Fans of popular TV shows, movies, and books sometimes write stories known as “fanfic”. Often these stories feature a character who is an annoyingly perfect stand-in for the writer; such a character is known as a “Mary Sue“. [Warning: Link contains TVtropes.]
Such works often garner criticism from other fans, such as the following:
please stop it. Your [Original Main character], Obama, is the worst Sue I’ve seen in a long time. Your Work In Progress] has been going on for a while now, with frequent updates, but so far, we haven’t seen a single flaw. Coolest guy in town, funny, smart as a particularly smart whip, easily catches the eye of every swing state, about to adopt a puppy… even rappers like him. Rappers! The world is a hostile place. Suspicious European governments aren’t going to be excited to the point of dribbling on their shirts the moment he appears on their doorstep. 200,000 people in Berlin? Come on. That name alone. Seriously, what’s with people and their love for unusual names? John and Bill are perfectly fine for a president. Or Milhous. Even worse, your John McCain is completely [Out Of Character]. That man’s a war hero, he’s not going to suddenly, I don’t know, campaign with a fake plumber or something, just to make your character look better. Even more ridiculous: al Qaeda endorsing McCain to show how awesome your Sue is. And I’m not even talking about Sarah Palin. The world doesn’t work that way.
However, the worst thing is the puppy. Please, don’t let him have a puppy. If that happens, the planet will spontaneously combust to be replaced by a big ball of fluff and sunshine. Seriously. Al Gore was bad enough–Oscar AND Nobel Prize, puh-lease–but at least he had the decency to lose the election. For the love of puppies, give us some flaws, something to work with, okay?
Lots of love,
[Acronyms expanded and links to definitions provided for the uninitiated. Hi Mom!]
Sometimes, such criticism is deemed overly harsh:
Your review is too negative. You’re required to offer constructive criticism rather than just flaming America. After all, they’re young and they’re still trying.
Your Forum Moderator,
I don’t care who you are, that’s funny.