YMMV / My Immortal

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • It's only too easy to see the "preps" as the good guys and the "goffs" as the bad guys. After all, the "goffs" are all utter jerks and we never see the "preps" do anything to deserve the treatment they get. In particular, the fic wants us to see Britney as the Alpha Bitch and Enoby as the Cool Loser. But who's the one judging the other for how she dresses? Who's the one who sits by and takes the other's abuse without retaliating until the end? Who's the one gets followed around by a large group of friends while the other one always seems to be on her own? The only time Britney acts like the Alpha Bitch is towards the end of the story when she breaks Snap, Loopin, and Hargrid out of Azerbaijan and tells Ebony that Voldemort "will, like, totally kill your friends." And Ebony immediately tortures her afterwards.
    • "Dumblydore". Is he a "poser" just trying to be cool like Ebony thinks? Is he a brilliant Chessmaster Obfuscating Stupidity to manipulate Ebony into destroying "Volsemort"? Or is he just an old, senile guy who does things at random?
    • When Enoby used the Killing Curse at the end, did she aim it at Voldemort or herself?
    • Satan Bombadil Anderson: Attractive 80s goth or Time Traveling Con Man?
    • One of the biggest interpretations of My Immortal is the fact that whether or not it is a shining example of Troll Fic or one of the most infamously bad fan fics out there. As the years went by following the fic, the internet has slowly put together that it may be a carefully orchestrated and intentionally bad fan fiction, as most began to note how certain words ("come"/"came" is an example) are put intentional, how certain elements in the fan fiction had to come out if Tara had read some rather grand novels (such as the reference of Lord of the Rings), ect ect. Nobody really knows and the lack of update of the fan fiction has caused it to be the most questionable fics in the internet.
  • Accidental Innuendo: Whether it's actually accidental depends on whether the fic actually is a parody or not, but regular words are occasionally "accidentally" spelled wrong and turned into obscenities, e.g. "Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge" becomes "Mystery of Magic Cornelia Fuck", "Professor Slughorn" becoming "Professor Slutborn", etc.
    • This dramatic reading interprets almost every use of the word "come"/"came" this way, which is easy since a character's arrival in a scene is usually signalled with something like "and then Draco came" without any qualifiers.
  • Ass Pull: Many examples. At one point the characters need to find Draco (who Volfemort has bondage, whatever that means). To solve this, Vampire "has an idea" and teleports them into Voldemort's lair. Enoby whines endlessly about stuff much easier to solve than this, like choosing between Draco and Vampire.
  • Author's Saving Throw: It's hard to tell but when Tara explains the fact Dumbledor was calling Ebony and Draco "Motherfuckers" because he had an headache can be seen as an attempt to this.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Well, most of the plot really comes off as this, but Chapter 10 really stands out. The author's notes say it deals with "serious issues"... and it proceeds to be extremely bizzare even by the standards of the rest of the fic, with Enoby shooting Snap and Loopin "a bazillion times" to seemingly no effect, Dumbledore suddenly coming in and shooting them with his wand, and Hagrid declaring his love for Enoby out off nowhere. (which seems to be Retconned out in the next chapter, with it apparently being Cedric instead who did that... or not, or... argh!)
  • Bile Fascination: Seriously, this was the most popular thing on Fanfiction.net if the reviews were anything to go by.
  • Cardboard Prison: "Azerbaijan" doesn't seem to be able hold anyone for long, despite its canon counterpart being The Alcatraz.
    • At one point, Brittany, who as far as we know is an ordinary Hogwarts student, was able to orchestrate a breakout.
  • Crack Pairing: Hedwig/Voldemort. note 
  • Critical Research Failure: Tara admits that she bases some of it on the movies because she hasn't read all of the books. This is a very good way of hitting the Fandom Berserk Button in Harry Potter fandom circles, but everyone's too busy laughing to care.
  • Designated Hero: Ebony often does things far worse than any of the so-called villains of the story. One of the few character traits that actually remains consistent is that she judges your morals by the way you dress.
  • Designated Villain: Britney doesn't do anything aside from being a "prep". Except in chapter 42 where it's stated by 'Proffessor Trevolry' that Britney freed Snap, Loopin and Hargrid from "Azerbaijan". How or why exactly, Trevolry (and Tara) never goes into.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Draco himself.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Dumbledore!
  • Fetish Retardant: The whole thing. See IKEA Erotica.
  • Fountain of Memes
  • Fridge Horror: A literal interpretation of many passages in this story will give you a rather disturbing mental picture. "He put his boys thingie in mine", coming from Ebony, anyone? So try to avoid literal interpretations.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Memetic Mutation: According to Know Your Meme, this story has achieved memetic status.
    • WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING YOU MOTHERFUKERS!
    • ...and Loopin was masticating to it!
    • And there was ______, looking extremely fucking hot.
    • Among hardcore fanfic-ers, this has produced so many memes that it has basically reached Fountain of Memes status. There are at least five quotable lines in every chapter.
    • Now just quoting the opening paragraph (sometimes editing it to align with a specific fandom) is a popular meme circulating on Tumblr
  • Narm: Oh so much. In the author's notes, Tara often states that the story deals with "sris issus", but all the spelling and grammar mistakes make it unintentionally hilarious.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Again, the chapter with the "XTREMLY SCRAY" disclaimer.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Given the first-person format of the story, we never see exactly how Britney busted Snape and Lupin out of Azkahbian/Azerbaijan/Afghanistan.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Most of the plot is focused on a Vampire/Ebony/Draco Love Triangle. Even Voldemort forcing Ebony to kill "Vampire" is treated as though it were simply a complication to all the romantic drama.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Dumbledore is a poser, Lupin is evil, in a relationship with Snape, and a necrophiliac, Arthur Weasley apparently raped his children, Snape is a prep, a villain, and a pervert, and that's just the characters Tara intended to be evil.
  • Rooting for the Empire: The villains or characters who oppose Ebony are usually harmless and the heroes are more than likely flat, as well as so unheroic and unsympathetic that people find the villains far more interesting
  • Sequelitis: The original is considered by some to be So Bad, It's Good, but most of the parody sequels are just plain painful. No matter how hard many may try, none can match Ms. Gilesbie's literary... um, achievement.
  • Snark Bait: Possibly more so than anything else on this wiki, even Twilight.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The main reason to read it is to laugh your ass off at how terrible it is. Nobody's really sure if this was the intent or not, but it's certainly the result.
    • A surprising piece of evidence that it was intentional: the constant references to My Chemical Romance. Sure, at first glance, they're about as "goff" as you can get. But they constantly resist the label 'emo', and when you listen to some of their songs, particularly "Teenagers", you can hear that they're criticizing people that claim not to be 'mainstream' but are simply conforming to a different norm; that's exactly what My Immortal does, whether it intended to or not.
      • Another piece of evidence is the subtle mention of Lord of the Rings characters, who were only mentioned briefly in the novels but never shown in the movies. Being able to know that must highlight the fact that Tara (if that's her real name) must have read the actual literature and it's quite hard if you can barely spell or read your own work.
      • There's also the fact that she refers to characters, scenes, and objects that were only in the books, or only given names in the books, such as Professor Sinistra (astronomy) and Arithmancy (maths is notably the only real-world subject mentioned), and uses very minor characters from the movies, like Dobby and Fudge, or else characters nobody who writes fanfic like this would actually use (such as Umbridge).
  • Strangled by the Red String: Ebony and everybody she hooks up with.
  • Values Dissonance: The out of character-ness of everyone is even more jarring for British readers, as the fanfic includes decidedly American high school stereotypes, such as a lack of uniform, the prep social group, and 16-year-olds driving their cars to school.
  • Wangst: Ebony's constant whining. And this gem from Draco:
    "No one fucking understands me!1" ''he shouted angrily as his black hare went in his big blue eyes like Billie Joe in Boulevard of Borken Dreamz.
  • What an Idiot: Ebony/Enoby, despite being told that Draco and Harry were a couple long before Draco and her had "you-know-what", insists on believing that Draco cheated on her. About a paragraph later she has a "brainstorm" and wonders if Draco and Harry dated before she started dating Draco. Whether this is genuine stupidity on Enoby's part, or the result of Tara forgetting what she just wrote, we may never know.
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