Reviewing My Immortal\'s technical deficiencies is well-trodden ground, so instead let me speak of its cultural longevity and impact on the internet. Because whether we enjoy the fic or not, its influence cannot be denied. Why did it survive when so many other troll fics or bad fics or even good fics have fallen by the wayside? My explanation for why My Immortal grabs us is that it is an ugly Matryoshka that perfectly contains the gem inside. The identity of Tara Gilesbie will be forever obscured in mystery due to the very nature of her medium. It\'s not even a matter of whether her fic exists as an intentional parody or not; it\'s more that we cannot know for sure that the people who claim to be Tara are in fact XX Xbloodyrists 666 XXX. However, despite us never knowing who Tara Gilesbie is and whether or not the person claiming to be her wrote this masterpiece, we DO have a clear idea of who XX Xbloodyrists 666 XXX is. We know she aligns herself with goffick subculture and is attracted to Gerard Way. She has a best friend named Raven, and when they have a falling out, we get to see how their fight intensifies and gets resolved almost in real-time by reading her fic. While the surface plot is disjointed, there is a continuity if we are to read the fic as Tara\'s story instead of Enoby\'s. Enoby and the world she creates becomes, in a sense, the author\'s projection of the ideal. It is the closest we can get to peering into someone\'s essence. She mangles the form because her message will only be hindered by the rules of prose. At the same time, she is hyper-aware of the conventions of her chosen medium and uses it to her advantage, communicating more of her character through various author\'s notes scattered through the piece. This kind of character development cannot be done outside of fanfic. People don\'t often like \"obvious\" troll fic, and thus, they gravitate towards My Immortal because it reads like its sincere and pure. It\'s bad, true, but it fully gives itself to a medium derided for its badness without cynicism or hesitation. TL;DR: My Immortal is using the conventions of fanfic that are often ridiculed to communicate a whole other story of a fully-realized and complex character—someone so intriguing that she exists in internet discourse to this day.
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