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Why I Believe in My Immortal

Some humorists poke fun by making good, solid stories that are enjoyable in their own right, but have another layer of comedy in light of another story or genre, which they cause us to reconsider.

Others set out to write a bad story on purpose, and then point out how bad the thing they made was, in- and outside the text in question.

Purposefully bad stories -- "troll fics" -- exist in pretty much every medium and genre, and most readers don't like them. That's unsurprising. They don't engage meaningfully with whatever they're trying to criticize, and it turns out that regardless of the author's intentions, bad stories are kind of bad[citation needed].

Some say that My Immortal, the crown jewel of Harry Potter fanfiction, must be a troll fic. Some say that no one could possibly write that in seriousness. Some say that it can only be a joke that got out of hand, a satire, a mean-spirited prank against all of fanfic-kind.

As for me, I have my own theory.

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OK, fam, I am actually interested in your book about the first mechanical ship's clock! But your publisher just had to subtitle it "The Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time" and drowned the copy in nonsense about how said Lone Genius bucked the scientific establishment, and it's sucking my life force

(I have a policy of devoting zero minutes per day to Lone Geniuses thx)

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The REAL Momo Challenge:

Value yourself and your time irrespective of what consumerist culture has to say about it

Sculpture 'Momo' by Ulrike Enders located at Michael-Ende-Platz square in Hanover, Germany.
Sculpture "Momo" by Ulrike Enders located at Michael-Ende-Platz square in Hanover, Germany. Photo copyright 2014 ChristianSchd. Released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 License. Via Wikimedia Commons.

(If you don't get this joke, do not look it up, because a terrifying shock image is always posted with it, even by supposedly reputable and responsible mainstream outlets. -_-)

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Knox and The Conjuring and Young Goodman Brown

I've been thinking a bit about the recent revival of demons and witches as the villains of movies. This post is an attempt to take all of my thoughts on the matter and boil it down into something coherent. And long, although it's broken up a bit with some nice pictures. (I wanted to put in 90s clipart, but I didn't. The sacrifices I make for you guys!)

Content warning: This post contains discussion of the Satanic Panic and Satanic ritual abuse.

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<garrick> Another season of Game of Thrones?! This is getting ridiculous! I know the books are long, but do they really need eight seasons just to do the first one?

<Doctus> Uh, I think they're based on the whole A Song of Ice and Fire series. They just gave the show the title of the first book because it sounded better.

<garrick> Oh.

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For my personal use, I have a big backup of my various fandoms' FanFiction.Net categories, just in case the site ever goes down. It's all Markdown-formatted .txt files, which both saves space and makes it easier to use bash tools on it. I was checking to see if a story I vaguely remembered from my youth was included in the backup or had been taken down in the interim (it had), but grep brought this "Obama chuckled"-like self-contained masterpiece to my attention instead:

Azumanga Daioh - X to the Zoltan - Bonkura Movie Night - 2225081.txt: "That guy you're shooting at looks like Gackt," Osaka observed.