No One Has a Problem with James Bond: a Two-part Commentary on Fandom Criticism and the Art of Minimizing Female Characters (Part I)
The debate on the Mary Sue-ness of Charlie Bradbury has been populating my dashboard for a while now and I’m afraid I’m about to butt in.
I have some serious issues with the fact that Charlie Bradbury is -once again- being described as a Mary Sue character.
First and foremost, I don’t think there’s a real understanding of the term actually means or what having a Mary Sue entails for the viewer/reader and for the narrative itself*. Still, from what I can tell, it seems fandom has agreed that a Mary Sue character is a one that allows its author a measure of wish fulfillment so great that the character itself stretches –and breaks- credibility. A Mary Sue a caricature, an over-simplification of what real characters ought to be.
There are two parts to this wish-fulfillment model that I’d like to address: number one is the wish part itself (where it stems from) and number two is the fandom perception of what constitutes authorial wish-fulfillment when it comes to the writers of our little show.