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Jenna Sue

A reviewer recently accused me of creating a “Mary Sue” character in my Supernatural tie-in COYOTE’S KISS. For those who don’t know what that means, a “Mary Sue” is a too-perfect wish-fulfillment character that represents the author’s own idealized persona.

While I freely admit that the character in question is a wish-fulfillment character, it’s a completely different kind of wish. I created that character not because I’d like to be her, but because I’d like to fuck her. After all, we tie-in writers have to do something to spice up the daily grind. I threw in a hot Latina with a big ass. Reason #739 why I love my job.

So, allow me to propose some new terminology. I give you, the “Jenna Sue.” Named after legendary porn star Jenna Jameson, of course. Maybe the male equivalent should be called the “Lexington Sue.” (For Lexington Steele.) Or maybe they should just be called “CILFs.” Characters I’d Like to Fuck.

Authors, have you ever deliberately created a Jenna Sue in any of your fiction? Readers, ever found yourself crushing out on a fictional character? If so, which ones?

PS – if I’m in trouble now for creating one character I’d like to fuck, I’m really gonna be in deep when my latest top-secret project hits the street…



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Aug. 5th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
Christa, I wanted to fuck her too. In Nogales. Under this billboard. http://tinyurl.com/3ewdkkf

By the way, I saw that reviewer only has two reviews on Amazon. Both are for Supernatural books, and both are only one star. Heh.
Aug. 5th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)

If I don't find the character attractive, I can't expect the reader to find him or her attractive. Same with if they're supposed to find the character revolting.
Aug. 5th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
All I can say is: fierce!

Oh, and fuck 'em ;) x
Aug. 5th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
When you're a middle-aged male with a beard, writing in characters into your novel which you obviously have the hots for, is often seen as distinctly creepy. Unless said characters are also middle-aged men with beards. And then it's seen as creepy for more stupid reasons.

Of course most of the time, the characters being drooled, fondled, and preyed upon are female, beardless, and at least thirty years younger than the author. In which case, you're either John Updike or Philip Roth.

And it's still, I have to say, rather creepy. In your case, seeing as we share similar taste, I'll let it pass.
Aug. 5th, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
I'm the first to admit that I'm a dirty old broad. And now I REALLY want to create a smokin hot, 18 year old bearded lady in my next book. ;-)
Aug. 5th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
I give you smoking hot bearded lady!

Aug. 5th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Re: I give you smoking hot bearded lady!
Holy Toledo! Where's that image from?
Aug. 6th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
Re: I give you smoking hot bearded lady!
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0450405/ - Salma Hayek in "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant". Movie based off YA fiction series.
Aug. 5th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
For the erotica stories that I had written, I had to create CILFs! Otherwise, nobody would want to read them.

For my mainstream works, I have one character that may seem like a CILF, but I didn't take that attitude with her. I respected her too much to treat her that way.
Aug. 6th, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
Oooh...I suspect I'm guilty of this. The Lachallan priestesses in The Janus Syndrome were inspired by the Moonbase operatives from Ufo (they of the purple metallic wigs), so very definitely CILFs of my own.

There's times when I've written characters who are ridiculously fuckable because, y'know, characters need to be attracted. I give 'em minds too, though.
Aug. 6th, 2011 05:42 am (UTC)
Brings a whole new slant to the term "CILFs" notes.
*ducks and runs off-stage*
Aug. 6th, 2011 06:40 am (UTC)
I haven't deliberately set out to create one, it just happened! To be honest I'm not sure I could write a convincing relationship for a PoV character if I didn't find at least one of the participants hot - it just happens naturally as a result of putting myself into the characters' heads.

My publishers (Angry Robot) are clearly on my wavelength - on the cover of my debut novel, the hero is striding down the street, sword out, looking dangerous - but also hotter than the Sahara :)

The full cover is still under wraps, but you can get a glimpse of his gorgeousness here:

Aug. 6th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
My current WIP has an antagonist that is a total Jenna Sue. I think your detractor has a different CILF that flips up their top.
Aug. 7th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
I've a crush on a character I just made up the other day named Megumi Phoenix -- named after Megumi Kudo and The Bloody Phoenix/The Bloody, to of my favorite Joshi. Ha.

As for fictional characters, I've always crushed on Deena Pilgrim from Bendis/Oeming's Powers comic series. Prolly 'cause she says things like, "Why are you so far up my uterus, man!?"

And lots of fighting game characters. Ha.
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