“The Name of the Wind” and how to write a Mary Sue

I think a few people have come here from some posts I’ve made on Ronan Wills’s wonderful teardown of the Name of the Wind, so I’d like to link to a good post by Chimaera about how the main character, Kvothe, is a pompous jerk whose behavior in no way reflects actual human interaction. (Which is a long way to say “he’s a Mary Sue.”) Enjoy!