OC does not automatically equal Mary-Sue.
No, you don’t understand…The automatic judgmental reaction given to OC’s pisses me off beyond belief. And I’m speaking as someone with experience of being on the other side, of being judged and brushed off and looked over, simply because my character was an OC.
I love role playing as Spock, and have no intention of stopping any time soon. In many ways he’s become my own character, a part of me, just as all of my OC’s are. But there is one problem I have with role playing as him, it doesn’t effect how I do on here, or anything…but it’s this little itch just below the surface.
On here I’ve received more love than I could ever imagine. I have 260+ followers, which is just insane to me as on my OC accounts, hitting 50 was a milestone to me. I have a constant influx of people interested in doing threads with me, or even just chatting. I’m commented left and right on my writing abilities, on how well I portray the character and how friendly and kind and open I am with other role players on here.
Never, ever, on my OC accounts did I get this reaction. I got hesitance, ridicule, hate even. Changing the character did not change my abilities, it changed what you saw on first glance, and thus your opinion. You recognized the character, you knew them, so it was okay. You could roleplay with them and enjoy it. But the moment you don’t know a thing, the moment you find out someone took the time to create them…you don’t like them. No amount of skill, no amount of pride, of chemistry, of anything would change the fact that it was an OC. And OC automatically equals Mary-Sue/Gary-Stu.
So think about it for a moment, the next time an OC pops up, give them a chance before you toss them to the side. You never know, you may find your favorite partner in them.