You don't know me. Probably. You were internet famous before that was even a thing. You predate YouTube. You represented the epitome of terrible fanfiction, you were the self-appointed Queen of the goffs (goths, for those nasty preps who Just Don't Get It), and you will probably be remembered for years to come.
"Hi my name is Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way and I have long ebony black hair (that’s how I got my name) with purple streaks and red tips that reaches my mid-back and icy blue eyes like limpid tears and a lot of people tell me I look like Amy Lee (AN: if u don’t know who she is get da hell out of here!). I’m not related to Gerard Way but I wish I was because he’s a major fucking hottie. I’m a vampire but my teeth are straight and white. I have pale white skin. I’m also a witch, and I go to a magic school called Hogwarts in England where I’m in the seventh year (I’m seventeen). I’m a goth (in case you couldn’t tell) and I wear mostly black. I love Hot Topic and I buy all my clothes from there. For example today I was wearing a black corset with matching lace around it and a black leather miniskirt, pink fishnets and black combat boots. I was wearing black lipstick, white foundation, black eyeliner and red eye shadow. I was walking outside Hogwarts. It was snowing and raining so there was no sun, which I was very happy about. A lot of preps stared at me. I put up my middle finger at them."
You were a Mary Sue. You frequently spelled things wrong. You misunderstood the basics of sexual biology. You dated Vampire Potter, and had sex with Drako Malfoy in the Forbidden Forest after a My Chemical Romance concert. And truth be told, no one has any idea who you are. Were you the sole creation of Tara Gilesbie, intended to be a scathingly satirical character revealing the flaws and failures of fandom? Were you also the 'hacker' that wrote the last two chapters? Were you genuinely a teenage goth living in Dubai who was just really into Harry Potter?
Famous for Being Bad
'My Immortal' (named after the Evanescence song) was posted on fanfiction.net in 2006. The first few chapters spread, but overall the work didn't merit comment. It was disregarded as badfic. But unlike other stories of this ilk, the story kept growing. Before it disappeared off the site, it was over 22,000 words long, and there were over 10,000 comments on a single chapter. It caught the attention of Encyclopedia Dramatica (back when it was full of trollish hackers who reveled in making teenage girls feel bad about themselves).
The social media accounts associated with the author began to disappear after being hacked. Chapters 39 and 40 were written in a completely different style, and the author's note suggested that they were penned by a hacker. The entire thing was a trainwreck, and it's one that everyone in the fandom community remembers.
But this isn't about that.
This is about Enoby.
Wherever you are, whoever you are: you have contributed so much to fandom. Have you seen the fanart of you (or your character, if that's what the deal is)? People have made fanart of your fanfiction that might be a satire of fandom. People *love* you Ebony. I love you. Whatever you intended, the work you created is a significant part of fandom history. You changed the way we look at fanfiction.net, possibly for the better (because from the frustrations with the poor management of the site and the overall 'pit of voles' rose Archive of Our Own). You gave us so much joy.
So I hope you're happy.
I truly mean that. I hope you know how much you mean to so many people. People you've never met. People who read and write fanfiction and who live in a community that's weird and self-fulfilling and sometimes a little ridiculous. Because for all the hate you got, for all the mean comments, I can guarantee you also got a lot of love. And maybe some of it is overdue. Maybe people didn't realize what an important piece of literature they were reading almost ten years ago.
Thank you, Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way, for all that you've done for fandom.
(Fanart by kgishfishart).
If you want to read it, My Immortal has been reposted with its own wiki. I strongly recommend getting a bottle of vodka, several friends, and some goff makeup, and making a night of it.