Thursday, October 27, 2016

Daisy Ridley Addresses the "Mary Sue" Criticism of Rey in 'The Force Awakens'

By: Dominic Jones

There is no denying that Rey was the stand out character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, not only going on a great adventure but also serving as a great role model for girls and boys around the world.  However, because we can't have nice things, there were also those who criticized the film and the character for being a "Mary Sue".  For those that don't know what a Mary Sue is, it's a concept that comes from fan fiction where the lead character (almost always female) serves as a wish fulfillment for the writer and is perfect at everything they do and liked by everyone they meet.  Applying this term to Rey is not only overly simplistic and wrong, but also very problematic.  Daisy Ridley addressed this in a recent interview on Josh Horowitz's "Happy Sad Confused" podcast from MTV News.

Ridley told Horowitz,
“The Mary Sue thing in itself is sexist because it’s the name of a woman.  Everyone was saying that Luke had the exact same [capabilities]. I think Rey is incredibly vulnerable, and nothing she’s doing is for the greater good. She’s just doing what she thinks is the right thing. And she doesn’t want to do some of it, but she feels compelled to do it. So for me, I was just confused.”

I think Ridley hits the nail on the head here with her response.  The whole "Rey is Mary Sue" thing is ridiculous and an embarrassment to Star Wars fandom.

She also talked briefly about Star Wars Episode VIII touching on what it was like working with Mark Hamill compared to Harrison Ford, as well as calling Kelly Mary Tran character "a crucial role and really exciting" and saying that there is a "big journey" for Rey in the film.   You can listen to the entire episode here.

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