The author of My Immortal has been revealed...

Discussion in 'Internet Fiction/Fanfiction' started by Windows7Guy100, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. Windows7Guy100

    Windows7Guy100 Well-Known Member

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  2. Duhtay Wodes

    Duhtay Wodes The Uh-Mehwican Dwe-yum

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    "The truth is a gripping, compelling, and surprisingly funny story of how a young girl infiltrated and used the fan fiction community to search for her brother by baiting their attention with a deliberately badly written tale, creating a 10-year mystery that garnered pop culture media attention and remained unsolved — until now."

    I'm a bit intrigued to know how a badly written fanfic could help find one's own sibling...
     
  3. Uncle Frank

    Uncle Frank When life closes a door, jump out the window.

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    This is probably some person claiming to be the real author. It's happened before.
     
  4. Duhtay Wodes

    Duhtay Wodes The Uh-Mehwican Dwe-yum

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    It's "A Million Little Pieces" all over again.
     
  5. Princess Celestia

    Princess Celestia Your local techni-color horse.

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    Then the marketing worked.
     
  6. Duhtay Wodes

    Duhtay Wodes The Uh-Mehwican Dwe-yum

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    I mean, yeah....I kinda *would* like to see how you go from "Writing a shitty fanfic" to "I found my brother...."
     
  7. NAITCHA BAH

    NAITCHA BAH 16-time World Champion

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    It doesn't matter if she really wrote it or not, as long as the take to find her brother is a great tale. To quote The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
     
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  8. Liquid Squirtle

    Liquid Squirtle Still Stuck on the Moon Staff Member

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    I'm with @Uncle Frank on this one. This isn't even close to the first time someone's tried to claim that they're Tara before although this is the most high-effort of them. I get the suspicion that the story about finding her brother was added into this because the story of someone writing My Immortal purely as a troll fic is always going to be worse than the hilarious thought that this was real. Using a shitty fanfic to find her brother is a bit ridiculous.

    Just a regular Noodle Incident, no matter what the actual story is it's become so much of a legend that any explanation is going to be underwhelming compared to what we come up with in our minds. Better for it to stay unsolved tbh.
     
  9. Duhtay Wodes

    Duhtay Wodes The Uh-Mehwican Dwe-yum

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    I just personally want to see how someone, anyone, can turn the narrative of "Yeah, I totes wrote a deliberately bad fan fic on purpose" into "Well, I was able to find my brother because of this shitty fan fic".

    Could this all be bullshit? Yeah, it could, but I can't lie and say I'm not intrigued...
     
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  10. Kine the Ocean Sunfish

    Kine the Ocean Sunfish The CWCki Club's resident Kirby fish

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    I personally liked to think the author was just J.K. Rowling herself trolling the fanbase with a shitty fanfic.
     
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    Little fun fact, someone once pm'd an account I created to publish fanfiction back in 2005 when I was really young. That person asked me how I write such terrible fanfiction and said they were doing it for 'research'. Apparently, some other people got a similar pm, mostly authors on the Spyro section of the site. I was 11 or 12 at the time, so I was incredibly offended that someone thought my fanfiction was terrible, yet baffled at someone asking how to write something equally bad. I think that my account was something like SpyroFan9 or something stupid.

    Anyways, My Immortal ends up being written and becoming incredibly popular a while later, and in the Spyro archive some people started wondering if Tara was actually that person who sent the pm. Probably not, but it did lead to some guys claiming that their stories were the inspiration for My Immortal, and one guy writing a long 'confession' claiming that he wrote My Immortal as an attempt to troll people and claimed that they were inspired by the terrible fanfictions on the Spyro archive.

    Why Spyro, you might ask? Well, looking back, the Spyro archive was being flooded with terrible fanfiction written by 'edgy' kids (like myself) after the Spyro reboot gave him a new backstory and the games a darker tone. That being said, 2006 was the year of 'darkness' and 'edginess' in the fanfiction community, every archive was filled with edgy teens writing stories similar to My Immortal (and every teen who wrote those stories claimed that they were actually 'trolling' people with the terrible stories when they attempted to join the trolling communities in 2007-2011). It's not exactly a ludicrous statement to say that 'Tara' was being completely serious when she published her 'masterpiece'.
     
  12. Duhtay Wodes

    Duhtay Wodes The Uh-Mehwican Dwe-yum

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    "I purposely wrote a shitty fanfic to troll the fanboys/girls" really seems to be the writing equivalent to "I was just *pretending* to be retarded, and you trolls fell for it!"
     
  13. TheVoid

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    Personally, there are obviously some people who do 'troll' people by making shitty fanfics. The problem with those fanfics is the same as the problem with 'parody' boy bands that were around at the same time as Backstreet Boys and NSYNC, the 'parodies' are pretty much indistinguishable from the real thing. I mean, making fun of a fanfiction filled with typos by making a fanfiction filled with typos is like making fun of a moldy grilled cheese sandwich by making a moldy grilled cheese sandwich.

    Also, what's with the edit to my comment? It might be just me, but you seem to be making little jabs at a number of forum members lately. What's up with that? If you're ashamed to be around us, you can leave the site.
     
  14. Duhtay Wodes

    Duhtay Wodes The Uh-Mehwican Dwe-yum

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    I'm.....not really sure what you mean by that. I was quoting a specific part of your post because it made more sense then to quote the whole post for one point I was going to make.

    And taking jabs at forum members? You'll need to forgive me if I don't know what you're talking about.
     
  15. Goddessoftheshire

    Goddessoftheshire Bitch Supreme

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    Was that the same community that spawned LadyAlt69?