I was browsing the customer reviews section for a book series I really enjoy and happened upon this gem of a character analysis:

"And she’s a special snow flake with a power so unique that no one else has it. In essence, she’s just like every most other urban fantasy heroines that have been cluttering up the landscape as of late.”

This kind of bullshit brush-off of a female protagonist really pisses me off. You know why? Because this basically describes any and every scifi/fantasy protag thought up in the last 60 years, but it’s only ever used when people want to dismiss a female protagonist. I’ve personally never seen a male protagonist getting this kind of condescending dismissal from a reader.

Lemme break this down.

"…a special snow flake with a power so unique that no one else has it.”

Congratulations, you have basically just described:

But do you ever see anyone seriously write off these characters as “special snow flakes”? No, you don’t.

The fact of the matter is that a female protagonist is far more likely to be brushed off as cliched for having the same kind of unique abilities and/or world-saving destinies that these male protagonists have.

I wonder why that is.

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    Mary Sues don’t exist. Just characters you don’t like.
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  12. jzumun said: what book series was this, anyway?
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