Follow TV Tropes
“Out of Character: Nearly everyone. Ironically, averted with McGonagall, who appears once to yell at Ebony and Draco for having sex.” The part about McGonagall is inaccurate. She shows up many chapters later to help Snape tie up Ebony, Draco, and Vampire so he can kill/torture/“rap” them or whatever.
Can we rephrase the text of the Genre Launch entry? Imho it's quite distasteful to use cancer as a metaphor, and goes against the lighthearted spirit of the site.
I refer to this part:
"Despite FF.net's valiant efforts to preserve the wellbeing and sanity of the overall populace, this new trend where good and decent writers produce worse fiction than the worst writers has proven to be a rather deadly and resilient cancer."
The REAL author of My Immortal has been found.
One, it was a troll fic:
Two, how people found her :
And three, her reactions to it being public knowledge now:
Yup, posted the same thing myself just a bit ago. We really need to get a Mod/Admin in here to update the article.
Side Note: It's a testament to her own elusiveness that even with this flood of evidence Rose has provided more than a few people are CONVINCED she's not "Tara".
A few people are convinced that the moon landing was a hoax, so...
I'll believe they found the real Tara, but "it was a Troll Fic" reeks of Parody Retcon and I don't believe that for a second.
It was briefly discussed in ATT.
Rose Christo disappeared back into obscurity as quickly as she appeared, with her memoirs being pulled from publication and her identity as "Tara" being seriously questioned.
Yep, I believe we all sort of heard about that when it came out and yeah we're not editing this on the basis of that.
Okay so, this time it looks to be for real
Should we update the article to include this new information?
Yes, it does seem to be warrantable IMHO.
Apparently the real Tara Gillespie has emerged. From everything I've read, this is seemingly legitimate. Mystery solved?
A wee bit many impostors so far, seems like,
True, but everything this blog has said has had a ring of truth to it; the stories about Raven all seem to be believable and correlate with the story as well.
According to a fictionpress account that seems likely to be Tara's, which the owner updated just this month to say a few words (mostly "no, I'm not Lani Sarem"), she is on tumblr but she uses her real name over there, and said real name isn't Tara. If you believe the fictionpress account is real, then the tumblr account is a very elaborate fake. Still, both claims are convincing enough that I'm actually willing to believe one of them might be real. 2017 is wild.
Sorry to resurrect this old discussion and I know we have lots of those "Oh here's the REAL Tara"..but this happened:
Possibly add Bungled Suicide to the tropes list, since Ebony and her friends attempt suicide numerous times throughout the fic and fail either because a) they get distracted, b) weird vampire powers or c) Unexplained Recovery
The place to ask for is here.
The page seems to have automatically renamed itself since that link to The Web Series was added.
It seems to be going off again.
Fixed again. Check the headline if there are more issues.
I wish that I could correct the dates that Voldemort attended Hogwarts. It's not "canonically, the 1940s." Tom Marvolo Riddle was born 31 December 1926, and, like Hermione, started attending when he was a year older than everyone else. So he attended from September 1938 to June 1945. Yes, he attended Hogwarts in 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944 and 1945, but 1938 and 1939 don't qualify as the Forties no matter how you look at it.
Feel free to ask here.
Should a page be made for the webseries adaptation? And if so, how should the page be named? (they called it "(My) Immortal" to show that they weren't an official adaptation, but I'm not sure what's the policy around here)
Well, if it's named WebVideo.My Immortal, it should go there.
Why is "Giftedly Bad" here? I'm against this being a non-YMMV trope at all, but it especially doesn't fit here because Tara doesn't have any other notable works, and if she did, it would be more appropriate for her own page.
Underneath "Author Avatar" there's a bullet that says Tara once described Ebony's hairstyle and then told readers to email her if they wanted to see the picture. If I remember correctly, she was describing one of Amy Lee's hairstyles and probably meant a picture of Amy Lee, not of herself.
I don't know what disturbs me more. The fact this has a page, or the fact people had to read it to give it a page. I pity whoever did, with all my soul.
How about the fact that this page has 21,442 inbound links? (This makes it almost four times as popular as The Lord of the Rings, though that one has more wicks.)
Trope: Trolling Author.
Apparently a man named Todd Gilesbie on Deviant Art claims to be the trolling author. Tara could indeed be a Lemony Snicket. http://todd-gilesbie.deviantart.com/ The Youtube videos are likely unrelated trolls trying to cash in on the joke.
According to Encyclopedia Dramatica, this guy would hardly be the first to claim it, but he's not on Dramatica's My Immortal page section of fakes & imposters, also this guy has been sticking to this claim for over a year.
Outside of whether or not Todd is the real Tara.....
Tara claims to be Dyslexic. Real Dyslexics tend to use the correct letters & scramble them as well as scramble the order the words go in, they also misspell the word the same way every time. This story's text is misspelt intentionally. It seems likely if you look at the spellings & remember how letters are laid out on a standard keyboard, like "how did you mess that up? Those two letters aren't even near eachother."
Tara is also the textbook definition of a "poser" & is clearly mocking everything she claims to be a fan of. Also claims to hate Hillary Duff, yet lets it slip that she watches her movies.
Looks like Fan Fiction deleted it again. Anyone know where, if anywhere, it can still be found?
I asked for a Wikia link this time. Let's see if it stays up better.
Here's a few other places hosting the story.
Tumblr informed me that this fic passes the Bechdel Test. (Enoby and B'loody Mary discuss how Willow that fucking poser got expuld. There may be others.) I never noticed that, and now I am amused.
The end is nigh! It got a WEBSERIES! http://www.youtube.com/user/MyImmortalWebSeries (And it's kind of funny...)
Add Wiki Rule to the main page:
Yes, it has one. let us all weep.
Actually, entries about The Wiki Rule go on Trivia pages, and that subpage isn't locked here. I've added it for you.
It has a comic book adaptation.
Isn't Thirty Hs the Spear Counterpart?
You know, I get that whether or not My Immortal is actually just a prank or not is a Riddle for the Ages, but then you'd have to subscribe to a crap-ton of other crazy theories:
One Less Lonely Gurl , the infamous Spongebob trollfic found here http://www.onelesslonelygurlfanfic.blogspot.com/
...should be added as the preppy, Spongebob equivalent of My Immortal. Not to mention, the fic itself is full of shoutouts to MI.
Is the author of 'My Immortal'. So, it was a troll all a long. Not to mention a /guy/.
http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1413070/XXXmidnitegoffXXX was also updated to reflect this.
I'd add this info myself but I could do it no justice...
Is it possible to be sure? I mean, depending on how widespread this person becomes it could well be worth mentioning, but I personally am going to take it with a handful of salt.
Don't believe it. Sorry.
Over the years, My Immortal has had so many people come out and say they created it, and that account itself has been hacked on several occasions.
On top of that, "midnitegoff" isn't even Tara's original account - that's xxxbloodyrists666xxx. Though in fairness, that account was also hacked several times. If this person really wanted to prove they were a troll behind it all, they SHOULD'VE updated bloodytearz666 (Raven's unhacked account)... which they didn't.
So yeah, I'm pretty sure this guy is just trying to ride on the coattails of MI's fame and get his work out there. However, if he has any independent evidence to prove it, the burden of proof is on him. And boy, is it a big one.
The Repost got deleted and re-uploaded. The new repost is here; could someone add it?: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8170735/1/My_Immortal_REPOST_rereupload
And I think it got deleted again. The best remaining one I could find is here: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6200297/1/My_Immortal
Does anyone have a list of webcomic adaptations of this?
The link to the story is dead for me — ff.net says no story with that ID exists. I know where to find another copy, so should I change the link to that?
Could someone add "[[hottip:*:chewing]]" after the fourth instance of the word "masticating", please? Thanks.
The article at the moment claims, at What Happened to the Mouse?, that Professor Mc Gonagall's last appearance is rather early. She actually has a short appearance in the final chapter - maybe it should say "speaking appearance"?
Hey, guys. I'm doing a MST 3 K of this wonderful story. This link leads to the first part. http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5948484/11/Mystery_Science_Theater_1000
Are these things from YMMV true?
Since the page is locked, can somebody who has access to it add in two extra "counterpart" fanfics on the list given in the description? The other two would be FaCe ThE StRaNgE and Naruto Veangance Revelaitons.
I agree. The Portal counterpat version of this is "IT'S MY LIFE!"...
Might want to add Did Not Do The Research - in MI, Tara managed to get the names of Filch and Mrs Norris the wrong way round - calling Filch 'Mr Norris' and Mrs Norris 'Filch'.
Not to mention the MILLION. OTHER. EXAMPLES.
Need a mod to either delete the "Genre Launch" entry, or change the trope line to Genre Popularizer.
Um. this is terrifying for me to admit... but... i had never heard of MCR untill i read this fanfic.
so, i looked up one of their songs on youtube, and was pleasantly suprised to find that they were a LOT better than the story here. well. not that thats hard. but. im rambling.
thank you, Tara.
Not sure if this is Tara Gilesbie, but according to a few people this person might be her. Reading through this and My Immortal, the style seems similar. But you guys know her stuff better. Is this a real deal or not?
I have an issue with the long list of "recommendations" at the end of the main text. While My Immortal is held as a benchmark for extremely poor fanfiction, the count of examples should qualify it as a Genre Launch. It should be moved into an index or something similar.
In chapter 37, the one confusing sentence appears to be from Willow's POV, since she was in that scene as well.
I recently added a riffing of the first seven chapters to my Shadow Hearts Mystery Science Theater 3000 Fanfic. Here's a link:  Some advice would be nice.
You know, the descent of this fanfic into an unreadable mess is made even "funnier" when you consider the fact that it was caused by Tara's former translator committing suicide.
What translator? Where, exactly, are you getting your information? As I understand it, it didn't "descend" into an unreadable mess since that's kind of where it started.
Raven didn't commit suicide, she and Tara got into an argument and that resulted in Raven refusing to beta after 15 chapters.
Huh, I remember reading somewhere that she died. Oh well.
Raven being dead was mentioned in the third Author's Note to the My Immortal sequel Wake Me Up Inside. This user originally posted it in 2008, before copping to being a troll; so it most likely didn't happen, if Raven was even real to begin with.
Zukos Adventure should be put there as the Avatar: the Last Airbender counterpart.
Look at this
I think the "may or may not" link in the sentence "The story may or may not be the work of a Troll." Should link to Poe's Law instead.
There is a parody of this fan fiction for the Portal 2 franchise, called "ITS MY LIFE!"
Hold on, I need to make a TV Tropes Wiki page.
I made a big bowl of popcorn before watching a movie, and happened to start reading this article while the popcorn was popping.
Now the it is all gone, and I didn't even notice it disappearing because this was so entertaining.
To everyone who worked on this page: thank you.
Time to read the actual fanfic.
-Salutes- May the force be with you.
A co-author has confessed to it being a Troll Fic, according to Oh Internet.
Anachronism Stew, since Tara keeps forgetting the story it meant to be set in the nineties (e.g. My Chemical Romance was formed in 2001)
I was recently reading over this article, and the fanfic itself, and noticed something. What the hell happened to Justin? Many of you might be asking "who's Justin?" which would be understandable since it seems so many people forget about him, but he's there- in the first few sentences, no less! In the first AN, she [Tara] says this: "Justin ur da luv of my deprzzing life u rok 2! MCR ROX!". Considering the fact that Justin *is never mentioned again*, and given the fact that Tara just LOVES telling her readers random things currently happening in her life (which, of all people, you think would involve Justin) I feel like he warrants a major mention under What Happened to the Mouse? or even perhaps, his own entry on the page under Chuck Cunningham Syndrome. I ask this simply because the page is locked (which is VERY frustrating to a My Immortal fanboy such as myself), in hopes somebody will do it for me.
Oh, also, Encylopaedia Dramatica recently noted that a fanfiction.net user posted this "confession" to writing it. It seems hard to believe, especially considering that they deleted that confession soon after, and, as of right now have deleted their account too. Is this notable enough to be mentioned here?
Haha, good eye. I never really paid much attention to the Justin thing myself. Maybe try and contact one of the mods directly?
PS: Figured I'd look at your profile for the lulz. Nice music taste. *is a music slut as well* :-D
I think I may try that. I also noticed this gem in chapter 42's (the next to penultimate chapter) author's note: "fangz 4 da help wiv facts, medusa u rok!!!111" who. the. FUCK. is "Medusa"?
o and fangz 4 da complament 2 my musik tast. if ppl dont like da music i lik den tey can shoot tha fuck up cuz der jst stupid preps and can fuk off ok!!!!!!111111!11!!11!!!1
Justin is mentioned once more, in the A/N for chapter 25: AN: stop flaming ok if u dnot den il tel Justin 2 bet u up!1111
I can't believe I know that, but there you go. Might still count for some trope or another though, as he only reappeared once, and only a little over halfway through.
Man, I'm a My Immortal fan and even I didn't know that. But like you said; it's still very What-Happened-to-the-Mouse-ey
Another What Happened to the Mouse moment, though happens during chapter 16's Author's Note: "fangz 2 britney5655 4 techin muh japnese!" (Chapter 16 was the chapter were Raven and Tara briefly disownded each other, and the chapter where all the Gratuitous Japanese started to show up.)
Also, does anybody know anything about this supposed quiz Tara once posted? (Referenced in part of Chapter 17's author's note "u kin tel weder ur a prep or not by ma quiz itz on ma hompage. if ur not den u rok. if u r den FOOOOOK UFFFFFFFFFF!")
Okay, so the My Immortal rehost site seems to have gone down. Not sure how permanent this is, but still, could a mod please tweak the article to reflect this? The only other rehost I know of is on Encyclopedia Dramatica, unfortunately...
Not very permanent, apparently; it's been up for at least the past few days. :)
Has anyone tried translating Taraese? I've done the first ten chapters in an attempt to make it legible and get rid of the plotholes. It's not because I hate the lulz, I just want to see what could be going through her mind (passively = passionately, apparently; I have no idea how I figured it out), and find out what the plot is, exactly. So far, the grammar isn't actually that bad; just a LOT of costume porn. I'm afraid of getting to sporking the spiked heroin cabaret, though. That'll be hard.
You kind of answered your own question. "Has anyone tried this? I have." Anyway, I'm entertaining the idea of doing something similar for the infamous Translation Train Wreck of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, though. Although in that case, I'd be attempting to make the story coherent while pretending it has nothing to do with Star Wars.
A few people have. Here's one. Also, I never realized the "Passionately" thing until now.
Just wondering, is there any trope that refers to unusual applications for a person's junk? I'm referring to the line "Sorious cocked on da door" from Chapter 34 and wondered if there was a relevant trope that could go in his entry on the character page.
One commenter on the pottersues sporking shared this little confession:
"Ok... so I guess it's about time I finally set things straight. What a better day to pick then April Fool's, don't you think? I've just managed to pull off the scheme of the year. I tricked most of you (that is to say the idiots) into thinking this story was for REAL! Ha ha, not. I've been dropping ANVIL sized hints throughout the whole story, and to tell you the truth, I thought this fic wouldn't last a week. But you all caught on! Congratulations, you are all officially idiots. But hey, I don't mind, I had a good laugh out of all the reviews, especially the flames, and the ones offering constructive criticism... sorry, but all you people just wasted hours of time, for nothing! Ah, I love being a troll. ...
Sincerely, wishing you a lovely April Fool's Day, Tara"
This post was from back when the fic was still on FFN. Is there any way (geddit, like Gerard) to prove that this note existed? The post doesn't specify whether it was part of a chapter, or on her profile for one day, or what. I'm dying to know for sure whether this was real (although it probably can't be disproven, so here's hoping it did happen and that someone, somewhere, has a screenie).
This frankly doesn't make sense to me. Why would Tara put this message somewhere, and then take it down? And why would its existence remain so obscure for so long?
Reality Is Unrealistic: Just this morning, it started snowing and raining at the same time. No seriously, it did!
That's not exactly something Tara made up. It's called sleet.
If anyone can edit the article, should we add Half Life Full Life Consequences to the list of similar fanfics?
I have the same opinion, along with putting Doom Repercussions Of Evil up on the list.
Holy shit, there's a biblical version. http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5263209/1/Heavenly_High. I'm not even a religious person and STILL think this is blasphemy.
I would like to add that this includes Switching P.O.V., but the page is locked.
It also has Auto Erotica as well, but as you mentioned the page is locked, and heaven forbid someone unlocks it so we can edit the page again.
Why has no one mentioned the caramel at all? It's a Brick Joke of epic proportions!
Can we give an example of what My Immortal guessed correctly about the seventh book? You know, for the people like myself who don't want to actually read the thing for the sake of mental stability, but are still curious. I still haven't been able to find an article saying what the noodle incident was.
Harry was Voldemort's Horcrux and he did commit suicide in a sense. He Got Better.
Ah, thank you for clearing it up. That really is a long shot for some one as boneheaded as the supposed Tara to get lucky. Makes you wonder...
I know a ton of people, myself included, who had that same speculation between books six and seven...what I'm wondering is, if she'd only seen the movies, how did she know about Horcruxes at all? The sixth one definitely hadn't come out yet.
At one point, Tara actually started reading the books... So she claims
There is actually an article Fail O'Suckyname. Could someone fix the Awesome Mc Coolname entry? As it is it looks...rather bad, with a red link to the nonexistent article Mc Coolname.
Where would one put a dramatic reading? Links can be found on this page
We should add a link to the My Immortal Drinking Game.
It doesn't link to Starkit's Prophecy. Admin, please capitalize the k in Kit
Isn't it a good idea to delete some tropes from My Immortal's main page? Many tropes there are also mentioned on the character sheet. I think deleting some tropes on the main page will result in a much more organized page.
Can we haz unlock now plz?
look above you. see that spam? if this was unlocked, the spam would return with a vengeance. That stuff isn't funny. This is coming from someone who enjoys reading the So Bad It's Horrible pages, that's not funny. this will probably stay locked, and should stay locked.
(To 22.214.171.124) No it should not stay locked. The bad examples can be deleted but we should be allowed to have the page back
Pretty much what Blob Pink Dragon said, people want to add tropes to the page, and other people can clean up the so called natter when it appears, but no one can do that until the page is unlocked.
"Beyond The Impossible: How bad can Tara's spelling get? The strongest case one could make for this being a parody is that no one could possibly make that many typos."
My friends, you have not spent nearly enough time reading the new submission listings on fanfiction.net if you believe that. I seen numerous fics with literally a typo every 2-3 words (and left mean reviews). That doesn't count all the punctuation, grammar, and capitalization errors. It's quite clear that literacy is not a requirement for writing fanfic. Hell, just pick a fandom's new submissions list and read the summaries for a few pages!
There are a few suggestions I would live to make for the current lead, mostly because the revisions, while less wordy, took away some useful context. First, for the opening sentence:
Once upon a time, a person known as Tara Gilesbie created a Fan Fiction that re-defined the meaning of 'bad.' My Immortal is that fanfic.
"A person" was just a closing of a long-running joke of insulting Gilesbie with suggestions on her species. May I instead recommend this:
My Immortal, by Tara Gilesbie, is a Harry Potter fanfiction that set the gold standard for all subsequent badfics.
I'm tempted to pipe So Bad, It's Good here, because I can't imagine not finding a single funny thing in this.
As you can see, this might just be the most polarizing fanfiction ever written for Harry Potter, or anything else.
Just scrap this line. It was originally a joke, but the context was lost when the struck out comments of "best" and "worst" were deleted.
Noteworthy on this Wiki for being the source of, Trope Namer and Most Triumphant (or scary) Example for Draco In Leather Pants.
This too. The trope namer was The Draco Trilogy.
For The Legend Of Zelda version, see My Inner Life, and you'll get Gannon Banned if you compare it to The Legend Of Zelda CDI Games.
The last bit of this sentence sounds ridiculous without its original follow-up "Those games are fucking epic." Consider scrapping it.
I may come back with more suggestions for the rest of the article, but really, next time a purge is done, Fast Eddie needs to find someone to double-check the remains.
For that matter,
For the Warrior Cats version, see Starkits Prophecy.
That's a redlink, though I'm not sure whether that's because we decided to get rid of it or because it belongs in the Fanfic/ namespace. Either way, needs fixing.
I'd just like to say that making a Back to the Future cameo during a time travel scene (if done right) has serious Crowning Moment of Awesome potential.
To bad it was done in My Immortal, where the size of the "tim" machine wasn't even correct.
It's a Deus Ex Time Machina!
Wait, why is this locked again? Last time I could at least point to a few edits in the history and say "you see that, that thing, stop doing it, grow up etc", but this time, I have no idea what happened.
This is pretty much just for clarification, as I dislike not knowing.
This page was a spam target and it was just too much of a pain in the ass to deal with about two dozen /b/tards adding shit per day.
Oh, fine, whatever. I was considering adding an example of How Do I Used Tense, but I don't want to bait the /b/tards. Oh, and if someone has editing power, this fic was not the source of Draco in Leather Pants.
I wish I could've seen the reviews for the fic's original publication, before it got deleted.
Oh, they were something magnificent. Well over 10,000.
The Draco Trilogy was the Trope Namer for Draco in Leather Pants, wasn't it?
Yes, it was.
I think this one really put it over the fence, though. The Draco Trilogy only had Draco in Leather Pants for one scene, if I'm not mistaken.
It was one scene that became something of a meme, and the trend of putting Draco in Leather Pants (literally and metaphorically) was already in full swing when Tara came along.
Additionally, I believe TDT predates MI by about five years. I suppose it could mean that's how Tv Tropes found out about it but it seems somewhat unlikely.
PS if you are THE szaleniec1000 please update. I will love you forever.
I'm getting a new computer soon, and hope to get back to a more regular schedule then. My old computer died and the even older laptop I'm using till I replace it isn't up to the job of video editing. Thanks for the interest. :)
because Tara's account has been hacked into at least 3 times, possibly more. We have no idea if it was Tara who added that troll to her favorites list.
Probably not the latter....
I love the tone of this entry, it reads like an appalled sociologist is trying to make sense of it for a university project or something :-)
Hmm, how to split the examples properly between Rouge Angles of Satin and You Keep Using That Word? I'm pretty sure "passively" (meaning "passionately") goes in the latter, and simple spelling errors that inadvertently cause unrelated words go in the former, but those that have likely been shifted by the spell-checker... not sure, especially since someone pointed out that it's unlikely the fic has ever seen the touch of a spell-checker.
People seriously attempted the drinking game?
Yep. I did with regular Coca-Cola, along with my friend and my brother, who did it with Dr. Pepper and Sprite respectively.
I made it the furthest (chapter 32) before I just couldn't go any further without risking serious Type 1 Diabetes. My friend Ben made it to chapter 24 before his parents came for him. From what I'm told, he went to chapter 29 before giving up when he got home. My brother was determined to beat me, but he passed out at Chapter 28.
The archived discussion somehow lost the part where I got annoyed at people who were putting the image back and getting the article re-locked. End result: A thread on Image Pickin'. If you think this article needs an image, start by going there.
That link is dead, but does anybody know who originally posted the infamous Dumbledore image? They helped save my life, and I'd like to get to tell them.
Community Showcase More