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  • 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, such as "Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge" becoming "Mystery of Magic Cornelio Fuck" and "Professor Slughorn" becoming "Professor Slutborn". This dramatic reading interprets almost every use of the word "come" and "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.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Of the characters:
      • 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 does anything bad 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.
      • Is "Dumblydore" 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? Was he mad at Ebony and Draco for having sex in the Forbidden Forest because it was irresponsible and dangerous or because they had sex?
      • 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?
      • Why did Dobby run away crying after witnessing Snap and Loopin doing it? Was he simply horrified by stumbling across such a sight? Or was he actually enjoying it and fled in tears out of embarrassment when Evony caught him watching?
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    • There is substantial debate over whether My Immortal itself is a genuinely bad but sincere fanfic or a brilliant Troll Fic. There's all sorts of evidence pointing in both directions:
      • The grammar and spelling are downright awful. Now, it's sadly quite common to see terrible grammar on the Internet. But some of the fic's misspellings are utterly hilarious, and many of the funniest are different words spelled correctly, like "masturbating" becoming "masticating", "orgasm" becoming "orgy", "clapped" becoming "crapped", "Azkaban" becoming "Azerbaijan", and "seductively pointing" becoming "selectively pontificating". One might think that the spellchecker did a "Cupertino effect" on the fic, but most of the rest of it has clearly never been exposed to a spellchecker. The "Tom Bombadil" misspelling also suggests that she read The Lord of the Rings (as Tom Bombadil doesn't appear in the films), which would be inconsistent with the level of literacy displayed elsewhere in the fic.
      • On the subject of reading, there's also evidence that she's read the Harry Potter books. At one point in the author's notes, Tara claims that she's only familiar with the films, which is a beautiful way to push the fandom's buttons, but she also references characters and elements who don't appear in the films, like Professor Sinistra and Arithmancy. Similarly, characters from later books like Umbridge show up when the fic may have been written before they appeared in film. Then again, it's suggested that her friend Raven who has read the books suggested that she add in those elements.
      • What to make of the "hack"? It's certainly a very dedicated troll who would continue a troll fic after their account got hacked. It's similarly a very dedicated troll who would fake their account getting hacked and then go back to writing in the same semi-literate style — although there is some improvement in the writing after that point.
      • What to make of the constant references to My Chemical Romance? At first glance, they're about as "goff" as you can get. But the band has consistently rejected the "emo" label, and several of their songs — "Teenagers" in particular — criticize their fans who only like them so that they can claim not to be "mainstream" but wind up conforming to a different norm. My Immortal falls smack into that Misaimed Fandom, and again, it's your guess as to whether or not that was intentional.
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  • Ass Pull: Many examples. At one point the characters need to find Draco, who's inexplicably alive after committing suicide two chapters earlier, because "Volfemort has him 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 Tara explains Dumbledore's gratuitous use of the word "motherfuckers" as him having "an headache".
    • Often during the fic, Tara will attempt to invoke this by inserting author's notes that start with a variation of (AN: c iz dat [insert criticism about her fic here]?) And just as often, she completely and epically fails.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Well, most of the plot really comes off like this, but Chapter 10 really stands out. The author's notes say it deals with "serious issues"... and it proceeds to be extremely bizarre 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 of nowhere. (The latter seems to be Retconned out in the next chapter, with it apparently being Cedric instead who did that... except the narrative seems to think they're the same character. Maybe.)
  • Bile Fascination: Seriously, this was the most popular thing on if the reviews were anything to go by, and it's the first thing that comes up when people ask Google for the "worst fanfiction ever".
  • Broken Base: The spectators are split between those who think it's a story written with genuine intent although with a less-than-stellar grasp of the English language, and those who believe it's a masterfully crafted Troll Fic. Just look at any message board discussing the story, and chances are that you'll see an equal amount of both viewpoints.
  • Crack Pairing: Hedwig/Voldemort. Well, human!male!Hedwig/young!Voldemort.
  • 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 upsetting people in Harry Potter fandom circles, but everyone's too busy laughing to care.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Middle-aged men perving on a high school-age girl, gratuitous self-harm, mistreating an old man with both Alzheimer's and "kancer", and people threatening suicide (and, in one case, actually going through with it) should not be amusing. And yet, the story is so over-the-top and badly written that it's hilarious.
  • 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 she did that, Trevolry (and Tara) never goes into.
    • Dumblydore is an odd case. He is still treated as a respected and "wise" wizard (although most of the "wise" things he does are barely more intelligent than what Enoby does). Throughout the story, he saves Ebony and her friends and organizes attacks against Volxemort. But he also sides with the preps, protects them from Ebony, and gets mad at Ebony and Draco for having sex in the Forbidden Forest — which, aside from the issue of teenage students having sex, is also a pretty dangerous place to do it. The only genuinely evil thing he does is refuse to save Draco from Voldemort.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Draco himself, naturally. He's now Ebony's boyfriend (or one of them anyway), and he's been retooled into a good guy. Which, by Tara's esoteric standards, means that he's a whiny, emotionally unstable doormat.
    • Oddly enough, Dolores Umbridge is painted more positively than she is in canon, which is again something that pushes the fandom's buttons because the character is an incredible Hate Sink. Here, she's still pretty stuck up, but she's also a Reasonable Authority Figure who recognizes Voldemort as a threat and prioritizes the students' welfare.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Dumbledore, largely for his ever-quotable introduction.
    • Professor McGonagall, or rather, "Preacher McGoogle". Every time she shows up, it's either to shout something absolutely hilarious or to lay down the law on the heroes, or both.
    • Britney the prep is pretty much the face of every reader, since she's treated unfairly despite having done nothing to deserve it (until the end, at least).
    • To a lesser extent, this version of Umbridge is positively received, since she's actually a decent human being.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Three words: Voldemort in heels.
  • Faux Symbolism: At one point, Ebony and B'loody Mary watch das niteMARE b4 Xmas. Said film is about being yourself and not trying to be someone you don't understand. While it was likely included in the fic because it's "goffik", the message ties in well to the preps/posers/goffs conflict.
  • Fetish Retardant: The whole thing. It's very hard to get titillation out of lines like "He put his thingy in my you-know-what".
  • Fountain of Memes: The more memorable lines became general-purpose memes, but among experienced fanfic writers and fans, just about every possible standout line can be considered a meme.
  • 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? Try to avoid literal interpretations.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Idiot Plot: The Triang Relations between Ebony, Vampire, and Draco. As manwithoutabody's Dramatic Reading points out:
    "So here's a girl that claims to love bisexual men, and here are two bisexual men, and all three of them are into each other. There's an easy solution to this, guys."
  • Memetic Mutation: According to Know Your Meme, this story has achieved memetic status. For hardcore fanfic aficionados, it's hit Fountain of Memes status, with at least five quotable lines in every chapter. Tumblr had a meme of just posting the first paragraph of the fic (sometimes with names and places changed to align with a different fandom).
  • 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: The warning "SOME OF DIS CHAPTA IS XTREMLY SCRAY. VIOWER EXCRETION ADVISD" is just so funny that almost nothing in the chapter — as long as it was written in the same style — could ever hope to be that scary.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: This fic became one of the most popular on the Internet for all the wrong reasons. Tara kept showing up, despite the trolls and the flames, and despite her threats of self-harm in response to negative reviews, and seemed almost galvanized at its popularity.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Dobby shows up for only one scene, but it's easily one of the most memorable ones.
  • 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 and other 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.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: More than a decade after it was published, people who didn't read My Immortal when it came out might not find it as side-splittingly hilarious as its readers did back in the day; the constant mispellings can come off as more "obvious parody of 2000s slang" than So Bad, It's Good, a lot of the references to emo and goth culture can go over people's heads, and folks who've spent a lot of years reading fanfiction can probably recall finding much worse material than the supposed "worst fanfic of all time".
  • 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.
  • Signature Scene:
    "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING YOU MOTHERFUCKERS?!" It was..........Dumbledore!
  • 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 was certainly the result.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Ebony and everybody she hooks up with.
  • Strawman Has a Point: If the story genuinely isn't parody, then Ebony's "enemies" can verge into this when they criticize her. At one point Dumbledore calls her a snob, which, given her elitest attitude towards those who are not sufficiently "goffic," is not inaccurate.
  • Unexpected Character: Let's be honest, Marty McFly (or rather, Morty Mcfli) is probably the absolute last person you'd expect to appear in a Harry Potter-based trainwreck like this.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: "Haters" often decry Ebony and pretty much most of the cast as this, even more than what the author intended. Especially Enoby, since she's an asshole even towards the people who are supposed to be her friends.
  • 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!: 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.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Some of Tara's clothing choices are truly hideous. Standout examples include boots with pictures of Billie Joe Armstrong on them, a dress with "silt up the leg", 'Crab' and Goyle wearing ripped gothic black dresses with 'a lace-up top thing', and in Chapter 15, Enoby has boots with 'Joel' written all over them.


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