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Man from U.N.C.L.E. Section VII

Public Relations and Propaganda or How We See It

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Reaping Mary Sue, prologue. A Mary Sue plot summary.
reapermum wrote in section7mfu
mrua7 and I were chatting to sort out ideas about Mary Sue, and where you draw the line between a MS and a useful Original Character. The way I see the difference is that a MS is an intrusive character, who takes over a story drawing attention from the main characters and doing the things that they should do to move the plot along.

And though I can't write stories I can sometimes come up with a plot summary. So here's what I came up with as a MS plot. You'll have to add the pretty words yourselves.

Mark's sister, Mary Sue, comes over to NY for a visit. She is a ravishing beauty and fiendishly intelligent. Illya falls for her (Napoleon makes a peripheral appearance in the story to decide she's too good for him and leaves her to Illya) and takes her out to dinner and the theatre. But nothing beyond hand holding and gentle kissing because she's a respectable girl.

Illya tells her about his childhood in a Russian orphanage, which he has not confided to anyone else before, and shows her the medallion which is the only memento he has of his lost family. She then returns to her work in Europe as her holiday is over. Illya is heart broken but realises it has to be. Mr Waverley would like to ask her to join UNCLE but knows that her work is more important than theirs (she's going to eliminate world poverty or find a cure for cancer).

Mary Sue thought she had seen a medallion like Illya's before, but doesn't say anything to him about it. She wants to confirm her suspicions first, before she says anything. Back in Europe she goes to see her colleague who has a similar medallion and gets him to talk about his family. When he was small his family were on a diplomatic mission to Russia, but were caught up in one of Stalin's purges. The family managed to flee the country back to their native Sweden but in the chaos the baby was lost and left behind. They never managed to find the baby or learn what had happened to him, and their mother still mourned his loss.

Mary Sue arranges for the family to go to NY where she reunites them all. "Oh, Mary Sue, how can we ever thank you." Illya now becomes Swedish (a much better nationality than Russian, cos nobody likes Russians)

So she's supposed to be annoying? :)

Edited at 2013-02-16 06:35 pm (UTC)

Not intentionally, but then we all have people we find irritating.

That's a great plot summary and I definitely resent (possibly even hate) MS, even though she has cured cancer and ended world poverty during her brief sojourn back in Europe and has began work on a universal translator a la Star Trek on the flight back from NYC.

I think you have hit the nail on the head with this.

Edited at 2013-02-16 06:37 pm (UTC)

Thank you, my mission has succeeded.

I agree, you've definitely hit the nail on the MS head. Glad you posted this!

It's a pity I can't write. I blame it all on lab reports, I could write pages of reports, all in the passive voice and totally without feeling.

That actually could be an interesting POV on a story.

Thank you. That's a delightful plot - and I love the punch line!

She's not very Mary Sue, because Illya hasn't decided his love for her is greater than his love for UNCLE.


She's not very Mary Sue, because Illya hasn't decided his love for her is greater than his love for UNCLE.

There are limits to how far I'll go.

I think we ought to write this one. Perhaps a group project, like a round robin. Diabolical and fun :D

I already started writing it...should I post it...just a beginning. I did change the name slightly

If you have it in hand then finish it if you like. We can pick it up if you'd rather do it that way, I just didn't want it to go to waste ;)

Let's have some fun adding to it, using Linda's plot line as the parameters.

If the rest of you will flesh out those bare bones and make a real story that would be great. :~)

Who knows where you all could take it.

I think you've started something that will be quite fun. We wanted to do a MS challenge, but didn't quite know how to get it going and you solved that very nicely. Thanks Linda!

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