||[Jan. 16th, 2004|03:06 am]
The Beatles' Sues
|||||all along the watch tower - bob dylan||]|
You know what peeves me? Well… actually a lot of things, but one of them happens to be when authors decide to give their characters somewhat common names, but with totally out-of-whack spelling. Sometimes though, I have to wonder…. Is it them trying to be “unique” or is it just a misspelling of the name? Either case, it annoys me as much as the Sues with “exotic” names make me.
On another note, I would like to take the time to point out that there are ways to make original characters interesting and… hell, even likeable, even if they do get with one of the boys! I don’t really think that all Beatles OCs=Mary Sues. I mean… hell, I actually liked that Minnie girl from that Three Cool Cats story.
First off, I would like to point out the essay Beyond Mary Sue by Meg Kline, which does offer some helpful tips on how to avoid making an OC a Mary Sue. Hell, she (and in a very rare case, he) could even be a carbon copy of you, and with a few simple guidelines, and you could avoid a whole OH MY GOD A REBELLIOUS GUITAR PLAYING GRRL SUE/TIME TREVELLER WHO BECOMES CHUMMY w/THE BEATLES IN A MATTER OF SECONDS, and make a person who may not be only some Beatle fling, but one of those one in a million characters people put in there stories that you could actually come to…. like.
Here are two more links which may help you out in keeping your “Sue” realistic rather than futuristic.
This site includes much information on fifties slang, fads, and style. I’m putting this up since I’ve never really noticed that much of a difference between late-fifties/early-sixties junk. And this is where most Beatles fics take place. Hell, I think there’s even a section on the whole mod (late sixties, you know) style and junk in here.
Year-to-year lists of the top ten girls/boys names from 1921-1959. Chances are, your character would have been born sometime in the forties (or early fifties, for that matter), so it’s best to not have them running around with names such as Alexia or Eclipse or what have you.
And now, the Sue I shall bring you today is written by the same
teenybopper culprit that wrote the last piece. Although…. Reading this one makes me actually think the last one was somewhat cute, in that “ugly dog you adopted from the pound because you felt bad for it” sort of way.
But it only seemed “cute” once I read this story. I mean, bubbly fangirl comes into the past and gets chummy with the pre-Beatles, I can stand. This abomination dkgfklhfdghkghd
Still though, it could be worse. Speaking of worse, I’ll save that story for a special occasion. It’s not as much Mary Sue as it is “Oh God! My eyes!”
The Story: A Taste of
Author Culprit: Everyone’s favorite teeny-bopper, Macca Beatles
Full Name (plus titles if any): Adora Williams (wait, she must be the sister of Andrea Williams, or, if my years are right, she could be her older version, with just a different name)
Hair Color (include adjectives): “…wavy black hair down to my shoulders…”
Eye Color (include adjectives): N/A
Unusual Markings/Colorations: looong legs that go “for miles and miles”, I think it said.
Special Possessions (if any): An answering machine in 1966, and *squick* Bob Dylan’s baby.
Annoying Origin: From America, they moved to London a few years ago, but have only lived there for a few months. Confused? I know I am.
Annoying Connections To Beatles: She becomes their secretary, and eventually gets with Paul… oh AND SHE IS HAVING BOB DYLAN’S BABY.
Annoying Special Abilities: Breathing.
Other Annoying Traits: Existing.
Please include a small sample of the worst of this story: This whole story… well, almost the whole story, could be the worse, but I will just but some of the tragic parts in. Shakespeare, watch out, Macca Beatle is the new face in writing tragedies… or whatever. ( OweeeoweeeeeeCollapse )
What makes this story bad: Everything. The icing on the cake was her reply to my comment:
Author's Response: weill i dont care what you say about my story, its MY story, i do what i want. other people DO infact like my stories. Im sorry if you dont. there are other stories to read besides mine. and i DO know the fashions i the sixties, i looked this up. but this is FICTION!!!! i dont claim to be a fantastic writer, im sorry you dont like, move along. find other stories if you dont like it. yes i use microsoft word, and i know the spell check and i do use it when i have time. I have FUN writing my stories the way i do, if you dont like it...write your own. i dont want my character to forget her memory, it would be no fun. AND I KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN HAMBURG I HAVE A BOOK!!! you dont know if he were allowed to or not, he prolly wasnt but for the sake of my story i had him buy beer. have a cow, my story isnt correct, not everybody's story is, if you dont like it, DONT READ IT!
What the frijoles is up with people responding to that? OMG IT’S MY HOT
BODY STORY I’LL DO WHAT I WANT!1!111 ^___^
Overall rating: OW$yui35jer0th2T!!!!!!
Well, on the bright side, she appears to type more coherantly.