The official summary:
Tara Gilesbie is failing her English class. No, she's not one of those honors kids who claim that they're failing when they really have a B. She has a literal F on her report card for English. So when she's asked to write a short story to bring up her grade, she does the only sane thing that a girl like her could do.
It can't be that hard to resurrect Oscar Wilde and get him to write her story, right?
But there's something a little bit...different about her teacher's favorite author. He can't spell or use grammar properly, so Tara gets Edgar Allan Poe to be his beta reader. The two of them have epic plans to write a "gothic reinterpretation of Harry Potter," but will it work out, or will the whole project crash and burn?
A brief tale of how the worst's worst piece of literature, "My Immortal," came about.
It can be found here.
- Back from the Dead: Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allan Poe both come back from the dead.
- Basement-Dweller: Poe and Wilde live in Tara's basement.
- Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Lampshaded In-Universe. One of Wilde's misattributed quotes is on a poster in Tara's room, and he claims that he never said that.
- Bi the Way: Wilde is bisexual. However, he seems to prefer men.
- Book Dumb: Tara.
- Buffy Speak: Done deliberately in reference to My Immortal after Poe's Lame Comeback.
- And that was when Oscar Wilde gave him what could best be described as a dude-youre-so-retarded look.
- Came Back Wrong: Both Wilde and Poe.
- Camp Gay: Oscar Wilde is the Ur-Example for this trope. It's inevitable that he's going to have some Camp Gay tendencies.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Wilde and Poe.
- Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: Tara.
- Comic Trio: Wilde is the leader, Poe is the idiot, and Tara is the Only Sane Woman.
- The Dandy: Wilde.
- Emo Teen: Tara is one.
- Epic Fail: Not only did Tara fail to get Oscar Wilde to write her short story, she indirectly created one of the worst pieces of literature of all time.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Wilde and Poe. However, Tara does attempt to explain all of the social and political developments of the 20th and 21st centuries.
- From Bad to Worse: Bringing in Poe only made My Immortal worse.
- Gentleman Snarker: Wilde, when he's sane.
- The Ghost: Tara's boyfriend Justin and Tara's Satanist friend Annabelle.
- Giftedly Bad: Both Poe and Wilde, post-resurrection.
- Goth: Poe seems to think that he's one. Subverted because he definitely isn't.
- Goth Girls Know Magic: Tara, but subverted because she is emo, not goth.
- Historical Domain Character: Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allan Poe.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Tara is 136 years younger than Wilde and 181 years younger than Poe. She is friends with both of them.
- Incompatible Orientation: Wilde's crush on Poe.
- Lame Comeback: "Yeah, well you're a prep!"
- Minimalist Cast: There is a total of five characters in this story (Tara, Wilde, Poe, Mrs. Gilesbie, and Mrs. Turner).
- Moustache de Plume: Inverted. Oscar Wilde's pen name is "Tara Gilesbie," and Edgar Allan Poe uses the gender neutral pen name of "Raven."
- My God, What Have I Done?: Wilde's reaction when he regains his sanity and sees My Immortal.
- Odd Friendship: Tara's friendship with Wilde and Poe.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: Apparently this is involved in the resurrection.
- Only Sane Woman: Tara.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Tara.
- Resurrected for a Job: Wilde was resurrected to do Tara's English homework. Poe was resurrected to beta read My Immortal.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: Oscar Wilde's writing after he Came Back Wrong.
- Running Gag: "Edgar Allan Poe, who I hate..."
- Sanity Slippage: Wilde.
- Sanity Strengthening: This happens to Oscar Wilde, but it is followed by Sanity Slippage.
- Self-Plagiarism: Wilde steals several plot points for My Immortal from his own works, most notably The Picture of Dorian Gray.
- Shipper on Deck: Tara seems to ship Wilde and Poe.
- Shout-Out: Certainly fewer than this author's other works, but there are a few to Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allan Poe's works, as well as bands such as My Chemical Romance, Evanescence, and Panic! at the Disco.
- Skewed Priorities: Tara seems to have them, as she decides not to dig up Oscar Wilde's grave not because it is illegal, but because it is in France.
- Stylistic Suck: Any of the "original drafts" of My Immortal.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Wilde gives one to Poe.
- Titled After the Song: Like My Immortal, this story is titled after an Evanescence song.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: "Necromany for Dummies."
- 20 Minutes into the Past: The story is set in 2006, even though it was written in 2016.
- Values Dissonance: Discussed In-Universe.
- To sum things up, you can't get arrested for being gay, but you can get arrested for marrying your thirteen year old cousin. Any questions?
- The Woobie: In-Universe, Wilde and Poe argue over who fits this trope better.
- Weirdness Censor: Presumably this is why Tara's mother doesn't notice that Wilde and Poe are living in her house until near the end of the story.