It bugs me that the "dreaded Mary Sue" has prevented people from writing so many intriguing characters and stories. I've ranted about this before, but as others have mentioned, life is crazy and people have and do overcome insurmountable odds. I'm pretty sure I'm reading the same book as Mav right now, and yeah, it is amazing all the horrible tragedies Alexander Hamilton overcame EVEN BEFORE HE GOT TO AMERICA. While nowhere near as miraculous as Chyntuck's refugee stories, but I'm pretty sure if I told my personal backstory, I'd be accused of having a "Mary Sue" backstory. Life can be messy, but that is where the best stories lie.