The Mary Sue or Marty Stu is the bane of fan fiction everywhere. It signifies a character who is a clear stand-in for the writer. It’s a smell of bad writing.
Twelve years ago, before the first iPhone, before Snowden, when Guantanomo Bay and the Iraq invasions were still thought of as a good idea by some, I had a web comic called Frank, Hank, and Charles.
I recently saw the 2015 movie of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. I wasn’t terribly impressed, but one thing stood out for me. There is some terrible plot sleight of hand going on. Let’s have a look.
I got into a discussion recently with somebody who argued that you shouldn’t have to pay for creative works, because anybody can create writing, music, or any other art as a hobby. If you only write for money, you shouldn’t be doing it. Besides, if you are really good, then you should be able to make money in other ways, such as by touring. If not, well, you should get a regular job, not try to squeeze money out of people for having fun doing your hobby.
That really pissed me off. Since I like to rant about writing online, I thought I’d post here why.