Fake Geek Girls
Episode 23

Mary Sues

Melissa Brinks published on

We’re back with episode 23, and this time we’re talking about Mary Sues! Just what is a Mary Sue? Should we live in fear of the author insert? Do tropes have to be a bad thing? We’re chatting with our friend Stephani about this and many other things, including Ganondorf, why the Qunari are always evil, and our Hermione Granger feelings.

Mistakes: as always, Missy runs her mouth without looking things up in an effort to not distract from the conversation. The quote about all plots being ‘a person goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town' can be found here. The Margaret Atwood quote she was thinking about was actually this sweet one about all stories being about wolves.

Also, hey! We launched a Patreon! If you like what we do and what to support us financially, you can do so by subscribing to our podcast over there and getting sweet rewards, like merchandise, bonus episodes, access to a livestream, and the ability to make us do an episode on a topic of your choosing. Check it out, and thank you, as always, for being the absolute greatest.

What Missy's Been Up To


  • The Lais of Marie de France
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket


  • Free!


  • Dragon Age: Inquisition - Trespasser

What Merri’s Been Up To:


  • Captain Marvel by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy


  • Twin Peaks

What Stephani’s Been Up To:


  • The X-Files
  • The Legend of Korra
  • Mad Max


  • Batman: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean


  • Metal Gear Solid V

Some Links You May Find Interesting:

CentrumLumina's analysis of some Archive of Our Own census data

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