Thursday, February 12, 2009

Mary needs...some literary education

A Facebook friend posted this little game which I thought was funny. You type your name followed by the word "needs" in a google search and post the top ten results. Most of my adult life, I have been going by my first name, Mary. Most of my close friends and family, however, know me by my childhood name of Mary Sue.

At first I typed "Mary needs" for the search and came up with a few amusing results:

Mary Needs the Lamb in School
- This was a poem about school violence. I didn't read it.

Mary needs to determine the best day to work her magic - Hmmm, I had never thought of that before, but now I will consider, "what is the best day to work my magic?"

Sexy Mary Needs Attention on her Feet - ahh, true, true. I'm actually not sure what that means, but I am considering going to the doctor for a severe pain in my foot, which may be caused by sexy shoes.

Then I decided to type "Mary Sue" and came up with some confusing (to me) results:

your mary sue needs a name - hmm, Does that even make sense?

There are many opinions on what precisely defines a Mary Sue. Some say that it's extreme beauty or simply perfection. - Ok, That seems like a good opinion.

I have a feeling we will hear alot more from Mary Sue, it's artist like her we need more of! Keep up the excellent work Mary Sue your AWESOME!
- Why, thank you. You need some work on your spelling and grammar, but I will keep up the excellent work.

Who is Mary Sue, and why is she impossible to kill? - I am impossible to kill? That is good to know.

This Mary-sue needs to be fed to Gluttony10
- Well, keep in mind, I am impossible to kill.

Mary Sue gets mean. Has anyone else noticed this little madam cropping up a lot recently? - Well, now that you mention it, I have been more assertive lately. Some might be surprised at my new badass nature.

A badass Mary Sue who'll fuck anything. She's occasionally forced by mystical circumstances to fuck everything in sight. - uhhh, not that kind of badass, but I am intrigued bu what sort of mystical circumstances cause this phenomena.

Yes, Mary Sue is a woman and she repels us. So how does the slasher insert her generously lubed self into the well-stretched slash story? Carefully, tenderly and not just ramming in. Subtlety there must be, and no perfection. Because perfection is a trade mark of Mary Sue, Inc., and good characterization needs the struggles, weaknesses and insecurities of the character to be transmitted to the reader.

All my life, of being a Mary Sue, I have never encountered this literary characterization. I never knew "A Mary Sue is a character in a work of fiction who exists primarily for the purpose of wish-fulfillment on the part of the author. She plays a prominent role in the work, but she is notably devoid of flaws or a complex personality, and she usually represents the pinnacle of idealized perfection. All of the other characters love Mary Sue, because she is extraordinarily helpful, talented, beautiful, or unusual, and she often drives readers absolutely crazy because she is one-dimensional and too idealized to be realistic." I wonder if that would be called dramatic irony?

5 comments:

Laura said...

Yes you are helpful, talented, beautiful and (sometimes) wonderfully unusual.

Sarah's Blogtastic Adventures said...

That is a fun game! Mine said I needed a miracle lol

Katie said...

I love that you are impossible to kill. And I agree with Laura...You are helpful, talented, beautiful and wonderfully unusual!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog because I was doing that Google exercise and my name is Mary Sue. I learned so much! Thanks, from one wonderfully unusual character to another!

Mary Sue said...

How ironic is is that I was googling myself, and I found another Mary Sue that was doing the same thing...then I read your comments and found that yet ANOTHER Mary Sue was googling also! I wonder how many Mary Sues are googling themselves!