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The Mary Sue Project

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Getting students to insert themselves into the stories they're reading:

In the winter, our characters go visiting: each girl chooses a climactic moment from a favorite novel and writes herself into the story, in the third person, as one of the main characters. Neil Gaiman's Coraline becomes Coraline and Caroline, in which twin sisters face off together against the "other mother"; the feral cat clans of Erin Hunter's Warrior series flourish under the leadership of newcomer Snowfur, known in real life as Camille. (Student: "Should the same things still happen in the story?" Me: "I don't know -- will they be the same with you there?")

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