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  • noun A literary device in which the author writes himself or herself into the story as a character.


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  • That, and she's very much a self-insertion character.

    Tew's Day! jolantru 2009

  • And there's gotta be a limited market for EBear self-insertion novels.

    i should have read your letters kenscholes 2009

  • I make up stories with some shameless self-insertion in which I am awesome and the male protagonist is amazed by my incredible powers, but I never write those down.

    meme nathreee 2008

  • The whole movie boils down to a combination of nerd self-insertion at a level that would even make Tarantino shake his head in dismay, and "how the white man saved China".

    Ken's Review: The Forbidden Kingdom - A Remake of Last Action Hero? « 2008

  • That self-insertion was just downright amateurish as a storytelling device.

    Supernatural: Swan Song - Pink 2010

  • Even if Plate's "new journalistic" self-insertion sometimes annoys (we learn about his episode with Prozac and his weight gain), overall this was the right choice to make what could easily have been a wonkish drudge into an enjoyable read.

    Nathan Gardels: Tom Plate's Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew : Some Wise Words for Dysfunctional Western Democracies 2010

  • Les Edwards's cover illustration, which depicts the author as one of the undead, hints at Edelman's fondness for self-insertion; alas, the title story, in which he narrates his own rise from the grave and rampage through suburbia, goes on rather longer than the thousand words that might match the picture.

    March 24th, 2010 scottedelman 2010

  • I don't know if that's its common usage, and as a term it's probably misleading in that the problem is more the lack of depth in characterisation than the self-insertion, although I think it hints at a valid and useful lesson for newbie writers: sometimes it's the characters who we identify most with that we portray with the least depth.

    Mary Sue 2009

  • If you keep it to yourself, you can really enjoy the self-insertion, the OOC things you made the characters do and all the erotic themes you want.

    Birthdays nathreee 2007

  • More often than not it reads like derivative Mary-Sue/self-insertion/RPG character fanfic.

    The concept of Rogues’ Galleries | Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources 2008


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