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Posted on 2017.04.25 at 14:55
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riddler

The Monday Poll - Mary Sue and Gary Stu

Posted on 2007.01.15 at 09:01
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Inspired by this post by Paperback Writer and discussions that arose from it.

For a definition of Mary Sue (and her male equivalent Gary Stu), you can go here.


Poll #907225 Mary Sue.

What do you think of Mary Sue stories?

I think they should be forever stamped out--stamped, stamped, stamped!
1(4.8%)
They are a natural part of the evolutionary growth of every fledgling writer, but hopefully we move on from them.
0(0.0%)
A little Mary Sue never hurt any story, as long as it doesn't pervert story values and become the dominant theme.
2(9.5%)
Any time a writer inserts even a small amount of wish fulfillment into a story, it's Mary Sueism.
0(0.0%)
Every writer slips wish fulfillment into their stories, it's just a matter of how skillfully they cover their tracks.
2(9.5%)
Mary Sue sucks, but Gary Stu's okay.
0(0.0%)
Trying too hard to avoid Mary Sue can lead to stories just as sterile as Mary Sue stories.
0(0.0%)
You can never try too hard to avoid Mary Sue.
0(0.0%)
I knew Mary Sue. Mary Sue was a friend of mine. You're no Mary Sue.
0(0.0%)
Last time I heard, she was dating Captain Jack Sparrow.
0(0.0%)
Mary Sue is so ticky.
0(0.0%)
Other (insert yourself in the comments)
0(0.0%)

Special bonus question: would you rather write a story that was loved, or one that was admired? (Yes, I know it's possible to do both, but no waffling allowed on this one.)

Loved
17(81.0%)
Admired
2(9.5%)
Decline to ticky.
1(4.8%)


Poll #902807 True crime stories.

True crime stories are...

morbid. I can't see how anyone could enjoy them.
0(0.0%)
mmm mmm mmm. My meat and potatoes.
0(0.0%)
too scary and gross. I don't like them.
1(6.2%)
aren't morbid. They're noir. The two are completely different.
0(0.0%)
the only true reality.
0(0.0%)
a giving into negativity.
0(0.0%)
a morality play warning us to watch our step.
1(6.2%)
fascinating glimpses into the human psyche.
3(18.8%)
darkly, utterly fascinating. You either get it or you don't.
1(6.2%)
only appeal to those who enjoy salaciousness and a break down in social order.
0(0.0%)
a chance to experience the dark side without getting your hands dirty.
0(0.0%)
a frank acknowledgement that the world is more dangerous than we like to admit.
1(6.2%)
headline-grabbing tickies!
0(0.0%)
Other (perpetrate in the comments)
0(0.0%)

Happy New Year everyone! May 2007 bring you many blessings.

Poll #898535 New Year's resolutions.

When it comes to New Year's resolutions, you can say this about me:

I always make them and always keep them.
0(0.0%)
I always make them but I rarely keep them.
0(0.0%)
I don't even bother to make them anymore because I know I won't keep them.
1(5.9%)
I don't call them resolutions. I call them "suggested life path alterations."
0(0.0%)
I don't call them resolutions. I call them "acknowledgement of guilt over holiday excess."
0(0.0%)
Huh?
0(0.0%)
I may not make resolutions, but I get the sense of starting the new year with a clean slate.
2(11.8%)
January 1 is just a number on a calendar.
2(11.8%)
Resolutions are for the little people. I vow to live my life in total, skull-crushing hedonism and arrogance.
2(11.8%)
I resolve not to make resolutions.
0(0.0%)
Does anyone know a good hangover remedy?
1(5.9%)
I will ticky more in 2007.
2(11.8%)
Other (resolve to speak in comments?)
0(0.0%)


riddler

The Monday Poll - Holiday shopping

Posted on 2006.12.18 at 10:11
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Since next Monday is Christmas, I think the poll will be on hiatus next week. Here's the last one for the year. Happy holidays, ya'll.

Poll #891184 Holiday shopping.

Holiday shopping is...

a blood sport, best undertaken by adrenaline junkies
1(4.3%)
one of life's grand adventures
0(0.0%)
one of those obligations that must be gotten over with
0(0.0%)
a way of life
0(0.0%)
a way of saying how much you love your friends and family
0(0.0%)
like a war campaign, complete with battle plans
1(4.3%)
a once lovely ritual that's gotten completely out of hand
2(8.7%)
best done online
1(4.3%)
like a ballet, only longer and more brutal
1(4.3%)
a psychological substitute for hunter/gatherer behavior
3(13.0%)
soylant green!
1(4.3%)
a tickyfest
1(4.3%)
Other (your two cents in comments?)
1(4.3%)


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