Well we had Deviation next so I got to ask Proffessor Trevolry about the visions.
As a few people on Tumblr and on Youtube have pointed out, Britney the Prep is probably the most important character in My Immortal, next to Enoby.
She’s just this regular girl, who doesn’t do anything bad, and yet both Tara and Enoby go out of their way to dump on her and paint her as a villain.
Britney is, for better or worse, the perfect manifestation of the enormous gap between how Tara sees the world, and how the world actually is, even in her own fictional universe.
Hargrid, too, sets the fic even more off-balance. Who is he?He’s not Hagrid — and if My Immortal was a trollfic, it’s not a normal trollfic, as a normal trollfic would certainly go out of its way to show the audience that it is Hagrid the fic was defiling — and he just vanishes halfway through the story, having popped in and declared his love for Enoby. He’s inexplicable.
Less inexplicable, though, is the shadowy, story-centering presence of Professor Trevolry/Sinister, the raven-haired Deviation teacher.
“Konnichiwa everybody come in.” said Proffesor Sinister in Japanese. She smelled at me with her gothic black lipstick. She’s da coolest fucking teacher ever. She had long dead black hair with blood red tips and red eyes. (hr mom woz a vampire. She’s also haf Japanese so she speaks it and everyfing. she n b’loody mry get along grate) She’s really young for a teacher. 2day she was wearing a black leather top with red lace and a long goffik black ripped dress.
TREVOLRY AND THE TROLLFIC
There are a lot of reasons to believe My Immortal was a trollfic. But it’s hard to say for sure.
The fact that I can name, off the top of my head, at least four separate people on the internet who have bravely stepped forth to reveal that they—yes, they!—were the ones who wrote the fic means it’s hard to pin down.
That makes Sinister such an interesting figure, in that she really makes the fic seem at least in parts, genuine.
Here’s the thing: If My Immortal was a trollfic, it was written by someone who had conceived of Tara as a fully developed character, peppering the story with extremely specific, idiosyncratic gripes that reveal so much about she thinks and feels.
I mean, even the typos are fascinating: most of the them come obviously from the fic having been crammed carelessly through a spellchecker (the beloved Azkaban/Azerbaijan thing comes from this, for example). If My Immortal is a trollfic, there’s a surprising amount of diligence put into crafting someone that seems so carelessly knocked off. The fic also rarely functions like a trollfic.
Most trollfics are about pushing the reality of the narrative to crazier and crazier places, for the behest of an assumed audience (see: Thirty Hs, and the like). They’re about irritating/amusing the reader.
But part of what makes My Immortal so hilarious is how much the story exists as deranged wish-fulfilment for Tara, who acts as both narrator and audience.
“What is it Ebony?” she asked. “Hey I love ur nail polish where’d u get it, Hot Topik?”
“Yeah.” I answered. All the preps who didn’t know what HT was gave me weird looks. I gave them the middle finger. “Well I have to talk to you about some fings. When do you want to due it?”
“Ho about now?” she asked.
“OK.” I said.
“OK class fucking dismissed every1.” Proffesor Trevolry said and she let every1 go.
While you could make the case for Goff!Draco, Vampyre Potter, Snap and Loopin existing as deliberate provocations, Trevolry/Sinister is an anomaly, in that she is there to at least try and get a story going.
She is the catalyst for the time travel plotline, for instance, and she’s there as expository device later.
More to the point, Sinister exists solely to fluff the ego of Tara, not to annoy the audience.
While trollfics reveal themselves because every aspect of them is calibrated to irritate you, the reader, Professor Sinister, more than almost every other character in the fic, seems to genuinely be a character a “goff” girl thinks would be a super cool teacher.
What I mean is, if My Immortal is a trollfic, it’s a super next-level trollfic.
“Oh hey there bitch.” Profesor Trevolry said in an emo voice dirnking some Volxemortserom.
Or… well, you know.
It’s hard to say.
What do you guys think?
Whereas any trollfic by, say, Comicsnix (The Wolf Blood Lineage comes to mind) is carefully crafted to be as outrageous and irritating as possible to any possible reader, My Immortal is beautifully crafted; it’s irritating in one specific way. Every annoyance and unbelievable irritation in My Immortal revolves around goffikness, rather than sheer shock value.
This is a good argument for My Immortal being not a troll fic. However, I would like to point out a few things that lead me to believe that perhaps My Immortal is a troll fic.
Consider the following excerpt:
Suddenly I was in fornt of teh School. In front of me wuz one of da sexiest goth guyz I had ever seen. He was wering long blak hair, kinda like Mikey Way only black. He had gren eyes like Billie Joe Amstrung and pale whit skin. He wuz wearing a blak ripped up suit wif Vans. It was…………………….Tom Bombodil!1111
Tom Bombadil is a fairly obscure character from The Lord of the Rings. He did not feature in any of the Peter Jackson films. He was in The Fellowship of the Ring rather briefly, and his purpose in the narrative was to show that there are older and more important things in the world than even Sauron. Some claim that Tom Bombadil was not necessary to the narrative, and he is often left out of discussions about LOTR mythology.
Now how in the ever-loving hell does Ms. Tara Gilesbie know about Tom Bombadil, let alone add him into her fanfiction? If she was an LOTR fan, if she thought LOTR goffik, one would think she would have mentioned it sooner, or included more characters from LOTR within the narrative of My Immortal.
Remember that Tom Bombadil was not included in the LOTR films. Keep this in mind when you read this Author’s Note, included by Ms. Gilesbie:
AN: stop flaming ok! I dntn red all da boox! dis is frum da movie ok
Tara, who did not red all da boox in the very series she is writing fan-fiction for, knows about Tom Bombadil, an obscure character from The Lord of the Rings that did not feature in any of the films? I find this suspect. Highly suspect.
It just doesn’t fit. She later claims that adding Tom Bombadil was a
AN: I sed stup fflaming I no his nam iznt tom bodil dat wuz a mistak!1111 if u dnot lik de story den u kan go skrew urself!11111 U SUK!111111
However, if you go with the “run through a spell-checker” explanation, this does not fit. Tom Bombadil (or Tom Bodil, or Tom Bombodil) are not present in any spell-checker. This is a direct contradiction.
The inclusion of Marty McFly also seems out-of-place in a similar, but not as severe, fashion:
“Ok.” I said but I new dat I had 2 get a new outfit. I walked outside wondering how I kud go forward in time. Suddenly someone jumped in fornt of me. It wuz…..Morty Mcfli!1 He was wering a blak bnad tshrit and blak bagy jeans.
How is Back to the Future, in any way, goffik? Why was Morty Mcfli included? The DeLorean wasn’t even brought in. One would think that the DeLorean would be involved, albeit with a black paint job and a license plate that says “666” or “Enoby.”
Why does Tara Gilesbie give a crap about Back to the Future? Again, it doesn’t fit. Although it is slightly more believable than Tom Bombadil’s inclusion.
These inclusions lead me to believe that My Immortal may in fact be a troll fic. However, there is no conclusive way to know for certain, and there never will be. Even if the original xxbloodyrists666xx account updates with a confession, there will never be any guarantee that it wasn’t hacked, or the password cracked.
My Immortal will forever be a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
These are all excellent points, and the presence of Tom Bombodil and Marty McFly do point to My Immortal being a trollfic.
In terms of defending the “Tara was genuine” stance (which I like to do because it’s fun), Tara was supposed to be 13-14 in 2004, which would mean taking a stab at Fellowship wouldn’t be too far out of her wheelhouse (I definitely choked the Tom Bombadil chapters down when I was 11 or so, and I was definitely writing awful fanfiction around that time)
It’s not a perfect defence, but it’s there for those who want it.