why we shame young fans for making themselves the heroes of their own stories
Mary Sue
Elizabeth Minkel

And there’s the crux, really. Why do we write ourselves in? In part because, too often, nobody else will. We want to see women who are competent, who are heroic, and if nobody else will give it to us, we’ll do it ourselves. For me, it’s a kind of “fix-it” narrative that fulfills specific needs: envisioning future versions of ourselves that have figured things out; exploring questions of identity (especially sexual identity) in a familiar context; or just plain creating a world where we can get away from it all. Representation, experimentation, validation.

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