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    Mary Sue Or Not A Mary Sue?

    I've got a serious question regarding OFCs and am interested in hearing opinions. In my fan fics, I always come up with OCs, as I feel it allows me to be more creative. One fic I wrote, a reviewer had said, quite kindly, that they weren't partial to Mary Sues but was liking my story. Hmmm, interesting. I replied that my story wasn't a Mary Sue, but that was the great thing about fiction, everybody got something different out of it. I also said I feel that every author puts a little of themselves into characters (a personality trait, physical characteristic, etc.) So my question is, do you think all OFCs, or OMCs for that matter, are Mary Sues/Gary Stus? I mean, Stephen King is the King (no pun intended) of putting himself in his stories (a writer, a school teacher). I personally felt that the Thorn Birds was one huge Mary Sue, before I even knew what the term meant (maybe before it even existed). Some of Margaret Mitchell's character traits showed up in Scarlett O'Hara, put I didn't feel that novel was a Mary Sue at all. Follow where I'm going with this? What do you think? Do you hate Mary Sues, avoid them like the plague, get ticked if you feel you've been duped into reading one? Or does it not matter, or can you overlook it if the story is fairly well written?
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    Deathly Hallows Discussion

    I'll start the thread by reminding all who post here that ANY items relating to the plot of Deathly Hallows is to be hidden by use of the spoiler tag for one month. If you don't know how to do it, it's easy. Type your text, then highlight it and click on the SPOILER button above the text entry box. Preview your post to make sure you've hidden everything. A box saying SPOILER should appear in its place. (Leon and Mad, I hope you don't mind that I mentioned that.) SPOILER : I'm not going to mince words, I found this to be the worst installment of the series and highly disappointing. I was on the phone to my brother to tell him what happened and I misheard him at one point; I thought he said "Harry Plodder" and I replied "it sure does. It's Harry Plodder and the Deathly Hollow plot." I made it through fourteen chapters before I started skimming, skipping some chapters entirely, it just didn't hold my interest, wasn't grabbing me emotionally. And that's one of my biggest complaints. Previous installments had emotion to them and here it seemed to be missing. One of my biggest complaints was that there was seemingly no reaction by Harry to discover that Snape, whom he had deemed as his worst enemy after Voldemort, had been in love with Lily and been protecting him all those years. Glossed over, no internal conflict, no confusion as to his feelings over the whole thing. Wouldn't you be shocked to find out the teacher who you believed hated you had loved your mother since they were children, and begged, first Voldemort to spare her, then Dumbledore to protect not only her, but her child and the man she married? I absolutely hated the Malfoy chapters; I simply cannot picture Lucius the way he was depicted; essentially rendered impotent. It rang false. As most of the action did not take place at Hogwarts, it felt disconnected, with the trio on the run, living a nomadic lifestyle. It really dragged the plot down, at least for me. Teddy Lupin. Great, fine, but tap dancing Beelzebub! Offing both parents and saying nothing as to who raised him? (or did I miss that somewhere? Please advise with page number, if so. Thanks!) I really don't want to bust on it, for those who loved it, so I'll mention the things I did like. Kreacher. Loved his little story about the locket and his turn around in attitude. I actually felt bad for him, waiting for the three to come back for dinner. Snape redeemed. Always knew it and long suspected the Lily connection. Also had a feeling he'd be headmaster somehow. That was kind of a no-brainer. I still wish he would have lived. I liked the Prince's Tale chapter, naturally. I liked how Luna, Neville, and Ginny were doing their best at Hogwarts to keep the DA alive and for Neville to succeed; Prof Longbottom (although no mention was made as to what Ron, Harry, and Hermione ended up doing. WTF ). Don't throw stones too big at me, it's only my opinion.
  3. I've found a rather strange thing going on with a fic and want to put it out for discussion. First, by the synopsis, it looked like another story, so I tried reading (already contacted the admins about that) but that's not what this is about. Every time this person updates, new reviews show up right away, and they all sound the same, but always by 'different' people. Then, I noticed something really weird. Know the ID# assigned to every review? These reviews left, on the same dates, have sequential ID #'s. Every time, between 2 to 4 reviews after each update, boom, boom, boom, one after the other. Come on! Just to compare, I looked for other stories with approximately the same number of reviews. Even if reviews were left on the same day, the numbers are NOT sequential. So, is this person reviewing themself, or am I a suspicious conspiracy freak? Is that a violation of the TOS somehow? BTW, they claim they wrote the story when they were 16, 2 yrs ago and posted it on another site first, but it was removed. But looking at their profile, it shows they joined AFF 2 years ago. I think this is some kid trying to snow people. Any thoughts?
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    Too Much Of A Good Thing?

    So, a couple of months ago, I started reading a fic that showed promise, but by the 5th chapter, I lost interest. The writing was fine, but was more of a "I hate you/like you, slap and tickle" kind of thing, and pretty romancy WAFF-ish (not coded as such, as I recall). A shame really, the first chapter showed possibilities of some real interesting conflict. Anyway, I see the fic when I'm in that archive and bless 'em they keep posting. And the reviews! They've got tons. So I clicked on them. Of about 50, I'd say 12 are from different people and the remainder are all from the same person (a real user who's written in the same fandom). Here's where it gets weird. This fan doesn't really review. They'll put in quotes from the story, or write what I'm guessing is what they'd do if they were one of the characters, they leave links to websites and really don't critique much, they use the review section to chat. It's a little strange. And kind of annoying, at times I feel sorry for the author, like their story is being hi-jacked by this reviewer. I think it's great if someone really digs your story that much, but I have to wonder if they're really lonely and just feel a connection with this author, which is kind of sad. But at times, it almost comes across like stalking. I also feel badly for other potential readers who might want to read the fic, but read the reviews first and get turned off by what they see. Ever have something like that happen to you? Or seen something similar? I'm not talking about someone who leaves several articulate critiques, but decides to use the review area to chat. I mean, isn't that what e-mail is for? Any thoughts?
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    Dracula Chapter 21

    I hope there are some conversant fans of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" out there who can offer an opinion on this. In Chapter 21, a fairly pivotal event occurs, but, to the best of my recollection, every film or tv adaptation I've ever seen portrays it as something else, causing me to spew a torrent of obscenities, usually ending with "Jesus Christ, can't anybody do a faithful and accurate adaptation of this classic?" If you need a refresher, here's a link to the online text: Dracula Ch 21 What I'm referring to starts about halfway down the page. So the set-up is basically the crew (Van Helsing, Seward, Quincy and Holmwood) entering the Harker's bedchamber to find Mina with the Count while Johnathan is in a stupor. Here's the deal. Everything I've ever seen portrays this as a consensual act. To me, it's a rape, specifically, forced oral copulation. The Count forcing her head to his chest (cock), forcing her to swallow, the blood smeared on her face and neck a substitute for semen. Am I wrong? Am I just a metaphor whore, reading way too much into this? Opinions, please!
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    Story Double Posted

    In the Harry Potter archive, there is a story that is double posted. It appears in the Snape/OFC sub-category here: The Pains of Becoming And in the Lucius/OFC sub-category here: The Pains of Becoming By the assigned story numbers, these were posted at the same time, one after the other.
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    I Am...

    I am joining Big Sam in flicking my Bic for Night Court
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    I Am...

    I am also missing the hash brownies episode I am also missing the "mom and pop" porn shop one, as well and Harris' porno movie making assignment I am saying they don't make shows like that anymore
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    Famous Name Game

    Katarina Witt
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    I Am...

    I am tickled to hear that Big Sam is "fervent" I am glad he is enjoying the season thus far I am admitting to being an old timer I am nostalgic for shows like Homicide and Barney Miller I am thinking I may have to investigate the slew of cable series a bit more
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    Person above you game

    ^ has a libido that won't quit
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    Chuck something at the next person

    I rob the nun of her habit, put it on, and wait for Red. Chucks a riding crop
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    Famous Name Game

    Abigail Adams
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    The Three word Story

    but nothing happened
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    I Am...

    I am disappointed with the CSI premiere I am tired of the soap opera-ish relationship angles on that show I am thinking the new tv season in general is a bust
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    I Am...

    I am telling Sam that I hate when that happens I am convinced that the full moon makes for strange behavior and events, despite what some "experts" say I am now entering my busiest time at work I am frightened because people are meeting the deadline this month
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    I Am...

    I am extending my sympathies to all the allergy sufferers I am thinking that hammering out a quickie one-shot may rejuvenate my flagging motivation I am putting out an A.P.B. on my muse if that fails me
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    Adara's Next Gen Gender

    Congrats, Ada; she's a doll!
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    I Am...

    I am saying a Snape/Voldemort slash pairing could be some twisted, interesting stuff I am hoping I won't be so busy as I have of late and can post more I am feeling like a slacker I am thinking I should have some dinner
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    I Am...

    I am thanking Leon, but Musenex did nothing for the last cold I had I am thinking I'm an anomaly in that regard I am a firm believer in Zicamâ„¢
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    I Am...

    I am doing my best to fight off a (mild) cold I am wondering who at work decided to share it with the rest of us
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    NightWing, do you have a word processing program? I don't know if this helps you, but to upload my stories, I first type in my WP program (in this case, AppleWorks on a Mac) complete with whatever special formatting I want (bold, italics, etc.) and save it as a normal file. Then, I save it a second time as an html file. When I go to upload, I open the html file on my computer (all the tags/codes are there) and copy & paste it in the AFF text field. So far, this method has worked great for me. I'm guessing you use a PC running windows; I'm a PC/Microsoft idiot, so I don't know if the same thing will work for you.
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    I Am...

    I am sorry Nan is tired from all that walking I am hoping she had a good time at the fair, though I am also in need of going grocery shopping I am glad I got my internet connection back after 4-1/2 hours of the usual bullshit I am going to give the service guy tomorrow a regular Law & Order type grilling asking what the hell their problem is I am thinking I should log off so my dinner doesn't burn
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    Boys Ruin School for Girls...

    Every time I read or see this issue on the news, I think "what a load." We had big classes, pretty much 50/50, and no real problems, so this makes me go "huh?" I think separating can create a problem in regards to building social skills which are needed once you get out into the big, bad world.
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    I Am...

    I am in no way bothered by my grey hair I am agreeing with Sam about the mad scientists I am pointing out that some cultures view baldness as a sign of virility