Today I bring you cool links from the internet.
Holly Black talks about the overuse of Mary Sue.
[quote cite="Holly Black"]One thing that I believe is a big part of the Mary Sue problem is the origin of the term — in fanfiction, Mary Sue was used specifically for an original character, often closely resembling an idealized version of the writer, who was inserted into a world and caused the world turn upside down and reconfigure itself around her center. As in: Spock gets a long-lost daughter with purple eyes who’s an even better doctor than McCoy and when she arrives, Kirk instantly falls in love with her and makes her captain in his place. She takes them to the planet of the Sparkle Ponies where she defeats Khan with her beauty and that of her new glittery equine friends.
The problem with using this term outside of fanfiction is simple: the world of a novel has always configured around main characters. They are at its center and, often, they are the best at stuff. Kirk is, for example, is the best with romancing the green-skinned ladies. He’s also the best at leading. Spock is the best at being smart. Scotty is the best at keeping the Enterprise from being blown to pieces by the actions of both Kirk and Spock. Their skills are important and it’s unlikely that anyone is going to come along and be better at those things than they are. [/quote]
Dear Author discusses the rise of anti-heroes.
[quote cite="Jane"]Let me be clear. I am not saying that the morally ambiguous character or even villainous characters can’t be the main protagonist in a romance book. What I am suggesting is that the use of hero or heroine to characters who are not heroic imbues qualities upon them that they do not possess. Perhaps hero and heroine have become ubiquitous terms that simply stand for male and female leads. Alternatively, the terms may be taking on new meaning.[/quote]
Terence Clark of Huffington Post talks about writing and fame.
[quote cite="Terence Clarks"]In an essay in The Spectator in 1711, Sir Richard Steele wrote that it is “the worst way in the world to Fame, to be too anxious about it.” For almost all of us who took up writing in order to be like Ernest Hemingway, this is good advice. The Hemingway goal hasn’t worked in my case or, I suspect, in that of most others who have had so markedly specific an intention. Perhaps all others. This is so because such a goal has nothing to do with writing well. It has an awful lot to do with churlish envy, as well as what we know about Hemingway, that he marketed himself almost from the beginning in order to get where he got.[/quote]