“Not Another Mary Sue” is an initiative that is exactly like what it sounds like.
Confused? Don’t be. Simply put, NAMS (catchy acronym, I know) is a campaign to
abolish, eradicate, put a stop to encourage young adult readers and naysayers who don’t see the value in YA books to read diverse characters who kick fictional ass*.
And by diverse, I mean characters from different backgrounds, whether that be cultural, different sexuality or the portrayal of disabilities (I’m sure there’s more, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it).
So where did this brain child come from? Well, first of all I can’t really take credit. There’s loads of other ‘Diversity in YA’ type campaigns out there (there really is, that’s an actual name of a site. Check it out.) and there’s an undeniable amount of rage going on about the lack of diversity in fiction on Tumblr alone. Other than that though, I guess the reason why I started this is my own frustration with the lack diversity in what I read. It’s the same thing repeated over and over again in YA books (not all books, obviously) – heroine who everybody loves for no fathomable reason who saves the day with flaws that are not actual flaws (being clumsy is not a flaw when it’s endearing guys).
I don’t know about you guys but I want to read something that real people can relate to. I want to read about experiences that no mater how dystopian or supernatural, is still identifiable on a human level (even if they’re a bloodthirsty vampire). And more importantly, I want to read good books that have characters that are not always black and white but a thousand different shades of grey (not 50 shades though) who make me think beyond my own little bubble.
Still with me? Or do you think I’m a little crazy?
Either way, give NAMS a little love on my other sites. Or you can argue with me, that’s okay too as long as you’re not trolling me and you actually have a point to make.**
Thanks for bothering to read all this and I hope to hear from you soon!
– Love NAMS (did that make you a little sick? I’m sorry, I promise to never sign off with that again***)
* Fictional ass-kicking is not guaranteed.
** Although trolls traditionally belong under a bridge, I understand they now lurk in the depths of the internet. Sorry to restrict your freedom and all that, but go elsewhere please.
*** There is no promise.