History Literature / PenPal

26th Apr '17 5:31:18 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* PresentAbsence: [[spoiler: Dathan's stalker is never seen, described, or even identified, and only has one real line in the story.]]



* PresentAbsence: [[spoiler: Dathan's stalker is never seen, described, or even identified, and only was one real line in the story.]]
23rd Mar '17 12:53:01 PM 43110
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* DirtyCoward: The stalker, possibly. Whenever he directly goes after someone, he always preys on the defenseless, such as [[spoiler: a cat]], [[spoiler: a sickly old woman]], and [[spoiler: two teenagers]]. He doesn't even [[spoiler: kill one of said teenagers directly]], opting instead to [[spoiler: run her over from the safety of his car]]. Anybody who could potentially fight back, such as Dathan's mom, is left alone.
21st Mar '17 9:30:21 AM kjc609
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The story of ''Pen Pal'' is a young man, in an attempt to understand his childhood, investigates seemingly unrelated, strange, horrifying, and soul-crushingly tragic events that occurred over the course of his life. Beginning from his early days in kindergarten and persisting well into his teen years, he discovers that these incidents are actually connected as a single frightening tale that have molded his entire life and affected everyone around him. Ever played in the woods a little too long after dark? Ever had the feeling that you being watched, and by someone with less than noble intentions? Do you remember you first friend you ever made and how strong that bond was? Well, then ''Pen Pal'' has something for you, and it is a journey you won't soon forget. [[BrainBleach Though, you might just try, anyway.]] Also, make sure to bring [[TearJerker a box of tissues]].

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The story of ''Pen Pal'' is a young man, in an attempt to understand his childhood, investigates seemingly unrelated, strange, horrifying, and soul-crushingly tragic events that occurred over the course of his life. Beginning from his early days in kindergarten and persisting well into his teen years, he discovers that these incidents are actually connected as a single frightening tale that have molded his entire life and affected everyone around him. Ever played in the woods a little too long after dark? Ever had the feeling that you being watched, and by someone with less than noble intentions? Do you remember you the first friend you ever made and how strong that bond was? Well, then ''Pen Pal'' has something for you, and it is a journey you won't soon forget. [[BrainBleach Though, you might just try, anyway.]] Also, make sure to bring [[TearJerker a box of tissues]].
19th Mar '17 3:20:04 PM ThePest179
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* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: [[spoiler: The stalker kills Dathan's pet cat.]]
3rd May '16 7:31:36 PM gfrequency
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* DoubleMeaningTitle: A couple. "Boxes" is the name of the narrator's cat and also what they find in the abandoned house, full of his clothes. "Screens" refers to movie screens as well as the screen separating the narrator from Veronica in the hospital.
15th Apr '16 12:54:55 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: [[spoiler: The story's events could have not occurred by certain aspects: Dathan would have never been stalked if the school didn't do the Balloon project. Dathan's idea of going to his old house looking for Boxes would have never gotten the Stalker to take his interest in Josh, as he took his picture. Dathan's mother in particular ends up unintentionally making things worse by not communicating with anybody about what's going on, not getting the police involved enough, not telling Dathan himself anything until he's much older, and not telling Josh's family about the pedophile she most likely has deduced is in the area. Had she not tried to handle things herself, the stalker may have been caught before he could have done anything worse than scaring the kids and at the very least, Josh's family could have known about the danger]].
25th Mar '16 5:30:44 AM ASplashingKoi
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: NoNameGiven: The protagonist and the stalker's names are never given in-story, although the protagonist is called "Dathan" (after the author) by fans.

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: * NoNameGiven: The protagonist and the stalker's names are never given in-story, although the protagonist is called "Dathan" (after the author) by fans.
25th Mar '16 5:30:25 AM ASplashingKoi
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The story of ''Pen Pal'' is a young man, in an attempt to understand his childhood, investigates seemingly unrelated, strange, horrifying, and soul-crushingly tragic events that occurred over the course of his life. Beginning from his early days in kindergarten and persisting well into his teen years, he discovers that these incidents are actually part a single frightening tale that have molded his entire life and affected everyone around him. Ever played in the woods a little too long after dark? Ever had the feeling that you being watched, and by someone with less than noble intentions? Do you remember you first friend you ever made and how strong that bond was? Well, then ''Pen Pal'' has something for you, and it is a journey you won't soon forget. [[BrainBleach Though, you might just try, anyway.]] Also, make sure to bring [[TearJerker a box of tissues]].

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The story of ''Pen Pal'' is a young man, in an attempt to understand his childhood, investigates seemingly unrelated, strange, horrifying, and soul-crushingly tragic events that occurred over the course of his life. Beginning from his early days in kindergarten and persisting well into his teen years, he discovers that these incidents are actually part connected as a single frightening tale that have molded his entire life and affected everyone around him. Ever played in the woods a little too long after dark? Ever had the feeling that you being watched, and by someone with less than noble intentions? Do you remember you first friend you ever made and how strong that bond was? Well, then ''Pen Pal'' has something for you, and it is a journey you won't soon forget. [[BrainBleach Though, you might just try, anyway.]] Also, make sure to bring [[TearJerker a box of tissues]].



* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Dathan learns about how his childhood basically ruined the lives of the people around him, specifically his friend Josh, who was taken by the stalker because of their similar appearance and was [[AndIMustScream buried alive with him by his own father]], as well as the stalker killing his pet cat, his kind old neighbor from his old neighborhood, and Josh's sister. The story also implies that Josh's family will never recover from the loss of their children and Dathan's relationship with his mother becomes strained by the fact she kept the events from him for so many years]].

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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Dathan [[spoiler:Dathan learns about how his childhood basically ruined the lives of the people around him, specifically his friend Josh, who was taken by the stalker because of their similar appearance and was [[AndIMustScream buried alive with him by his own father]], as well as the stalker killing his pet cat, his kind old neighbor from his old neighborhood, and Josh's sister. The story also implies that Josh's family will never recover from the loss of their children and Dathan's relationship with his mother becomes strained by the fact she kept the events from him for so many years]].



* [[spoiler: NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nice job not telling Dathan about the stalker or getting more involved with the police, Dathan's mom!]]

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* [[spoiler: NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Nice job not telling Dathan about the stalker or getting more involved with the police, Dathan's mom!]]mom!]]
: NoNameGiven: The protagonist and the stalker's names are never given in-story, although the protagonist is called "Dathan" (after the author) by fans.
25th Mar '16 5:26:53 AM ASplashingKoi
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'''''Pen Pal''''' started as a series of short stories about the childhood of one young man named Dathan Auerbach that were posted as an online horror story on a forum. It quickly drew popularity from its readers and soon there were illustrations, audio recordings, and short films made of it. Then it was revised and expanded to be turned into a full length book.

The story of ''Pen Pal'' is a young man, in an attempt to understand his childhood, investigates seemingly unrelated, strange, horrifying, and soul-crushingly tragic events that occurred over the course of his life. Beginning from his early days in kindergarten and persisting well into his teen years, he discovers that these incidents are actually part a single frightening tale that have molded his entire life and affected everyone around him. Ever played in the woods a little too long after dark? Ever had the feeling that you being watched, and by someone with less than noble intentions? Do you remember you first friend you ever made and how strong that bond was? Well, then ''Pen Pal'' has something for you, and it is a journey you won't soon forget. [[BrainBleach Though, you might just try, anyway.]] Also, make sure to bring [[TearJerker a box of tissues]]. Whether this is a true story or not has been left ambiguous.

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'''''Pen Pal''''' started as a series of short stories by Dathan Auerbach about the childhood of one young man named Dathan Auerbach (unnamed in the stories, called "Dathan" out-of-universe) that were posted as an online horror story on a forum.Website/{{Reddit}}. It quickly drew popularity from its readers and soon there were illustrations, audio recordings, and short films made of it. Then it was revised and expanded to be turned into a full length book.

The story of ''Pen Pal'' is a young man, in an attempt to understand his childhood, investigates seemingly unrelated, strange, horrifying, and soul-crushingly tragic events that occurred over the course of his life. Beginning from his early days in kindergarten and persisting well into his teen years, he discovers that these incidents are actually part a single frightening tale that have molded his entire life and affected everyone around him. Ever played in the woods a little too long after dark? Ever had the feeling that you being watched, and by someone with less than noble intentions? Do you remember you first friend you ever made and how strong that bond was? Well, then ''Pen Pal'' has something for you, and it is a journey you won't soon forget. [[BrainBleach Though, you might just try, anyway.]] Also, make sure to bring [[TearJerker a box of tissues]]. Whether this is a true story or not has been left ambiguous.\n
5th Mar '16 10:12:52 AM Pwnisher248
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* BondBreaker: The stalker's actions cause [[spoiler: Dathan and Josh's friendship to suffer greatly]], and [[spoiler: puts a lot of strain on his relationship with his mother.]]
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