Writing About Writing: A once-a-week post about some aspect of writing. I’m not an expert; I’m just some guy. Take it with a grain of salt.
Let me get this out of the way up front: This is going to be more “just my opinion” than most of these posts.
But I really hate when I can tell that your main character is you.
Like, really hate it.
It’s like watching someone masturbate – not the porn star version, a regular person who I’m not dating or into. Kinda gross, mostly boring and totally not why I’m here (yeah yeah some people like it blah blah relax, it’s a joke).
Mary Sues are a cliche in fanfiction. People take some shit that doesn’t include them and just add themselves in, as though all the fans of that thing were sitting around thinking, “You know what my favorite show was missing? This random ass person I don’t know.”
But, sadly, it’s not just fanfiction. Real deal authors make themselves main characters all the damn time. I can always sniff it out. Like, it has an actual odor to me. Because it’s boring, bad, annoying writing.
Of course there are exceptions etc etc blah blah blah. But as a rule, it isn’t good. Like, not even a little.