Reading about character development and stuff. One of the common complaints of Gary/Mary Stus is their cliche tragic/badass backstories and stuff like having their whole family killed as a child or being recruited for some kind of military organization as a child. I want to write a story taking place during and/or immediately after the Russo-Japanese war. I don't feel comfortable writing an adult character because I myself am not an adult so I feel like whatever adult character I wrote would not come across as such mentally. Thus, my idea is a character in their late teens that participated in The Russo Japanese war, which I think might actually be realistic given the huge amounts of nationalism at the time as well as the fact that Japan was exhausting her manpower and would have to begin looking for less than ideal recruits, hence perhaps allowing one of the character's stature and age enlist. Thoughts about gary stu-ishness?