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What's with the name?

Allow us to explain.

Join Us for a Special The Mary Sue Announcement


As we all know, women do not present a large enough portion of the audience for geek media for anyone to care about, and so, in an effort to widen our audience, The Mary Sue will be rebranding to The Marty Stu. You can expect to see the changes start rolling out next week. We’ll be replacing Leela with her co-star Fry, above. Instead of Hermione at the top of our header, you’ll see Harry. Instead of Starbuck, Starbuck. We trust that our loyal readership will stay with us through this brief time of change. If you don’t, you were probably just a fake geek anyway.

Click on, for more details of these changes!

Yeah, we were joking. This was our one, and only, April Fools joke. Hopefully it was obvious! If not, here’s the Internet’s most famous huggable kitten to sooth your jangled nerves.

And here’s the trailer for next week’s episode of Doctor Who, should your inclinations align in such a way.

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  • Anonymous

    Oh comon – give us some credit! You didn’t have to blow the whistle on your own sweet little April Fool’s Day joke. Are you really that scared of the Wrath of The Fake Geek Girl? :D

    Also, was I the only one to think “No. you RUN away!” to that trailer…

  • Anonymous

    :P

    I still think “Mary Sue” should apply to male characters. It’s a broad term. Also, I hate the term “Marty Stu”; it just doesn’t have the same catch to it.

    Question: Is Jean Valjean a Mary Sue?

  • http://twitter.com/Totz_the_Plaid Totz_the_Plaid

    Knew it was a joke, but clicked through from Facebook to see if you’d mocked up character pics for a male version of your rotating character logo.

  • Liz Wright

    I laughed out loud at “Instead of Starbuck, Starbuck.”

  • Truit Beasley

    Q: How many feminists does it take to chage a lightbulb?

    A: That’s not funny!

  • Anonymous

    Aren’t you concerned that calling out bad examples of characters under a strictly feminine context would be unfair to women? Just reinforces girly stuff = bad stuff (which is already the problem with the term Mary Sue, since as we can easily point out, there’s a boat load of male wish fulfillment characters and we never cared before).

  • Canisa

    Q: How many feminists does it take to change a lightbulb?

    A: Ten. One to change the lightbulb and nine to hold off the inevitable hordes of MRAs screaming “THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH THE LIGHTBULB!”

  • Anonymous

    Good point.

    BTW: Personally, i kind of don’t find SuesStues bad per se. The 1632-series as well as the Honor Harrington-Books for example are full of them, and yet i kind of like both series. Of course it probably depends on the definition. The S(t)ues in both series actually do stuff and are (imho at least) likeable.

  • Anonymous

    A joke which works best when you are a) a feminist, and b) funny, and c) say the punchline in the most deadpan voice imaginable.*

    *only to be used when you really want to confuse your friends

  • Anonymous

    “We don’t need to change the lightbulb, we need to change the system!”

  • Truit Beasley

    Thanks for embodying the joke! Happy AFD! ” I really enjoy this blog. I know, “With friends like me…” Be well.

  • Stuart Pickles

    I think it is a great idea.

  • Anonymous

    Troll rating: 2 stars out of 5

    Lukewarm at best; not sure if that was an insult or even a comprehensible arrangement of words. Be well.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a fair point, but I just find that though the term originated as a feminine character epithet, it so perfectly encapsulates what defines a bad character in general that I personally never associated it as a feminine-targeted put down because of its origins.

    Plus, to me, “Marty Stu” sounds like some unimaginative fan-ficcer’s poor attempt at term reversal: missing the forest for the trees, a name that superficially represents the reversal, but doesn’t refer to anything in particular. A better term probably wouldn’t be a male-inversion of the name, but instead a name that actually encapsulated the same feeling or referenced a similar character. A Mary Sue and a Wesley Crusher, perhaps?

  • Truit Beasley

    Not an insult. I DO enjoy this site! Happy April Fool’s Day again! I meant ”With friends like me, who needs enemies!” Cripes!

  • Truit Beasley

    You were more than generous with the troll rating! I’m done.

  • Anonymous

    My wife and I read “The Mary Sue” on a daily basis looking for information on one of our favorite shows (Dr. Who), and to see what else is going on. While the wife isn’t a “girl geek” by any stretch, I on the other hand have been involved in computers since 1976, so I am a full-fledged geek. We both read the “headline” and immediately got ticked off about the “name change”, until I opened the article and read farther. I had forgotten this was “April Fools Day”, so I admit, I fell for it as did the wife. We are both very glad it was a joke.

  • Canisa

    “It’s natural for rooms to be dark at night; you can’t do anything to change that!”

  • Anonymous

    “That’s very problematic reasoning, borderline circuitshaming.”

  • Anonymous

    Generally, one, but if a ladder is needed, it would be good safety practice for a second one to be present to hold said ladder. (Except if it’s a stepladder and the light hangs low enough to be reachable from one of the lower steps).

  • Canisa

    “You’re stealing that lightbulb from MEN!”

  • Canisa

    I don’t need a ladder. Ladders are long and thin, after all, and good feminists must have no dealings with such phallic symbols of the patriarchy. A true advocate of righteous female superiority will stand upon the comparatively more yonic chair.

  • Anonymous

    This was the best. lol

  • Anonymous

    PHEW I WAS SCARED FOR A SEC… even though i am a boy…