Fan Fiction and Creating New Characters
Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Hi! I have a question, first I had posted my Fan Fiction on a FireflyCommnunity on livejournal and got totally bashed all becasue I decided to create a character which last I checked is not against the law, writers do it all the time.

Example: Buffy's first Season was just Willow, Buffy, Giles, Cordy, Xander and after Season 2 more people came on the show as the show went on also Angel was the same way. I dont hear anyone calling OZ or Fred a mary sue.

What is the problem with creating a character?

I am not going to stop writing just because some gorram prick doesnt like that I wrote in a new character. I intend on continuing cause I like to write and its my imagination.


Thursday, May 19, 2005 11:13 AM


Troll, trolly troll troll. Ignore the troll and it will usually go away.

Write as you please, but I suggest what others here have already said - write to please yourself, not everyone else. Write what you like. If you like it and others don't, they can stick it up their *pigu*.

Thursday, May 19, 2005 9:54 AM


I invented a whole family of new characters to stick into the Firefly 'Verse mainly so I could introduce and develop situations that I couldn't otherwise.

I can imagine some objecting but it made sense to me and I can play them off against the canon characters in ways that help me develop my story arc.

Thursday, May 19, 2005 6:25 AM


Hell... I wrote a whole fanfic that used 90% original, made up characters.

Write what you like, and unless someone has serious constructive criticism... ignore em.

Thursday, May 19, 2005 4:07 AM


I have no problem with Mary Sues, hell, I use one myself, but I do have a problem when the other characters behave out of character when around said MS or when the MS is used as a deus ex machina kinda thing to solve plot problems. If someone criticises you just for using a MS - ignore them manfully and continue to do your stuff. The only person you really have to satisfy is yourself anyhoo!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 2:16 PM


Isnt a Mary Sue a OC who is perfect in everyway. Also I tend make it up as I go along. I dont like making my OC's perfect in everyway. I think it makes them boring and I never really put them in many scenes I may put her in the background more then in the foreground.

I plan to ignore the troll.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 2:12 PM


I say do it! Do it to it! I like creating new characters just to see how they bounce off the originals. But, I've seen any number of fanfics that have absolutely no OCs in them, and they turn out just fine. By no means am I an expert on this. But, its your business...not your copyright, but your business in your fic what you want to do with the environment. If it wasn't....there wouldn't be any fanfiction!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 2:01 PM


I haven't read the fic, but a lot of fanfic readers don't like Original Characters (OCs) because too many new writers write all OCs as Mary Sue characters (which, if done well, isn't necessarily a bad thing).

Here's the definition of Mary Sue and a test to tell if you've created one:

Here are a few other links about mary sues.

Most people don't mention Mary Sues to novices because a) it's common and b) most people have manners. So ignore the troll.


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