It's tme for Tropes Sue Week
either. I'm looking for help finding entries for said week. Accepting entries for the Thirteenth Annual Pottersues Contest
Today's link of the day is Possession sue rant
.TITLE: Early Retirement
and What Happened BetweenPERPETRATOR: Secondary LuminesenseSUE-O-METER:
We have a sketch of a griffin that's cut off. SUMMARY: ”Ten years into her peaceful life in New York City, Cathryn Potter is found. Willing to do almost anything to stay hidden from the world she left behind after discovering her immortality, she finds herself working alongside god and mortal alike in an effort to protect the world from alien invasion. Fem!Harry, some adult themes, swearing, and mention of suicide. Sequel (part I) up.”
and ”Cathryn Black returns to her retirement the day after the Chitauri have been defeated. But people aren't always as easy to get rid of as memories. Interlude to 'Early Retirement' and it's planned sequel. Read 'Early Retirement' first, or this won't make sense. Warnings for fem!Harry and mentions of suicide, sex, alcohol, and language.”FULL NAME:
Cathryn Potter/Black, code name GriffinSPECIES:
“Cathryn blinked in surprise and discontinued her death-glare. She'd been told it was extra-effective due to the almost unnatural color of her eyes, but from Stark's lack of response, she was starting to think that only wizards became uncomfortable with it.” (Slams head against keyboard. Figuratively that is.)MARKINGS:
She's “thirty (or so)”.POSSESSIONS:
“She'd had to dig to the very back of her closet to find the dragon-scale outfit that had been the Order's gift to her for her seventeenth birthday. The armor was skintight and more flexible than she would have originally guessed from just looking at it. Charlie had explained in great detail which breed of dragon each part of the ensemble came from. The high-collared shirt was made from the skin of an adolescent Chinese Fireball; because the dragon had been so young, the scales were much smaller, and extremely flexible, though no less adept at repelling all manner of blades and spells. The skin was also bright red, with gold tracery around the edges of some of the scales. Like the shirt, the pants made from the skin of a young dragon - an Antipodean Opal-Eye. Charlie had told her in a reverent voice that Antipodean Opal-Eyes, even as adults, had the softest scales, which would allow her greater ease in her movements and a larger range of motions that would allow her to dodge and run easier than a stiffer skin would have. The sleeveless tunic was slightly old-fashioned, with it's narrow waist and flared 'skirts' that reached down to mid-thigh, but was really the most protective part of the uniform, made from the nearly impenetrable and highly magic-resistant scales of the Hebridean Black, a dragon native to Britain. Her knee-high boots matched the tunic.”CONNECTION TO CANON:
She's supposed to be a female version of Harry, but...
… reading the summary makes me say she's not. Harry, I mean Cathryn, retires to New York City and owns a small place called Butter-and-Crumpets. (The name of the cafe doesn't sound very enticing.) She gets to meet Steve because he comes to her cafe, and then suddenly Coulson shows up and asaks her to help with the aliens. (Why would that happen?) Apparently she worked for S.H.I.E.L.D. before. (When? She was to busy becoming a high end chef and running her own cafe. She's also running from her past.) As for the rest of the plot...
… she's just there to be pretty and spice things up a bit. With what I might ask? The usual Mary Sue sparkle.ORIGIN:
The writer exclusively writes fem!Harry stories. The writer also wants us to believe Harry is the type to try and commit suicide. Why? And I quote, “in a fit of manic rage and depression shortly after Fred's funeral”. *sigh* I wish the writer's would actually research what they're talking about. If the writer had they would know that you can't be both manic and depressed at the same time. She's also now fine
as rain.SPECIAL ABILITIES:
She's immortal. (Why?) “Cathryn had, throughout her thirty (or so) years of life, collected a string of epithets: Girl-Who-Lived, Youngest-Female-Hogwarts-Seeker-Ever, Woman-Who-Vanquished-the-Dark-Lord, Mistress of Death. It was the last title that gave Cathryn the most trouble; in fact, she saw it as a curse. Although becoming Mistress of Death had allowed her to ultimately defeat Voldemort, she often found herself wondering how different her life would be if she had never collected the Deathly Hallows. Most of the time, she would shake her head and tell herself firmly, Voldemort would have destroyed everyone I love; it's better this way, but sometimes she would find herself imagining a world in which she grew old with her best friends; a world in which she had a chance to marry Fred and have a family of her own.” (Yeah right. Don't add special snowflake bonuses to the canon material.) You should also read up on her specialty training at Le Cordon Bleu in the sample. “Currently, she was saying she was twenty-six. She was lucky that she looked older than seventeen; someone like Luna would never have been able to pull it off. As it was, she had to take a small amount of Aging Draught each morning just before she opened, and a second dose around lunch.”NOTES:
On their profile the writer says “although the vast majority of my writing does include a female Harry(read: not all of my stories are fem!harry), none of them are from the same story-line unless otherwise indicated”. The part about “not all my stories are fem!harry” isn't actually true. She's got a Cathryn Potter with two stories, a Harriet Potter with two stories, a Rosalind Poter with two stories and a Hannalee Potter with one story. That's a total of seven stories, and the writer has only written seven stories. An alternate version of a character is still the character regardless of the fact they don't come from the same story-line.
I'm a bit more concerned about how the summary sounds like Cathryn got dropped into the Avengers movie plot. I'm not the only person who noticed. Here is a review for this one shot. “Well, I'm not gonna lie it was good but... I didn't come here to read again the story of Avengers. Cathryn really did nothing of importance and just barely add a presence to the group. I like the first part with Steve but after nothing! No progress at all between these two. I understand if you didn't want to change the important parts of the story but really, even in battle she was basically useless. Yes she helped get the scepter but we know it would have happen ANYWAYS.
Kudos for the character tho. I like her.”
The stories over 20k.
There is also this review. “I don’t get the point of this. The-girl-who-lived is shoehorned into a retelling of the Avengers movie and doesn’t do anything of consequence. Her addition changed nothing. So, why?” And! “So basically, what we have here is a rehash of the movie, with the slight addition of a Fem!Harry, who makes little difference to the overall plot and hardly gets noticed by the others. One really can't help but ask, what the point of this whole exercise was.”( I"m rolling my eyes.Collapse )