1. They're so freaking perfect.
Come on girl, you're making me feel bad about myself. Even your tears make you seem beautiful. Whatever happened to ugly crying?
|Ugly crying at it's finest.|
2. Oh look, there comes Gary Stu.
It seems whenever a Mary Sue is the MC, a Gary Stu walks in to steal her heart with his emerald green eyes, chiseled cheekbones, roguish smile, and impeccable hair. Great, except he's usually boring as heck and I hate overly sappy romance.
|STAHP. This is not an entertaining romance, this is gag inducing.|
3. The Lack of Diversity
Mary Sues seem to always be super slender, with perfect hair, skin and teeth, and they are almost always white. I think this type of character is way overrepresented in YA literature; I would like to see some more diversity. There are all types of girls, not just one cookie cutter type that can be slightly changed for every book. (On a side note, I have heard that 2015 is supposed to be a great year for diverse MCs, so fingers crossed that happens!)
One of the greatest things about YA novels is that I can personally relate to the characters, no matter how different their stories are, where they come from, what they look like, because they share some of the same flaws or the same character traits to me, or react in a way similar to how I would in a certain situation. However, Mary Sues just don't spark that connection. You can't relate to someone who is so unattainably and unrealistically perfect. They're too boring.