My Immortal is commonly regarded as not only the worst fanfiction ever written, but also the worst thing ever written.
- Date Discovered: 2006
- Discovered On: Fanfiction.net
My Immortal is infamous. When it was first posted in 2006 on fanfiction.net by XXXbloodyrists666XXX, more commonly known as Tara Gillespie, it's popularity snowballed as people from all around came to gawk at the disaster. Despite being just one of many sub-standard fanfictions on the site, My Immortal was singled out for its textbook examples of the tropes of bad fanfiction, as well as inventing a few new ones. Tara's account was frequently hacked, trolled and flamed, but, like HIV, she was resistant to attacks and the chapters just kept on coming. In 2008, fanfiction.net's moderators took notice and deleted the story for not being up to their standards, but it had already gained a legion of "fans" by then.
There are long standing debates about the true origins of My Immortal as well as boatloads of conflicting information as to the original author's identity, or whether or not he/she was a troll.
On one hand, My Immortal reads like the perfect parody of terrible fanfiction, Mary Sue characters, and teenage goth culture. It's so bad it seems almost scientifically designed to piss people off. Never before in the history of the internet has a fanfic so vile come about by sheer accident. Also, the staggering amount of spelling errors and occasional odd glimpses of greater understanding and knowledge of literary works also cast doubt on MI's legitimacy.
However, one must also remember that Tara does seem to be a real person with a history of displaying these gothic habits, and has accounts on many websites corroborating her persona. In order for Tara to be a troll, somebody would have to actually craft the persona of "Tara Gilesbie, uber-goffik retard girl," then actively create and manage Tara's many accounts, not to mention the incredible effort it would take to actually write My Immortal in the first place. This person would also then likely have to create the persona of Tara's friend Raven, which would include writing her terrible Mary Sue stories as well. All of this would take a great amount of willpower and a very long time to plan out and execute. Though many still think Tara is a troll, people always call troll on the internet so as not to seem gullible. Many people still hold that Tara is not a troll, but just a stupid adolescent girl who was mistakenly given access to the internet. It could be a group of people. Who knows?
Whatever the case may be, one thing that can be said is that if Tara is a troll, she is easily the most determined troll in history. The evidence is inconclusive, so one can never be sure.
Here is a transcript from a fanfiction.net user named TheBatman, who has since deleted the original post, which could be taken as evidence that it was all a troll.
On the other hand, there's also a fairly convincing account from someone doing a parody of My Immortal that could easily be true as well.
In the end, you'll just have to decide for yourself.
Quotes from My Immortal are thrown around the internet a lot when the discussion starts to turn to goths and emo music, as well as fanfiction. Here are couple of the most used:
- "B’loody Mary was standing there. “Hajimemashite gurl.” she said happily (she spex Japanese so do i. dat menz ‘how do u do’ in japanese). “BTW Willow that f***ing poser got expuld. she failed al her klasses and she skepped math.” (an: RAVEN U FUKIN SUK! FUK U!)
- "WARNING: SUM OF DIS CHAPTA IS XTREMLY SCRAY. VIOWER EXCRETION ADVISD."
- "Dumbledore had constipated the cideo camera they took of me naked."
- "Snap was spying on me and he was taking a video tape of me! And Loopin was masticating to it!"
- "“U c, Enobby,” Dumblydore said, watching the two of us watching the flame. “2 c wht iz n da flmes u mst find urslf 1st, k?”"
- "I did sum advanced Biology work. I was turning a bloody pentagram into a black guitar. Suddenly the guitar turned to Draco!"
- "I wuz so turned on cuz I love sensitive bi guyz. (if ur a homophone den fuk of!)"
- "“NO.” he muttered loudly."
- "“I MAY BE A HOGWARTS STUDENT….” Hargirid paused angrily. “BUT I AM ALSO A SATANIST!”"
- "I TOOOK OUT A CIGARETE END STARTED TO smoke pot."
- "“WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING YOU MOTHERFUKERS!” It was……………………………………………………Dumbledore!"
- "Why couldn’t Satan have made me less beautiful?”
- "I cried sexily "
- This story got over 10,000 reviews on Fanfiction.net
- At one point, it was possible to buy a novel of My Immortal.