History Literature / PenPal

27th Oct '15 2:51:37 AM Carmilla
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* ArtisticLicence: [[spoiler:Paedophiles have very narrow tastes in victims, especially when it comes to age. A paedophile who became obsessed with Dathan when he was five would be really unlikely to still have any interest in him by the time he turned seven, let alone remain fixated on him all the way to fourteen. But 'and then the guy just lost interest and went away' would make for a much less scary story.]]
24th Oct '15 10:26:41 AM Unit02
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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 revise and expanded to be turned into a full length book.
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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 revise revised and expanded to be turned into a full length book.

* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:The stalker terrorizes the narrator for years, killing several of his loved wins, and at the end, he dies blissfully with Josh-dressed-as-the-narrator.]]
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* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:The stalker terrorizes the narrator for years, killing several of his loved wins, ones, and at the end, he dies blissfully with Josh-dressed-as-the-narrator.]]

* [[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 killed 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 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 killed 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 not telling Dathan about the stalker or getting more involved with the police, Dathan's mom!]]
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* [[spoiler: NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nice job not telling Dathan about the stalker or getting more involved with the police, Dathan's mom!]]
13th Sep '15 1:31:03 PM iamconstantine
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* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:The stalker terrorizes the narrator for years, killing several of his loved wins, and at the end, he dies blissfully with Josh-dressed-as-the-narrator.]]

* CrazyJealousGuy: [[spoiler:The stalker. He goes after several of Dathan's loved ones, including his potential girlfriend, for no other reason than that they are close to him. He even kills his ''cat''.]]

* NothingIsScarier: See PresentAbsence below. It makes the stalker a ''whole'' lot more frightening.
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* NothingIsScarier: NothingIsScarier ** See PresentAbsence below. It makes the stalker a ''whole'' lot more frightening.frightening. ** The [[spoiler:death of Miss Maggie. We don't get any graphic detail, but her body came out in ''garbage bags.'']] * RealityEnsues: Arguably the most horrifying aspect of the story is how realistic it is.

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* NothingIsScarier: See PresentAbsence below. It makes the ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler:The stalker a ''whole'' lot more frightening.kidnaps Josh and pretends that Josh is the narrator for an unknown amount of time. He even makes Josh dye his hair and wear the narrator's clothes.]]
3rd Sep '15 12:43:27 AM landmark356
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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each chapter is named after a single plural noun that is relevant to its respective story.
3rd Sep '15 12:33:12 AM landmark356
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* StalkerShrine: [[spoiler: At the end of "Boxes", Dathan and Josh find out the stalker has broken into his old abandoned house after they moved and took his childhood clothes (that he left behind packed in boxes) and hung them back up in the closet and pasted numerous photos he took of Dathan on the walls.]]
3rd Sep '15 12:27:44 AM landmark356
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** It was almost implied that Mrs. Maggie might have been the stalker based on her senility and confusing Dathan and Josh for her sons. The boys also point out how despite her friendliness, she always gave a creepy vibe and Dathan's mom always told him to never go into her house whenever she invites him in. Her innocence is made clear when [[spoiler: the stalker murders her to get closer to Dathan.]]
6th Aug '15 5:55:34 PM Gravityman
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* [[spoiler: CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: 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. And hadn't Dathan's mother gotten more involved with either the police or even ''telling'' Dathan of what occurred wouldn't have led to Veronica's death nor arguably her relationship with Dathan to become strained]].
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* [[spoiler: 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. And hadn't Dathan's mother gotten more involved in particular ends up unintentionally making things worse by not communicating with either anybody about what's going on, not getting the police or even ''telling'' involved enough, not telling Dathan of what occurred wouldn't 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 led to Veronica's death nor arguably her relationship with Dathan to become strained]].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]].
31st Jul '15 6:12:06 PM BronyoftheOctaves
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* ChildrenAreInnocent: Josh and Dathan are honestly just two sweet little kids. Josh may be a bit of a trouble maker, but he's honestly a nice kid. [[spoiler: He even tell Dathan he has a surprise for him for his next birthday, only to learn that the present he had planned was the completed map from the "Maps" chapter.]]
31st Jul '15 6:10:19 PM BronyoftheOctaves
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* [[spoiler: NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nice not telling Dathan about the stalker or getting more involved with the police, Dathan's mom!]]
31st Jul '15 5:38:57 PM BronyoftheOctaves
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* [[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 killed his pet cat, his kind old neighbor from his old house, 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 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 killed his pet cat, his kind old neighbor from his old house, 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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