Author has written 5 stories for Transformers/Beast Wars.
Hello, and welcome to the page of the Cheeky Little Lass.
I'm 30, I'm a designer and teacher living in the UK. I love to write and fanfiction is my guilty pleasure. I started out when an ankle injury forced me to take it easy in late 2009, and never stopped. :-)
At the moment I'm writing Transformer fics, my imagination has been captured by (you guessed it) the Starscream and Alexis plotline. I started thinking about how I would write this relationship and the 'Uneasy' series was born.
Elsewhere, I like to sew, draw, paint, write. I do freelance design and illustration which, whilst not making much money, is a childhood ambition fulfilled, so yay to me!
I took a Mary Sue Test!
For some reason the phenomenom in fan fiction known as Mary Sue has been on my mind lately. I decided to read up on what exactly makes a Mary Sue, and whether my Alexis falls into this category. I’ve always tried to make her as believable as possible, after all, the whole reason I decided to write these stories is I found the original Alexis storyline a disappointing, wasted opportunity.
Anyway, I ended up taking two Mary Sue tests online! It was great fun, and whilst a lot of the questions didn’t apply to my character, they certainly made me more aware of the clichés that writers often find themselves bolting onto their stories, in particular, projecting an ideal version of themselves onto the character. You can find links to the tests at the bottom of the page. The first test yielded this outcome:
“Alexis is only a little like you. She isn't really very cool: she blends into crowds, she hangs out on the fringes at parties, and wearing shades after dark makes her run into things. There's never been anything special about her that she could see; boy, is she in for a surprise. She's come in for her share of hurt, but gotten off with minor damage. And she's gotten no slack from you. In general, you care deeply about Alexis, but you're smart enough to let her stand on her own, without burdening her with your personal fantasies or propping her up with idealization and over-dramatization. Alexis is a healthy character with a promising career ahead of her.”
Score: 18. (out of a possible 100)
Oddly enough, the second test yielded the same number, this time out of a possible 170:
“15-20 - Borderline character. Characters in this range are potential MS's, who can go either way dependent on the author's skill.”
I feel happy with that. I think Alexis will always have an element of Mary Sue-ness, she has several things stacked against her from the beginning. I’ve tried to keep mine as far from perfect as I can. My Alexis has no magic powers, no defining physical characteristics (in fact I shy away from describing her much at all, save for a curvy figure and curly hair). She drinks too much, has a short temper, is technically able but certainly not brilliant. It made me start to think about ways in which my Alexis could be a Mary Sue, according to these tests.
1. Her mother died at some point in the past. BUT in my defence, this was only ever mentioned once by her own dad, and I’ve never really incorporated it into her past. My Alexis doesn’t tend to dwell on past sadness. Of course she misses her mum, but to me it’s irrelevant to the story.
2. Captured and put into slavery.
Well, yeah, she was. Pretty clichéd I guess. But also (let’s not forget fan fiction is meant to be FUN) it was a delicious excuse to have a few chapters where Starscream got to be Evil Owner, something I couldn’t pass up.
3. Befriended an ‘evil character who reforms’? Well, she’s certainly befriended Starscream, but I have tried hard to let him keep his evil persona, as for me, the moment Starscream becomes ‘good,’ he ceases to be interesting. So, maybe half and half there. As for falling in love with him – my views on this have always been a bit vague, and I'm not a fan of the slushy romance you seem to come across a lot on this site. There is definitely tension there... but love? Wait and see...
Anyway, it was a cool thing to do!