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Jan. 30th, 2012 12:52 am
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I was going to post this to Yahoo Answers, but it's too long (knowing how much I waffle on, that should not be a surprise). So, I'm going to post it here and might link to it elsewhere.

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I've just started reading 'The Legion' by Simon Scarrow, and although I'm only twenty pages into it I already feel the need to stop and rant. I feel a bit bad about doing this, as I have huge respect for Simon Scarrow as an author and I absolutely love all the other books in his Eagle series. I even love this one, but there's just one character that bothers me - Julia. She's just been brought up in conversation between Cato and Macro, and I had to grit my teeth because I really dislike her. I desperately do not want her to marry Cato. Why? Because she is one big Mary Sue. I don't throw that term around willy-nilly, but in this case I do genuinely think Julia is one.

Let's see, a list of typical Sue traits that Julia fits:
- Breathtakingly beautiful? Check.
- Intelligent and feisty? Check.
- Can cause an otherwise strong and confident male character to act awkward and embarassed? Check.
- Lacks any kind of depth or character development whatsoever? Check.
- Also lacks any kind of significant flaws? Check.
- Rules of the universe are suspended for her or she is given special treatment? Counting her father agreeing to let her marry a man below her station, then check.
- Has skills that are unlikely in the circumstances? She's a woman in Roman times with developed medical knowledge. Make that check.
- Tragic past? Mother dying when she was young, so check.
- Undergoes needless suffering at the hands of one of the other characters, the only purpose of which seems to be to have her rescued by her love interest? Check. I know it was sort of relevant to the plot, but was there any need to have both her and Macro taken captive? I think it would have been better to show the solidity of Cato and Macro's friendship just by having Cato go and rescue Macro. Having Julia as a motive for Cato to go after Ajax makes Macro seem like second best, and he bloody deserves better than that!

Honestly, everything about Julia screams Mary Sue. It's not even like I dislike her because I'm still hung up on Lavinia, because I didn't like her either. The difference was I didn't like Lavinia because she was a lying, two-faced traitor. I dislike Julia because she's boring. I did like Lavinia at first, but when she started plotting with Vitellius and cheating on Cato I went off her. She was a well-developed character who had believable flaws, and I actually was upset when she died. With Lavinia I actually cared about her relationship with Cato. With Julia, on the other hand, I'm just desperate for their relationship to end ASAP. If Ajax actually had killed her in the last book I wouldn't have been the least bit upset.

I'm hoping I'm not going to put up with her for the rest of this book, or any of Cato's moping over her for that matter. I do want him to be happy with someone, but just not someone as hopelessly bland and shallow as Julia.

Sorry, Simon. As much as I love your books and your other characters, I just don't think you've lived up to your usual standards on this one.


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