Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Only you can prevent Mary Sue characters

Greetings.

Jewish date:  4 Shevaṭ 5770 (Parashath Bo’).

Today’s quasi-holidays:  National Popcorn Day, Archery Day, Robert E. Lee’s Birthday, Tin Can Day.

Today’s news and commentary:
Ernie and Bert.Image of “non-Sues” via Wikipedia
Today’s weird thing is “The Original Fiction Mary Sue Litmus Test”, which can be used to determine if characters are pathologically too perfect or examples of self-insertion.  To test this test, I used it to examine Ernie from Sesame Street; he rated, as expected, as a “non-Sue”.  Though to be fair, many of the questions asked are really not relevant to Muppets.  This test may also be useful in creating deliberately absurd, annoying, or over-the-top characters.  Enjoy and share the weirdness.

Aaron
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