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17 September 2012

Do You Know What's a Mary Sue?

We have all heard about fanfiction. Some people wonder what's so great about fanfiction and why are people so obsessed with it. It's simple. People fantasize. It's like little girls fantasy to be in the shoe of the fairy tale princess. The same logic applies to Mary Sue.

What's a fanfic? 
Fanfic is works written by fans on based on their favorite pairings. Some writers create their own characters (OC) to interact with the canon characters. Occasionally, some female writers get too obsessed with one particular character. In this case, she creates a character that she wishes is herself. This type of character is called Mary Sue.

What's a Mary Sue?

Mary Sue is the embodiment of the writer's fantasy character. She is generally flawless, talented, pretty, irresistible  Nearly everyone wants to have a go with her. Mary Sues differ from Original Characters because they are mostly disliked by other readers. They are also the central character the story spins around. The canon characters are just there to satisfy her superiority. Mary Sues are so perfect that they become extremely annoying. People read fanfic because they want to fantasize their favorite pairing... not about some bimbo hottie getting the dude. Of course, the Mary Sue writers don't see it that way. To them, their Mary Sue is perfect. Perfect for the male canon character the author desires (in another word, Mary Sue = author themselves sexing up the male).

You can probably tell from my tone that I loathe Mary Sues... I avoid them like plague. I can rant on and on until I bore you all away, but I'm not going to do that. I'm going to show you an amazing parody song... No one can explains the definition of Mary Sue better than this.

But I have to show you one perfect example of Mary Sue... Even a noob reader can tell it's her! (I'm still debating whether the writer is a troll or a really, really, really desperate girl) Behold the infamous My Immortal that most Harry Potter fanfic readers know about... if you don't know about it... now you do! (Ps. I feel mean laughing at it but as a normal human being... it's irresistible!)

Chapter 1.
AN: Special fangz (get it, coz Im goffik) 2 my gf (ew not in that way) raven, bloodytearz666 4 helpin me wif da story and spelling. U rok! Justin ur da luv of my deprzzing life u rok 2! MCR ROX!

Hi my name is Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way and I have long ebony black hair (that's how I got my name) with purple streaks and red tips that reaches my mid-back and icy blue eyes like limpid tears and a lot of people tell me I look like Amy Lee (AN: if u don't know who she is get da hell out of here!). I'm not related to Gerard Way but I wish I was because he's a major fucking hottie. I'm a vampire but my teeth are straight and white. I have pale white skin. I'm also a witch, and I go to a magic school called Hogwarts in England where I'm in the seventh year (I'm seventeen). I'm a goth (in case you couldn't tell) and I wear mostly black. I love Hot Topic and I buy all my clothes from there. For example today I was wearing a black corset with matching lace around it and a black leather miniskirt, pink fishnets and black combat boots. I was wearing black lipstick, white foundation, black eyeliner and red eye shadow. I was walking outside Hogwarts. It was snowing and raining so there was no sun, which I was very happy about. A lot of preps stared at me. I put up my middle finger at them.

"Hey Ebony!" shouted a voice. I looked up. It was…. Draco Malfoy! 

"What's up Draco?" I asked.

"Nothing." he said shyly. 

But then, I heard my friends call me and I had to go away. 

AN: IS it good? PLZ tell me fangz! 

Best. Conversation. Ever.
Basically, the whole story (read it for pure entertainment) is about this irresistible 'goffik girl' and her love for Draco and his gay lover Harry Potter who is called... Vampire... (I'm laughing so hard right now... Vampire... oh dear *wipe tears*). Long story short, Ebony is an emo girl who shops at Hot Topic and hates preps/posers. She wears fishnet, black gothic dresses with a shitload of pink. She has the tendency to slice her arm whenever she is depressed for no reason whatsoever. Hmmm... Draco is a whim. Harry is ... I don't even know. 

Oh, and one of my favorite descriptions of Voldemort. 

Then all of a suddenly, an horrible man with red eyes and no nose and everything started flying towards me on a broomstick! He didn't have a nose (basically like Voldemort in the movie) and he was wearing all black but it was obvious he wasn't gothic. It was… Voldemort!

"Ebony." he yelled. "Thou must kill Vampire Potter!" 

Voldemort gave me a gun.

YEAH! Because using a wand is too mainstream! And describing a character by comparing him to himself before introducing his name is totally hipster... Hell this sentence makes no sense! I wanted to add how hipster Voldemort would look with big frame glasses, then I realize... he doesn't have a nose... sad imaginative blogger is sad.

Another priceless line from My Immortal:

We started to kiss everywhere and my pale body became all warm. And then….


It was….Dumbledore!

Oh, you are sooo nasty Dumbledore. I laugh so hard I have tears in my eyes. Ah, I haven't laughed this much. If I kicked a puppy by accident and I should read this again... I bet I will feel like an angel afterward. 

I happen to find another equally priceless fanfic that I will blog later. For now, let's just enjoy this wonderland Mary Sue fanfic. 

So before you whoop your ass out of here to find the fanfic:

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31 August 2012

Shop at Second Hand Stores?

For this week's Era Fey Experiences, we'll be looking at second hand stores and their products. I'm sure they are a few in your local area (unless you are super rich and dandy then no). Just go check them out sometimes. They might have some good things. Remember the saying "One person's trash is another person's treasure".

Many of you (especially if you live in North America) have visited second hand stores like Value Village, Renaissance...etc, so you know more or less how it looks like. Rows and rows of worn clothing, shelves after shelves of used tableware, a cluster of furniture and many other junks with dirt cheap price.

My family rarely buys anything from secondhand stores because my mom is full of pride and we aren't financially struggling. On rare occasions, my dad bought a shoe rack for like $5 and a gorgeous atmospheric lamp for $10. My mom would throw a fit when she realized where the furniture came from. Anyhow, I love to go to secondhand store for one purpose (one that my mom allows me to have concerning secondhand stores)... Curious? Here's why.

I'm sure every one of us go there for a reason. Some buy secondhand goods because they want good bargain while others are collectors of antique. I'm going to tell you why I am always excited to go to secondhand stores. When I walk through their front door, my eyes scanned the place very quickly until I see a huge pile of books. You can see my eyes sparkle BLING! BLING! Yup! I am a book scavenger! I absolutely love book hunting. The secondhand stores satisfy that weird hobby of mine perfectly. Sometimes you find goodies, sometimes you don't. Your failures added up and turn into sweet happiness when you got what you like. To me, finding a good book at thrift stores is a fun challenge that I'm always ready for! So when I see a bookshelf, it has my 200% attention. I don't even bother to look at anything else. I'm going to show you one of my proudest collection of books I bought from thrift shops... behold and be jealous... well not really unless you are huge Harry Potter fans like me!

My beautiful collection (I just realize my OFTP is soft cover... must go hunting again) I bought them all from secondhand stores (trip after trip) Of course I have some I bought new from the stores but if I show them, it will beat the purpose of this post. Anyway, just see how beautiful they are. *Tears*

My favorite prices! See below for price comparison...

(See how new they are? It's like I just bought them straight from the bookstore!)

If I estimate correctly, I spent $21 on the whole series! OMG! Mother of sweet prices... Let's see how much this would have cost me if I had bought them at a retail store... (note: hardcover price)

Harry Potter and:
The Philosopher's Stone: $19.95 ($1.99)
The Chamber of Secrets: $19.95 ($1.99)
The Prisoner of Azkaban: $19.95 ($1.99)
The Goblet of Fire: $35 ($3.99)
The Order of Phoenix (Soft cover): $18.95 ($2.99)
The Half Blood Prince: $41 ($2.99)
The Deathly Hallows: $45 ($4.99)

That's a total of $199.80!!!! Holy Guacamole! I thought they would be expensive but I didn't know it would be that much! WOOHOOOO! I feel like a winner for buying $200 worth of books for $21! That's 10% of the original price!

I have never been that proud. The books are all in brand new conditions. If fact, I like them so much I bought a double for some (because of their cover). I'm that crazy for Harry Potter books. Let's see I have 3 Book 1, 2 Book 3, 2 Book 4, 2 Book 6 & 2 Book 7... crazy!

Of course I bought other books too! They are obviously cheap and worthy! LOVE BOOK HUNTING!

My advise (f you are buying books) is to scoop around your local thrift stores. If you can't find it then go ahead and buy it at retail/online stores. You just can't win at everything. I'm lucky enough that I found these books on my visits. Let's say if I had gone to the stores a day late, the book might not be there anymore. So yeah... it's like my calling to buy those books.

Hmmm for the other products, I'm not an expert. I do know you can find branded clothing if you are lucky. I would recommend you to buy non-branded clothing in retails unless you are in love with those you saw in the secondhand stores. I don't remember the exact price for a shirt... somewhere around the range of $3.99. I mean it's still cheap but it's not worthy when there's a retail clothing store next door that was selling fancy shirts on promotion for $5-$10. It's just $1 difference. Might as well get it new.

You should only buy things that you feel really happy on getting. Don't just buy it because it's cheap otherwise it will just end up as junk at your place. My motto for shopping is "You must be in love with the product. It's a 'If-I-don't-have-it-I-might-faint' disease." Trust me, it works like magic once you get a hang of it. You will be a happier and richer person.

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