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Read it and Weep

Sep 7, 2012

It takes a lot to be crowned "Worst Fan Fic of All Time."  It takes almost too much.  So while My Immortal has held that title for some time, we are the anti-doping body and we're here to investigate.

My Immortal is Harry Potter fan fiction, imagining a world where Harry and the gang are all goth kids that wear eye liner, cut themselves, and have sex with each other all the time.  Sometimes in front of Hogwarts teachers.  It's a sad, scary world and the plot doesn't make a whole lot of sense.  But as you read, little things start to stick out to you.  The spelling is bad, but it's bad in a very particular way that feels purposeful.  Characters from other works are mixed in, like Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.  Oh, and it's too funny to be an accident.

We comb over the work looking for clues like these and in the end, decide it is probably troll fiction.  And that makes it both less good, and less bad, than we were originally led to believe.