Mystical Wednesday: What are urban legends?

ghostsThere is no better fodder for stories, than legends. Maybe because some legends are thought to hold a kernel of truth to them. Stories are always more fascinating when we think they could be true, no matter how outrageous they may seem. Some of the best ghost stories are legends. How much of that event is real, well, that’s up to the person who’s telling the story.

Another reason could be that urban legends—like their fairy tale counterparts—hold some kind of moral lesson within them. Many of the old fairy tales were originally told to guide young people as they walked through life.

                ‘Many urban legends are framed as complete stories with plot and characters. The compelling appeal of a typical urban legend is its elements of mystery, horror, fear or humor. Often they serve as cautionary tales. Some urban legends are morality tales that depict someone, usually a child, acting in    a disagreeable manner, only to wind up in trouble, hurt, or dead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_legend

So, which to you like? Do you prefer the scary tales of death, or the humorous lessons of life? Myself, I prefer the humorous ones. Mind you, scary ones stick with you a little more. 

 

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

3 Responses to Mystical Wednesday: What are urban legends?

  1. I’ll agree the urban legends stick with you. 🙂 I don’t know that I prefer one over the other, but the urban legends tend to fascinate me more, probably because the details are more fleshed out.

  2. I love urban legends – I’m a little obsessed with folklore. I get fascinated with Old Hollywood urban legends – the late Roger Ebert’s second partner, Richard Roeper, wrote a book of Hollywood urban legends that I just ate up like cotton candy.

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