sues to the point that we're only allowed to write boring, nondescript "NPC" (so to speak...) characters. If you really look at it, many Avatar characters--and characters from other fandoms--*are* Mary Sues. No one expects a particularly well-developed, say, Pokemon OC. Just avoid the "sparklypoo", please. It's ridiculous to expect all OC's to be perfectly well-developed realisetic characters because GUESS WHAT--many of the show characters AREN'T. The trick is that the writers of the show are clever enough to pull off underdeveloped charactere well.
(That's not to say that ALL OC's aren't Sues, either. Most OC's tend to be overpowered and underdeveloped even by the Avatar standards.)