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Offline KashatriaTopic starter

Questing for Monsters
« on: November 02, 2009, 04:16:18 PM »
Alright, I need help....

my proffesor is asking me to write a paper on the various monsters people in society beleived in when they were younger...The only one I seem to be able to think of is the "monster under your bed". I need a few more....
Any ideas??If you do...If you can please give me a little something behind what your monster is...justin case i have never heard of it ...Thanks...

Offline Caeli

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2009, 04:19:19 PM »
Monster in the back of the closet.
Toilet monster.
Trash can monster?

Could probably also include ghosts, though I've always considered them friendly. :-)

Offline MercyfulFate

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2009, 04:19:51 PM »
So it's just what you knew of as a child? I'd say the Boogeyman is one of the big ones, and similar to the monster under the bed.

However if your assignment can expand to anything, there are things like the Jersey Devil, Bigfoot and others. A lot of this will be regional though.

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Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2009, 04:20:51 PM »
my monster when i was younger was the chimey smoke ninja and the clown Mr. Pennywise from It.

Offline KashatriaTopic starter

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2009, 04:22:54 PM »
Its alright if it is reginonal....its a mythology and folk tale class we go over things from all over...Thanks guys...

Offline Mathim

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2009, 04:41:38 PM »
How about the monster in the closet? Monsters, Inc. style! But I was also afraid of aliens, too. Does that count?

Offline KashatriaTopic starter

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2009, 04:42:41 PM »
not sure if aliens count though...but thnx

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Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2009, 06:13:37 PM »
Oh, there are all sorts.  Boogeymen, werewolves, vampires, poltergiests, demons, clowns, ghouls... the list goes on and on.

Offline Nimmy

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2009, 07:42:51 PM »
There's a few more that I can come up with off hand. The Jersey Devil, the chupacabra, the wendigo (this legend is actually pretty cool, if a bit gruesome) the Green Monster (wait, that's a mascot... :P).

Here's a blog that has a few posts detailing New England folklore, if you're interested and think it might help. There's a few "monster" like creatures detailed in there, mostly in October, but a few others scattered through. Some of this is actually pretty interesting, mostly because I know so little about my region.

http://newenglandfolklore.blogspot.com/
« Last Edit: November 02, 2009, 07:54:38 PM by Nimmy »

Offline KashatriaTopic starter

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2009, 08:33:41 PM »
Thank you I will be sure to check that link out...

Offline Kate

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2009, 08:41:30 PM »
ghosts likely would be part of it
(alligator in the sewerage pipes, gremlins in the roof, tooth fairy, lepracarn at the end of the rainbow)

I think your essay would be a good read if it talked of classes

"places you shouldn't go/ cant go/ dont often know"
underlying theme unknown => dangerous and bad and your already "IN" the best place currentl and life is like treading a high rope where danger is on all sides - this is reflected heavily in upbringing.

"don't go there - streets are dangerous - strangers are dangerous ... dont trust others ... more to the point many parents say "dont do this" without having the time to explain WHY - which is why the imagination of kids may think of something which would represent danger in that area (and beleive parents didnt want to tell them because they didnt want their kids scared).

Interesting project - as a teacher smart choice to give others as marking would make for interesting reads

Offline KashatriaTopic starter

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2009, 08:55:15 PM »
basically what I have to really sdo is give a moral behind a different monster. like monster under your bed....dont leave things under there they will get stolen...someting like that...

Offline Kate

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2009, 10:27:21 PM »
I think the most intersting essay if you have to choose one monster would be the lepracharn at the end of the rainbow with a pot of gold

that also plays tricks or you need to do riddles

riddle => reward
or effort ( go to the end of the rainbow ) => reward

simply because it gives hope and happiness and promises good things in life if you keep your dreams and focus solid etc.


Offline KashatriaTopic starter

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2009, 10:30:17 PM »
That is a good idea, thanks..

Offline KashatriaTopic starter

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2009, 01:20:35 PM »
Thank you guys so much....I got a 98 on my total over all grade for this assignment.

Offline Nimmy

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2009, 07:01:16 PM »
Congratulations! Awesome grade!

Offline KashatriaTopic starter

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2009, 08:30:25 PM »
Thanks so much.....now I have to write a fairy tale....fun fun

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Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2009, 08:44:40 PM »
Just remember - the old fairy tales didn't always end 'happily ever after'.   >:)

Offline KashatriaTopic starter

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2009, 09:12:35 PM »
Yeah i know i have one started ubt i think it sounds weird..

Offline Mathim

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2009, 10:48:31 AM »
Honestly, all you've have to do is go to your local video store and walk through the Horror section for five minutes and you'll find every mythical monster, both crappy and cool, on the covers.

Offline KashatriaTopic starter

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #20 on: November 04, 2009, 03:13:57 PM »
Actually I cant, my proffesor already told us we can not base out story of off  a movie so thats out of the question.

Offline Nimmy

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #21 on: November 04, 2009, 03:18:57 PM »
Pick a country and then go searching around for some folklore. You might be able to get some form of inspiration from there if you're still looking for a topic.

Offline KashatriaTopic starter

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #22 on: November 04, 2009, 03:23:28 PM »
I have a story started I posted it in the story telling thread, just not sure where else to go with it...writers block..

Offline Rhapsody

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2009, 09:29:18 PM »
The creepy house at the end of the block with the psychopath living in it.  Every town has at least one of those.

Offline Lamia Amorist

Re: Questing for Monsters
« Reply #24 on: November 06, 2009, 04:23:53 PM »
Did anyone mention bloody mary? Google that one. Supposedly if you go in a bathroom, dimly lit by a candle or something, turn ten times saying "bloody mary" and look in the mirror, you'll see a dead women.