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I'm Completely Tired of This Showing Up In Teen Fiction

QueenAnne posted this thread...
Apr. 23, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Is anyone else sick of reading books where at the beginning the protagonist is described a being plain or even ugly, then throughout the entire book has two or three guys who do nothing but talk about how gorgeous she is? Or have random people/friends/the entire school telling her how lovely she is to look at?

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Childofthemind replied...
Apr. 24, 2013 at 10:59 pm

well thats why its called fiction :D lol no jk 
but the point is that the person has low self esteem and thinks they are ugly but they actually arent.......you know like that one direction song

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Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:16 am

This is called a Mary Sue, the enemy of the story-telling world. If you happen upon a Mary Sue in your local library, remain calm and contact you local authorities. These will be fans of good books, and series. Together, you will have to test the character with the "Mary Sue Litmus test". Taking the test will prove whether or not it is truly a Mary Sue. But remain calm in this situation, and hope that the Mary Sue's don't take over your mind.
 
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dragonsandthree replied...
May 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Okay, is this a joke or not? I can't tell.

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TopaztheArticulate replied...
May 10, 2013 at 8:02 pm

The second reply is a joke...

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sarah98This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
May 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm

def getting sick of it. It's not reality, for me at least.

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pemberleysummers replied...
Mar. 6 at 5:44 pm

Depends on if the protragonist is describing themself as "plain" or "ugly," or if it's the narrator or another character. It can get a annoying, especially since it gives no real personality to the character, because then they're exactly like hundreds of other protragonists. However fictional a book may be, they always encompass parts of reallity, and part of that is including relatable characters. A lot of people, mainly young girls, think they're ugly or plain, when they really are beautiful to everyone else. I do think, however, that using this repeatedly in the same scenerios, such as romances, is soooooooo boring and annoying. How about a queen who thinks she's not good enough, outward and inward, for her people? Or a young girl who dreams of being an actress, doesn't think she has the looks, but is surprised when she really does? No. We get same old, boring old teen romance novels about a girl thinking she's not good enough for a guy, which is not  good thing at all. Girls don't need to be gorgeous to be good enough to a guy, because the guy that'll love her will love her for who she is inside, and also out. They'll fall in love with everything about her. Her heart, her hair, her style, everything. We should have more books about that. And vice versa. Guys shouldn't have to look good enough for girls, either. A Delicate balance. 
Fortunately, there are enough books in the world to avoid these characters if you wish. Not every book is like that, though I find most young adult novels are, so lately I've been staying away from Teen fiction. Whenever in doubt, I suggest a good Jane Austen read. Her lovely heroines will give those new stereotypical modern heroines of teen lit a good kic in the back with their confidence and nature. 

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stuntddudeThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 14 at 7:43 pm

"A lot of people, mainly young girls, think they're ugly or plain, when they really are beautiful to everyone else."
 
Or when they think they are ugly but would like to believe that others do not see them that way regardless of how others actually do see them - either way it's irrelevant to the main problem, which is that so many teens are unreasonably obsessed with their appearance in the first place, not so much that they have low self esteem about it.
 
Anyways, unironic mary sues should burn, except those that exist in real life, who shouldn't burn because that's just terrible, come on.

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Aug. 21 at 9:44 pm

QueenAnne, YES YES YES!!! I spend most of my free time reading books and analyzing them, and I just can't STAND that.
Let's take Bella Swan, a character most are familiar with. She describes herself as a totally plain girl with "ivory" skin (though who the heck describes their skin as ivory? It's just Fancy Talk for pale!) Anyway, as totally plain as she claims to be, THREE GUYS (I exagerate not) asked her to prom. THREE! Oh, but she is positively ordinary, plainer than plain, uhuh Bella, cut the crap.
Then we've got Clary from the Mortal Instruments (I'm purposely using famous characters, but there are many more charecters from obsecure books that suffer from Mary Sue Syndrome). With her flaming red hair and bright green eyes, Clary is just positively BORING! Pretty? Not me, says Clary. (Two guys spend their entirety of spotlight time in the book obsessing over her? Eh, details.)

Lord help us all.

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Caesar123This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 22 at 4:29 pm

Personally I can’t recall any books I’ve read where something like this happens. Maybe a different subclass of YA that I don’t often delve into. If it really bothers you just make sure not to emulate it in your own writing.

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FunneThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Sep. 1 at 6:48 pm

I haven't even seen it

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BonzelleThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Oct. 10 at 11:09 pm

YES! I am so glad someone else is bothered by this! I love Twilight, but what is up with Bella saying she's not pretty at all and then being hounded by Edward, Jacob and practically every boy at her highschool! What gives?

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