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And a Merry Christmas to all you lovely Goys out there.
Climate changes - that's a fact. But let us suppose for a moment that the planet is warming up, let us suppose for a moment that this is due to Human activity.

1: How is this a problem?

2: What solution can you offer?
I've been thinking about Adoptables a lot recently, y'know, adoptable characters, that you can buy or trade from other people, and I find it a little disturbing how very little it takes for someone to call something a character.

I have a character, a Star Wars OC who I adopted from someone else - this person posted in the forums a little contest, and the winner would get the character. I figured, 'sure, why not?' so I won the contest, and I discovered that the character consisted entirely of. . . a name.

No picture, no story, no bio, or description. A name. And that was an adoptable character.

This seems to be an extreme case, but I have other adoptables who, before I got them, consisted of a picture. Again, no name, no description, no bio, a plain, black-and-white lineart picture. I'm sure I am not typical of people who get adoptables, and it could very well be that my experience is nothing like that of most people, but it is a valid experience.
If you make an adoptable, it should have these things:

A picture.

A description.
(a picture is good, a description is good; together, the two are great!)

Something about the character's history.

Something of the character's personality.

I am more than a it tired of adoptable 'characters' who don't have any actual character. If it's something like a pet from a non-sentient species, then character is less important, but it does seem to be something a lot of people forget about.

What do you think? Do people who make adoptables often leave out important things? Or perhaps do some people go a bit overboard? I'd like to know what you think.

My immediate reaction is no. No, Rey is not a Mary-Sue. Because a Mary-Sue wraps the story around herself, until the entire story is about her. That does not happen in Episode VII: she certainly is relevant to the plot, but that’s because she’s the protagonist!

But I can see where these folks have a point: there are things about Rey that grate a bit, how she knows how to do so many things in the movie. I would say that she is on the border. But  let’s put her to the test:


Putting rey to my Mary-Sue test 2.0:

Rey is

More skilled-
She is several times shown to have great skill at several things, particularly, piloting and repairing spaceships. She also is shown to be able to understand droid languages that most people need a translator droid for

More desired-
Different people desire her for different reasons: Discount Vader wants her for the map to Luke, Whatsisname the ex-Stormtrooper is attracted to her, Han Solo sees her as a daughter-figure, etc.

-than any other character.

Subtotal: 4

Subtracting 1 for the scene where she is captured by Discount Vader; he easily subdues her, humiliating her.

Total: 3

Rey’s score:

3 - Borderline.


But I think there is more to say on the subject.

Rey rescues whatsisname the ex-stormtrooper from the tentacle monster, closing the door on the thing to cut its tentacle: she comes there to him, and he is shouting about the door closing on the thing, and she just says ‘That was lucky!’ No more mention of it is made: a Mary-Sue would take credit for saving him, or(more likely) someone else would give her credit, making that bit about her. But that doesn’t happen.

Episode VII is notable for the many fortuitous coincidences that take place in it: Han and Chewie just happening to find Rey and Whatsisname after they lift off the planet, for example. Many coincidences often happen to Mary-Sues, but the coincidences in Episode VII are not all about her.

The defining characteristic of a Mary-Sue is that everything must be about her. Even though she is the protagonist, not everything is about Rey: we see large parts of the movie’s runtime devoted to the other characters, their interactions, their buildup and development.

In conclusion, while there are specific complaints that can be made about the character, most of those made seem to be little above nit-picking: the character herself I found to be a fine protagonist, and I look forward to seeing her journey continue in the coming films.


Jochannon Adar Mahler
I'm a guy with an Autism-Spectrum disorder just trying to get on with life, living on a small Moshav (farming village) app. seven kilometers from Gaza.

I am an editor and publisher, founder and general guy-in-charge of Fanatical-Publishing publisher and editor of BGFS, the fan fiction magazine; come check it out; you won't be disappointed.

I'm also a writer; it is my dream to eventually get paid for my work, but that for now is a pipe dream. In the meantime, I write Sci-Fi and Fantasy, as well as about politics, history, and military theory.

I do fan fiction too; my modern fantasy series 'Lurk' is bogged down(my old computer died, taking all my reference material with it); I also do some Warhammer and WH40K fanfic.

Ive started a superhero series: Gunslinger, visible in the upper-left corner of my page; really good, you should see it.

I draw some too, not very well, but I'm getting better; mostly stuff to illustrate my stories, but also a bunch of random stuff too.

Art Trades:

I'm willing to do just about anything for anybody; just leave a comment anywhere convenient that you want to do one.

Current Residence: house 102 Moshav Shoqeda
Favourite genre of music: Folk, rock, jazz, swing, heavy metal, sea shanties, Irish folk
Favourite photographer: Mark Jones
Favourite style of art: none, really: I like all kinds.
Operating System: Mac(preferred) PC(current)
MP3 player of choice: ipod
Shell of choice: Oyster
Wallpaper of choice: Plain white for me
Skin of choice: My own? Whose else should I be wearing?
Favourite cartoon character: Scooby-Doo
Personal Quote: 'There is nothing inherently wrong with being selfish'
And a Merry Christmas to all you lovely Goys out there.


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