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June 5, 2012


14 (who?)
  • Mood: Shame
  • Listening to: Criminal by BS
  • Drinking: Water
Other than that "Mary-Sue" croc, another type of character that is heavly bashed are "self-inserts."

Though it's mostly bashed because people attend to lie about their characterstics, personalities, and flaws to make them sound better.
But not all self-inserts are like that.:no:

If the person is being true to one's self (details, flaws, etc.), and if anybody knows that person, they'll see that the person's self-insert character has the flaws and quirks as they do.

As for making one's self-character inter-act, befriending, or even falling in love with a few characters (or vise-versa), a little role-playing doesn't hurt.
It's fun to do every now and then to except reality; as long as you don't go over board and think those characters are real and they are friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/sibling/other relation.

Even famous people put themselves in their shows, movies, stories, and much more, like these examples:…

So the next time you see a self-insert character or create one, make sure you know the person before you go on saying their self-insert is a MS/GS.
And stay true to your persoanlity, no matter how embarrassing, weird, or distgusting your flaws and quirks are.
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TigerBites Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
I kind of disagree. I think you can base some characteristics on yourself, but if you want your character to be well developed, you should try to avoid making a self insert. While self insert characters for fandoms can be good, I've never seen one that's great. The tend to be idealized to a certain extent and misfortunate things rarely happen to them.

In terms of the examples you've given, self inserts aren't appropriate for every storyline. In most of the examples you've given, the self insertion works because the character is simply the everyman showing the audience the setting (like in Dante's Inferno). The focus of the stories tends to be more on the setting or conflict rather than character development (Like in 1984). In something like One Piece, there really is no need for an OC like that.

However, I do agree that the Mary Sue witchhunts have gotten out of hand. Bashing and flaming is really just bullying if you ask me. There's so much blind hate and bashing these days that few people will even accept constructive criticism anymore.
Blinklight Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's quite an interesting insight. C:
TigerBites Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Thanks :)
KessieLou Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I mostly meant about people who just write and draw themselves interacting with the characters, all for the fun of their imaginations.
MaryThaCake Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally agree!! I like to put myself in many shows/movies/books as well, and I have fun so why hating on that? it's me after all... and I'm just Mary, not Mary-Sue xD
KessieLou Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
davidfoxfire Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
If you take away all the Self-Insertion characters in all of fiction, you can be sure that they'll be a lot of empty bookshelves in the world, and in spite of all the trolls cheering, the world will be all the poorer for it.
SonicLadiesMan11 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Umm okay then.
CJFinnegan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not me. I describe my self-insert as being medium height, weighing in at nearly one-seventh of a ton (like Nero Wolfe), and having graying dark hair, bespectacled dark golden brown eyes, and a liberally freckled nose.

In other words, she looks exactly like me.
AstrotheBandiFox Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amen. :nod:
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