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Lydia Winter is an original character within the Stargate Atlantis fandom, originally created by BiteMeTechie. She was the first amongst the four original UnSues, along with NenyaVilyaNenya's Crysta Santella, Reefgirl's Alex Ramsey and Elizabeth Bartlett's Maxine Wainwright. Lydia Winter is one of the most widley used original characters within the Stargate fandom, due to the fact that her creator has given permission for her use in fanworks and has been written about by no less than twenty different authors.
According to BiteMeTechie, the concept for Lydia Winter was to write a self-insert fanfiction that did not follow the usual Mary-Sue cliches so often found within the fandom. Although the character does play to some of the Mary-Sue cliches (sharing her first name with the author who created her, an angsty past etc.), for the most part, she is considered to be a well rounded character rather than a typical cookie cutter OC.
The differences between Lydia Winter and most Mary Sues found within fandom are quite extensive. She does not get along with most of the canon characters, she does not have a romance with any character and her actions are punishable by those in authority. These qualities and the humor involved in the Lydia Winter stories are considered to set her apart from the typical original characters found in fanfiction.
Lydia Winter is unique as an Original Character, not only because of the facts mentioned above, but because she is one of the few characters that has spawned her own fandom terminology: Snarky has become the commonly accepted term used to refer to Winter's relationship with Rodney McKay, in reference to other 'y' ending relationships, such as Sparky (John Sheppard/Elizabeth Weir) and Spanky (Teyla Emmagen/Ronon Dex).
Lydia Winter Chronicles
The Lyida Winter Chronicles is the name given to the group of stories that are recognized by BiteMeTechie as 'official' canon (because they are written by her). In chronological order, they are as follows:
- Retribution! Revisited (Nominated for in 2007 for the Skiffy Awards)
- Girl's Poker Night: Lydia's Story
- A Question For The Ages
In addition to the Chronicles stories, there are several which are part of a 'Reader Requested' relationship centric Alternate Universe series. They include:
- Of Head Injuries and Hobbits
- Fellowship of Physicists
- The Two Snarkers
- Mistletoe Can Be Deadly If You Eat It
- A Man's Blanket Is His Fort
As well as the official stories, there are several fan-written works that include Lydia Winter in some capacity or another. They include (but are not limited to):
- The Date
- The Kiss
- The Ring
- The Wedding
- Coffee Leads To Interesting Things
- Murder On My Mind
- Travels Of An UnSue MarySue
- Cooking With Blue MarySue
- Roller Coaster Ride
- Not Your Normal Teaching Job
- Best Laid Plans
- When Lydia Met Jason: The Rise of Spunky