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QUACKCAST 211 - How Mary Sure Are You?

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, March 24, 2015


Image by VinoMas

Hello hello hello! This week Ozoneocean and Banes pirate another of HippieVan's much discussed newsposts. When the test for Mary Sue was brought up in our recent writing tests Quackcast it generated some heated talk so HippieVan went a little deeper into it and people responded again. Banes and I discuss those responses and try to come up with some sort of consensus on how to more properly use the Mary Sue test and some of its pitfalls: i.e. it's highly context sensitive and can't be used easily on certain genres (Superhero etc), it's also something you as a writer typically don't have to worry about unless you're inexperienced- or so Banes and I believe.

Topics and shownotes

Featured comic:
Psycho Babble -

Posts read from here -
Results of the Mary Sue comic contest -
The dreaded test -

Contributions from:
Call Me Tom -
Tupapayon -
Strixvanallen -
VinoMas -
bravo1102 -
KimLuster -
HippieVan -
JustNoPoint -
Peipei -
Usedbooks -
Irrevenant -
Kou the Mad
Hayakain -

Special thanks to:
The world's greatest Musician and BBQ chef, Gunwallace -
The most attractive man in the world and most intelligent Co-host, Banes -
Super qualified and amazingly beautiful featurer, Kawaiidaigakusei -

The theme song by Gunwallace this week was for:
Devil Spy - by Jaymzeecat.



tupapayon at 11:29AM, March 24, 2015

@KimLuster: LOL… I used to watch some of those movies with my brother…

Ozoneocean at 9:19AM, March 24, 2015

Heh! I gots ya JNP ^_^

JustNoPoint at 8:25AM, March 24, 2015

I knew you were going to make me a southern hick Ozone. You bastard! :)

KimLuster at 7:54AM, March 24, 2015

@Tupapayon: I thought they made you sound like 'Cheech' :D

VinoMas at 6:58AM, March 24, 2015

Mariy is so shocked (which means she expected it in true Mary Sue fashion) to get the photo image for this week's Quackcast. First an award and now a cover photo. This is $$$$ for a model. Princess January, on the other hand, is in a rage. ;/

tupapayon at 5:08AM, March 24, 2015

You made me sound Cuban... nice... I"M TONY MONTANA!!... but yeah, test like the Mary Sue should be used as a tool to kinda adjust a character going too far into perfection... but do your own test by stripping your character out of all perfection and special abilities, just to see if there's a person there or not...

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