Mystical Wednesday: What are urban legends?
September 18, 2013 3 Comments
There 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.
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.