nybody who’s a fan of fan fiction has heard the term Mary-Sue before, basically a term used to describe a writer who has basically written themselves into the character. The term has also, often been ascribed to Stephanie Meyer and her character Bella (proof of this can be found in Edward’s version of events because somehow his ‘voice’ sounds like a whiney teenaged girl’).
Generally speaking, being a Mary-Sue is never a good thing, but more often than not art imitates life, meaning that some characters (maybe not necessarily the main characters) will possess some elements of your life or people you know. At what point is having a character with a similar backstory to yours just coincidence or hinderance?
Anybody who knows me probably knows that Eric and I share a pretty similar personality, we’re both high-strung, type-A personalities, perfectionists who work better at night and while you never see him doing it, it’s briefly noted that Eric is also a writer. The similarities, as far as I can tell, pretty much end there.
The problem seems to come when, as in the case of Midnight Sun (don’t ask why I know that name), the characters voice cannot be distinguished from that of the author. It’s one thing in the case of Twilight for the author and the character to share a similar voice (it’s probably not the best thing) but because Bella is a teenaged girl it’s understandable (even if Stephanie is not, but tends to act like one), but the fact that the same exact story, written in a different character’s point of view shares the same voice, that’s a problem.
I think it’s not necessarily bad to write yourself or at least a version of yourself into the story, the problem comes when the entire story is suddenly revolving around you and it’s no longer a novel it’s a fictional memoir like the Kardashian novel Dollhouse.