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Little Miss Mary-Sue -- Isabella Swan

August 28th, 2008 (09:50 pm)

 Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Brown

Resembles: The Author.

Resemblance of the author is one of many signs a character may show of Mary-Sueism. This is called self-insertion. It is when a person inserts themselves into a story and plays around in a story. Sounds okay, right? Why can't authors just have some fun inside their head while we have fun and read? ... Stephenie Meyer (oops, forgot her name) has inserted herself into her own story. Bella is like her in many ways, only everything good is now incredible and better and every bad is now obsolete. Not good, not realistic. Bella is not a realistic character at all.


Starting with the name. Isabella is the name of a famous Spanish queen, but not the likely derivation. Isabella is shortened to Bella in the series and Bella is dangerously close to the French name "Belle" which means nice and beauty. Two qualities Stephanie Meyer wished Bella portrayed. Swan, the last name. Derivations remind me of three sources. The obvious animal, the less obvious Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean, and the obsolete Juni Swan from The Demonata Series. First, the animal, the swan. The swan is graceful and a sign of true love. It is beauty and feelings. It's what Stephanie Meyer thinks of her character and Edward. Second, Elizabeth Swann, another girl who fell for a man like Bella. Only, when Lizzy screws up, people blame her like they should. Both girls can be bitches and seem to have every guy lusting after her. Now, in Elizabeth's case, she is the only girl on a pirate ship, men have urges. In Bella's case, I'm confused. Both girls have done foolish things ... Bella didn't have a plan, Elizabeth had better plans. Elizabeth Swann has a backbone, one the key ingredients Bella Swan is missing! Now, Juni Swan from the Demonata series written by a vampire author. Juni Swan was a character named Nadia before turning evil. She changed her name to Juni Swan for her birthday and what her evil master considered her, his swan. She was beautiful and in a sense like Bella, friends across the enemy line (Kernel -D- and Jacob -T-). This character, though unknown proves my point of insertion with making yourself better. By giving Bella the humble beauty the surname of Swan, she has perfected herself and her life even more. Way to go Stephanie Meyer!

Now, moving on. Bella is a way for Stephanie Meyer to distribute her likings. There was a point in one of the first three books when Bella is listening to music. Linkin Park. I love the idea of a girl who reads classicals listening to Linkin Park because it's so hysterical and unlikely. Bella also reads all of Stephy's favorite books. One in particular is Wuthering Heights. I've known people who read classics, and the only one I've known to actually pick up Wuthering Heights was my cousin, who is a big fan of this series. Stephy should really stop trying to spread her favorites far and wide. She should also stop comparing Bella and Edward to classics like Romeo and Juliet. This shows how unoriginal the fans are. They compare Bella and Edward exactly how Stephy does. Spreading her thoughts!

Bella is a major appeal to the young teeney boppers. Now, teeney boppers are the tweens and teens. Girls aged 11-15 mainly. Young, suptle girls who don't know the real basics of love or a relationship. Most girls basically picture themselves as Bella, a young girl who moves to a strange and small town where everyone has been friends since diapers and she's the new thing in town. It would be a lie to say that most girls do not fantasize themselves as Bella. The story is told from Bella's Point of View (POV) and the reader finds their self in a fantasy. When Edward looks evil to Bella, we feel hurt that he hates us. When Edward asks Bella out, readers are excited that such a perfect guy would ask us out. The point is that inside Bella's head, we go through her EMOTIONAL roller coaster. Everything that happens is justifies because we're being selfish like Bella. Inside Bella's head, we don't realize just how anti Stephy's hero is.

Bella has no backbone and is a bitch. I polled my thirteen year old friends and all said that they would take as long as Bella to get over a relationship. I talked to my seventeen year old friends and none would take as long as Bella to get over a relationship. (Once again the young suptle girl appeal). But as for the no backbone. After, was it five months, girls will get over a relationship. In fact, when breaking up with, or being broken up with, girls do not go into a manic depressive state, they rant to their friends (Bella has plenty to rant to) and get over it pretty damn fast. One of my eighteen year old friends broke up with her first boyfriend and she isn't manic depressive even though she was a fool like Bella "in love," she ranted, and is getting over. Bella, however, is unrealistic and had no backbone. She went into a manic depressive state when her boyfriend broke up with her and wondered why after five or so months, her friends were annoyed with her. She then befriended a boy she had known crushed on her (and previously flirted with him for information on Edward) and became a good friend. She then tries several times to commit suicide for the sole purpose of trying to hear a voice in her head. (Schizophrenic and Suicidal). Then, when her ex-boyfriend(who's treated her like crap)'s "adopted" sister came into town, she ditched all of her friends who were nice enough to accept her so that she could go chase after Edward and save him from his own selfish suicide. Then, she wonders why Jacob rats her out to Charlie. Honestly, she shouldn't be shocked that she was punished. She almost killed herself several times and then flew to Europe on a whim without checking with her father. Hell, she was lucky she was ever let off of grounding. If any normal kid did that, they'd be dead, toast, finite. But that's the point, Bella isn't normal. Her parents are barely parental, and when they are, it's an antagonistic way, not caring.

As for Eclipse, Bella needs to freaking make up her mind. When you basically dump someone who has a major crush on you, you need to actually dump them, or else they're coming for some. Jacob wasn't going to believe Bella didn't love (basically because she did love him, but that's not convenient to have it real love for Stephy).

Now, on to the name calling part. The part where I call Bella names and excuse them:

Necrophiliac- The last time I checked, Edward didn't have a pulse
Retard- Hematophobics really shouldn't stress to be vampires.

Honestly, I entered Bella in the Mary-Sue Litmus test and she over-exceeded the biggest point setting (50+ which says that the Sue should be thrown away and to start a new person from scratch).

Isabella Swan = Mary-Sue

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Posted by: miharu365 (miharu365)
Posted at: September 9th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)

He, I did a cliche' test on Edward and he reached WAY over the limit!

Posted by: amyrat151 (amyrat151)
Posted at: December 15th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)

Over 100, actually.

Posted by: a_windybreeze (a_windybreeze)
Posted at: December 21st, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
I salute you

Telling it like it is. Good on you.

Posted by: lilac_pilgrim (lilac_pilgrim)
Posted at: January 14th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)

Oh my God, I absolutely agree.

If I'd known crap like Twilight would have sold when I was thirteen and wrote an entire twenty chapters worth of crap, I would have sent it out without checking it over.

Posted by: plot_supporter (plot_supporter)
Posted at: January 16th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for posting this article!! I hate Twilight, but all my friends adore it so they pay no attention to my opinion. It helps to know I'm not alone!

Posted by: venusxvii (venusxvii)
Posted at: March 24th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)

Actually, you don't even need to make the stretch to the French word belle. My friend is nicknamed Bella. Her real name is Arianna or something like that, but only the teachers know (since they have the roster). Anyway, she told us that Bella meant beautiful in Italian. She's italian (100%) and her parents are practically Italian nazi's (they're pretty sterotypical) so I believe she (and in conjunction, her parents) is a reliable source.

Just saying that that name IS a mary-sue all on its own.

Posted by: akebai (akebai)
Posted at: July 8th, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)

To be fair, it's not that unlikely, is it? I (and a bunch of my friends) read classicals - (Don't read Frankenstein just after suffering through twilight,it will explodify your brain fluids) and we tend to enjoy, amongst other things, Linkin Park.

Posted by: janon0 (janon0)
Posted at: November 27th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)

Bella does mean beautiful in italian. Lack of imagination

Posted by: twinmommy070502 (twinmommy070502)
Posted at: December 2nd, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)

While I AGREE wholeheartedly that Bella is a Mary Sue - and other than the fact that I am trying to read the series at the insistence of family and friends and I want to know what my teenage daughter will find so fascinating about this Twilight Nightmare.....
Stephenie Meyer Wrote a blatantly obvious MARY Sue and THEN FAILED miserably at it. Self insertion stories are supposed to be all about who you wish you might have been or want to be and who in their right mind would ever WANT to be BELLA SWAN!! Not that the heroine needs to be perfect... Good self insertion fics are all around us and I am sure that Tolkien wished he were Aragorn and that is not a BAD thing its just.... who writes a story so badly with such a horrible role model for young girls to look up to as a Mary Sue... its Bad enough you have Thrown Bella out there for all the Teeens and Tweens to go gaga for but my word... who does it so badly.
That being said it is immensely popular because the target group has all the money to spend on the movie and paraphernalia and none of the discerning instincts that come with age....
I have decided to like the books as an experiment... I have an English degree and I rather enjoy dissecting the stuff and wondering is Meyers trying to be deliberately dense as a 17 year old girl for authenticity or is she really just that bad an author??.. I am afraid I know the answer but I am trying to get through them!!

Posted by: nayra92 (nayra92)
Posted at: April 10th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)

"Isabella is shortened to Bella in the series and Bella is dangerously close to the French name "Belle" which means nice and beauty."
"Bella" actually means "beautiful" in both Spanish and Italian (and I think in Portuguese too). It's a bit weird for a Spanish reader (e.g. me) to read about a character named "Beautiful" lol
(o.O i can't believe i just created an account in livejournal just to point out that!! xDD)

Posted by: Lotta Ruutu (Lotta Ruutu)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
Hi :)

You read the Demonata as well?? :') but now I know Nadia's turning evil... :/. Great article, by the way!

Posted by: marienomad (marienomad)
Posted at: December 20th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)

OH yeah. I had read parts of Twilight Breaking Dawn and I was dumbfounded by how easily Bella adapted to being a vampire. Newborn vampires are supposed to be uncontrollable and hungry. Maybe make her struggle more with her vampire self should show some growth.

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