Were y'all aware in writing that certain female characters are called "Mary Sues"? I sure wasn't. A Mary Sue is a sort of a wish fulfillment for the writer...a fantasy without any flaws. According to the PTB, this is how the author wishes to see themselves...lucky, beautiful, smart, witty, brave, and always gets the man...kinda like the mounties! Well, duh! Real-l-ly? Just how long did it take someone to figure that one out. It's called fiction for gosh sakes! Who wants to read a story about a sagging, bagging, won't-see-50 again woman? You better believe my heroine is going to be perfect and gorgeous! Which brings me to this. (Were y'all beginning to wonder if I had a point...besides the one on top of my head? Well, I do, so just bear with me!)
Robelyn of Red.Neck Chic fame has given me the Not A Stepford Blog Award created by Six in One Hand and Six Divided by Two (twins Angelique and Misty who are more fun than the law will allow). They created it to reward those who climb out on a limb and swing from it a la Tarzan showing their panties for all the world to see. I'm proud that Rob-Uh-Lynn thinks I'm different. Heck fire, I am different...I've told y'all, Jenn says I'm throwed off! I like to think that's why y'all stop by...if not...don't tell me any different. Let me live here in my fool's paradise.
Now let's return for just a moment to Mary Sue. She's the same. She isn't a Stepford wife, but a strong individual filled with nuances that one person cannot possibly possess, but that's what makes her fun! I can take those qualities that I admire in others and create the PERFECT WOMAN!
To begin with she would have to be Texan...that's a given, but then the fun begins. I can take Lou Cinda's beautiful face and make her blond like Janet, tall with long legs like Rob-Uh-Lynn, and a figure like Adrienne's. (Wouldn't Cat Daddy be a happy man?) I then can add brains out the wazoo like Laura, a gentle, giving heart like Debra's, Patty's rapier wit, the ability to laugh at life and oneself like Tricia, and a vocabulary to match Pam's. Then I would mix in Amy's photography skill ('cause a girl has got to make a living doing something exciting), Jodie's eye for detail, Shelley's sense of style, Dixie's fierce loyalty with just a dash of humor and to round ol' Mary Sue off, I'd throw in Laurie's Southern drawl and upbringing with more than just a touch of Mal's naughtiness....and there you have it...a PERFECT WOMAN! (The only thing missing is a fan to blow the long, blond hair.) Not a one of these great women are guilty of being Stepford anything. Each one is unique and immensely creative with her own formula about how to live, laugh, and love. It's what I strive for and try to emulate...as best I can. It's why I go back time and time again to their blogs to see just what mischief-making they are up to.
So m'ladies...if you like...I pick y'all and now let me know who you find different in this follow-the-pack world we live in.
Introducing Lynea, the QueenPlinker...talk about mad talent...this girl does it all, including making her own hats. Please check her out, tell her I sent you by for a visit, sit a spell, and you can thank me later!
C'mon Mary Sue...we got a book to write 'cause like my mama use to say...it sure isn't going to write itself!