By Amber Lyons | Art & Photo Editor
Fan fictions, or fanfics, are stories created by fans of a fictitious universe who use its characters and settings to create their own plots and storylines. Some of these stories are great: the characters maintain their personalities, the plots are feasible within the context of the original universe, and the story is entertaining. Then there are the others: the awful fan fictions. The original characters’ personalities are completely skewed and the writing is poisonous to the eyes. Like a bad horror movie, these monstrosities can be far more entertaining than the original material they imitate. And the worst of the worst? My Immortal.
Since being published on fanfiction.net in 2006, My Immortal has gained tons of popularity for being completely and totally atrocious. Supposedly written by “Tara Gilesbie,”a thirteen year old Harry Potter fan, the drama takes place in the Harry Potter universe. My Immortal’s plot is chaos and is made even more confusing by consistently misspelled words. It’s so ridiculous that readers have theorized (and hoped) that it was actually created to mock fanfiction writers who place themselves into fictitious universes.
The characters stray far from their original designs. Harry Potter is renamed Vampire, and he and Draco Malfoy are former lovers who wear ‘guffik’ (the author’s misspelling of gothic) clothes. Hermione is renamed B’loody Mary Smith and is the daughter of a suicidal vampire. Remus Lupin and Severus Snape are renamed Loopin and Snap and are lovers and pedophiles. These characters revolve around, and validate the existence of, the new face of Hogwarts: Ebony (often misspelled as “Enoby”) Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way, the only person who can kill Voldemort and save the school. Enoby is a tortured soul who is obsessed with Hot Topic, hating preps and My Chemical Romance. She is ‘perfect’ in every way: having five different characters fall in love with her, she says, “Im good at too many things! WHY CAN’T I JUST BE NORMAL? IT’S A F[***]ING CURSE!” Enoby runs from one sexual tryst (or as the author writes, “you-know-what”) to another, which, like her adventures, are all climax and no resolution. At the end of each chapter all you know is that some male character is in love with Enoby and somehow she has saved them all from an unknown evil.
Last July My Immortal was turned into a web series featured on Youtube. The web series is loosely based on the fanfiction—loosely because there is no plot to follow and the screenwriters had to invent an actual personality for Enoby. The result is surprisingly clever: when they can’t create sense, they just make things more outrageous. Snap and Loopin are presented as Voldemort-created clones of Remus and Snape, and a foil for Enoby is created in the character of Violet who is the daughter of Voldemort and has three Dark Marks and “Tom Riddle’s original wand.” There is still only a limited amount of original character personality, but the actors run with what they have been handed and give back a funny and creative presentation, with characters self-aware to the point of referencing fanfiction tropes in their dialogue.
To watch this fantastic parody of the worst fanfiction ever you can find them on their YouTube channel MyImmortalWebSeries. If for some reason you would like to read the original Frankenstein of a story, check out http://myimmortalrehost2.webs.com/.
This article originally appeared in the April 2014 issue.