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Is Mirov a "Mary Sue"?

First, let's define the term "Mary Sue."

"Mary Sue" is defined as "a term used to describe a fictional character, usually female, who is seen as too perfect and almost boring for lack of flaws, originally written as an idealized version of an author in fanfiction." (*Dictionary.com)

Is Mirov a "Mary Sue?" Short answer...NO! Let me be clear. FUCK NO!

I believe in the storytelling principle that no one in the story should get the shit kicked out of them more than the main protagonist. 

I documented my opinions on protagonists here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LN1tysv_BU

"I believe you should beat the living shit out of your protagonist." - Me.

Anastasia Mirov is a female and a badass for reasons made clear in the story's unfolding. I won't spoil my book, so you'll have to read it for the answers. I wanted to have a new heroine in the spirit of The Terminator's Sarah Connor, Alien's Ripley, and Kill Bill's Beatrix. There have been many other female heroes, but I wanted one in the mold of my favorite Holy Trinity of Female Protagonists.

I won't elaborate and try to compare Ana to those three heroes. That would only embarrass me, and I make no assumption that Mirov belongs in their company yet. 

 

Find more on her creation here: https://www.mirov.com/title-and-inspiration
 
Here are a few character traits Mirov has that would make her less than "perfect."​

  • Impatient

  • Arrogant

  • Impetuous

  • Resentful

  • Quick to vengeance

  • Not the best transport pilot

  • She doesn't let anything go...at all.

 
Her main strengths are her resiliency and tenacity. However, to her detriment, she doesn't know the meaning of the word quit.

When it comes to the female body's strengths and weaknesses compared to the male body's, I suggest you read the book. Everything makes sense in the sci-fi action world built in the novel.

 

Beyond the notes written here, I can only tell you what my novel is or isn't. Your preferences about gender and heroic depictions are yours to understand and resolve. Anastasia Mirov is a flawed yet persistent heroine in a story that moves as fast as any action adventure I can imagine.

 
Thanks,
David C. Hoke

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