I mean half the time online things get popular for being terrible, to the point where we seem to idealize attention and popularity more than quality. The more I think about this the more I think it would actually be a really great topic.
It really would!
Plus, assuming that My Immortal was written by a troll, it actually fits Tolstoy’s definition of art to the letter: that is, the work must elicit the emotions in the audience that the author was feeling and/or wanted to communicate. If we assume My Immortal was written by a troll specifically to get the response of half amusement half outrage and horror that My Immortal usually inspires in people, then we have an iron-clad definition of My Immortal as art in Tolstoy’s eyes.
And that’s awesome.