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My Sue-ish self - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
My Sue-ish self
At mctabby's suggestion, digging up our early Mary Sues to show a bit of solidarity and sympathy for Suethors. Alas, I am an ancient person, and mine are in notebooks which, if still in the land of the living at all, are in Albuquerque. I can give you my ancient fandom page--linked to a couple of months ago because I was feeling nostalgic--showing me dressed up as Ciji Skywalker and a bit of teenage writing (not featuring Ciji, alas). Later, I'll see if I can find drawings (complete with fake calligraphy labels) to scan in; I think I have them. I've posted bits and pieces, but here's the whole sordid story. Including her career goal.

For now, just a synopsis.

Images of Darkness picks up twenty years after the fall of the Empire. Everyone is cheerfully living on Endor. My dear Sue, Ciji Alicia Skywalker, is Luke's only child. Her mother, Camie, died in a fire when Ciji was five. Unbeknownst to anyone else, Ciji witnessed the beginning of this fire, which was her mother being murdered by Vito Palpatine, the Emperor's son. No, no romance--he's a gross middle-aged guy played by Baltar from Battlestar Galactica.

When she's sixteen, her cousin Kata Solo starts her Jedi training, along with a girl who's pretending to be someone else, but is actually Jana Solo, Han's sister. For some reason (orphaned, maybe?), Biggs Darklighter's niece, Danae, who is Ciji's bestest friend in the galaxy, also lives in Bunkersville, and has a room at the Calrissians' (Lando, Phaedra, and Lando, Jr.--Lando is President of the Galaxy). The four girls always hang out together. Danae coaches Lando Jr's soccer team, and Ciji coaches her younger cousin Ben Solo's.

Ciji wants to be a singer, like her mother (who, with Lando's wife, founded Cadra Studios), and won't study Jedi stuff with her father. She spends a lot of time hanging out with her grandfather's ghost, and Anakin spends a lot of time telling Luke to pay more attention to Ciji, who feels neglected. Ciji starts using the Dark Side every time she gets ticked off--making doors and windows slam and so on. Luke, mysteriously, does nothing about this. Anakin notices, but Luke doesn't listen to him.

On the twentieth anniversary of the Battle of Bunkersville, all the adults go off to Yavin. No, it doesn't make sense. It's a plot device, because, you see, while all the grown-ups are gone, Vito and his thugs kidnap little Ben Solo! With the help of Vito's daughter Nina, the four girls steal the Millennium Falcon--I'm not sure why neither Han nor Lando was flying it to Yavin--and go to Anoat, which is where Vito's been hanging out. I don't remember how, but they get separated. Jana, Kata, and Dani are helping Nina escape, I think, while Ciji goes after Ben. She finds him, but runs straight into Vito, and they have a regular old Force-showdown. Her weapon of choice is the set of torches he has around the room, which flare every time she gets annoyed. His weapon is a knife. He stabs her. She sets him on fire. He dies. She almost dies.

She wakes up on Endor in the hospital, where she's been in a coma (she's allergic to bacta, so that it's much more dramatic than just dumping her in a vat, you see). Luke has been sitting by her, telling her what an awful father he's been and promising that he'll do better. She forgives him and they get all weepy. Then she randomly falls in love with an orderly named Tenar Hilliard, who's half-human, half-Dagobahlian--kind of a tall young Yoda, except cute, and that's the end.

A Separate Peace. Phineas, you know, had a twin sister. Her name was Phyllis Ann (they have a younger Sue sister named Francie, too, but I never played with her much). Phyllis Ann casually sleeps with Brinker Hadley, is very compassionate about Leper Lepellier, and is madly in love with Gene Forrester, who denies her to himself over his guilt about Finny's accident. After Gene's visit to Devon (the frame story), they get back together and have a baby who's more or less a reincarnation of Phineas.

Lord of the Flies. I don't even remember her name. She is Simon's blind (and orphaned) sister, and when Ralph goes back to England, he starts looking after her. Eventually, under the shadow of Jack running for office (and Ralph being dragged into a counter-run against his will), they fall in love and live happily ever after.

Okay, so I was more given to daughter-Sues and sister-Sues...

Mysterious Cities of Gold. Her name was Maruca, and she was a foundling who had mysterious control over the water (as Esteban had it over the sun). She was raised in a convent, and she and Esteban were arranged to be married, though neither of them was into the concept, though they're friends. Esteban comes back to Spain for Mendoza's funeral and he finds out that everyone thought he was dead and poor Maruca is about to be forced into marriage to an older rich man. Esteban has already married Zia by this point, but they rescue Maruca. Whether or not she fell in love with Tao or got into a triangle situation on the Esteban front, I don't remember.

Ah, yes. Confession is good for the soul...

Added PS: I'm getting together with two of the friends with whom I did Images (they created Jana and Danae) for our Episode 3 reunion this spring. They're both RPGers (GURPS), and they are designing a game in which we will dust the Sues off and bring them back to life. Yay! CIJI LIIIIIIIIVES! :p

EDIT IN: For the record of the bizarre, I still like all of these Sues. Every last one of them. They're horrible, melodramatic, and in the case of Maruca part of a fandom I flirted with for maybe six months and haven't thought about since. But I have a deep and abiding love for them. Phyllis-Ann grew up to bec a real character with her own stories (none really finished) and, er, a somewhat more reined in libido, and Ciji... well, I don't write her anymore, but I still play with the idea of her from time to time. And just thinking about Simon's unnamed blind sister makes me want to try and remember how that story went. It seems in my head like it wasn't a bad one, as such things go.
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sreya From: sreya Date: November 8th, 2004 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Then she randomly falls in love with an orderly named Tenar Hilliard, who's half-human, half-Dagobahlian--kind of a tall young Yoda, except cute, and that's the end.

*giggling* Aha! And we discover proof of Fern's crush on Yoda.....
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 8th, 2004 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
What can I say? I had preternaturally good taste in males. :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 8th, 2004 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)


I check in here every once in a while to see how Shifts is going, but I had to reply to this! You've brought back fond memories of all my adolescent Sues!

I was also a primarily sister/daughter-Sue. Kireta Solo (who eventually morphed into a real character, whom I love); Elara something-or-other (Obi-wan's apprentice after Anakin); the Six-Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman Sue, whose name I don't recall; and loads of "Adventure Game" Sues that I forced upon my brothers.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane!


p.s. I am now trying to figure out *what* I was thinking having Leia and Han living on Tatooine (?!), while Luke surfs the galaxy with his wife, er, Rita (not my Sue).
vytresna From: vytresna Date: November 8th, 2004 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Say, Fern, while you're on an original-fiction kick, whatever happened to your interstellar-flight-attendant story?
mylla From: mylla Date: November 8th, 2004 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
You were a Mysterious Cities of Gold fan? You're even better than I thought!

I really never did the Sue thing in any fandom - I definitely wanted to be Zia and tried to fix my hair like hers, though. :P
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