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When author-inserts go wrong

All characters are, of course, representations of their authors in some form. I’m speaking about the borderline Mary-Sue’s and Gary-Stu’s with the perfect hair and bodies who have virtually no faults (other than, say, running away with a sparkly vampire). The two which come to mind are Clary (Mortal Instruments) and Bella Swan. Funny how most of these characters are in YA fiction.
Perhaps explore the use of insertion, and when it goes wrong.

  • Clary.. :facepalm: good lord I hated CoB. For those who haven't read the book this is my biggest gripe. Girl meets boy. Girl falls for boy. Girl finds out boy is her brother. FOR TWO AND A HALF BOOKS SHE STILL PINES FOR HIM. Rather than taking an interesting route. Like maybe having Clary come to terms, maybe become friends with the boy. Perhaps even become her own person a bit before revealing that he's not really her brother nah. She's just going to shiver with his every touch book after book until she gets her way. Rather than being romantic it felt gross. -- – wolfkin 6 years ago
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