I’m reading Song of a Wren by Emma Darcy, and trying to decide whether the main character counts as a Mary Sue or not. I think my problem is that it’s such a pejorative term and I’m not sure it’s one the character really deserves, in that sense. She’s not bland, she’s just drawn that way. Or more specifically… I don’t think she’s a bad or dislikable character, in herself. It’s the combination of her thinking herself very ordinary and everyone around her lauding her to the skies that turns me off.
Perhaps I especially dislike it because it’s just the sort of fantasy I would’ve gone for when I was an adolescent. Which really gives me a much better understanding of the whole “Twilight” phenomenon.