Mary Sue

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Mary Sue

In film and literature, an idealized female character who is exceptionally talented in a number of areas despite not having had the training or experience to realistically acquire such talents. The use of such a character is often seen as a method of author wish-fulfillment. The term was first used in this way by writer Paula Smith in 1973. Whether Rey from "Star Wars" is a Mary Sue has been a topic of debate.
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Dreadful to read as they might be, "Mary Sues" are perhaps, in one way or another, at the core of what motivates fanfic writers.
As a note on its vitality as a literary form, even as fan fiction covers the range from short poetry inspired by comic books to two-hundred-thousand-word epic stories about Harry Potter and his friends, it has managed to conjure its own distinctive (and much dreaded) archetype: the "Mary Sue." She (or he) is an original character that reflects the personal characteristics of the writer, or what he or she wishes were his or her personal characteristics.