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08 March 2005 @ 08:17 pm
Where's the Shotgun of Logic and Decency When You Need It?!  
I was discussing writing within your area of knowledge and expertise with reunion earlier this evening, when I mentioned that mine is urban legends, but I never write about them. I sometimes reference them in my originals, but the last time I wrote in my area of expertise was the Get Backers fic that centered around fairy tales I wrote a couple years back.

Now I am plagued with ideas about split-mouthed women (Japanese UL that most non-Asians aren't familiar with), roving organ stealing black market surgeons, vanishing hotel rooms, and ghostly hitchhikers. ~_~ I will not let the plotbunnies win, dammit! I won't!

*Sits in the corner, whimpering.*
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Current Music: "In Aeternum" by Missing Heart
slytherinblackslytherinblack on March 8th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
Oops, I borrowed it, sorry. [gives back]
But WK already did the black market thing so you're forbidden from that. Even though you'd do it much better.
A Guy Named Goo: Cracker Tyrantaguynamedgoo on March 8th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Oops, I borrowed it, sorry. [gives back]
WK, YnM, and the GB manga all did the organ theft. Still one of my favorite ones for plot device reasons, though.
Lorenasir_hellsing on March 8th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
Urban legends? That sound intriguing. Do you know some of England? Or France? Hmm.
A Guy Named Goo: Girlycardaguynamedgoo on March 8th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
The version of the vanishing hotel room that I am thinking of originated in England in the 1800s. There's also some great ones involving good samaritans being lead to their doom, and religious versions of the vanishing hitchhiker. ^_^ I could go on for a while, though. I'll tell them to you if you're interested...
A Guy Named Goo: Integra Ode to Cynthiaaguynamedgoo on March 9th, 2005 04:03 am (UTC)
Vanishing Hotel Room (British Urban Legend, usually set in France):

A young Englishwoman and her mother go on vacation to Paris, a trip they have been planning for quite a long time. They spend a few days there enjoying the sights and having a good time, when suddenly the mother takes ill. The daughter decides to stay in the hotel room with her mother at first, but as the woman's condition deteriorates she has no choice but to seek medical care.

The woman requests a doctor in the hotel lobby, and one comes to her room and examines her mother. Explaning that it is a treatable condition, he writes her a perscription and tells her the name of a pharmacy that is still open to get the medication.

The woman leaves to get it filled, and when she returns she stops at the desk to ask them to ring her room. Upon giving her room number, the clerk seems very confused. He insists the room is vacant and has been all week. The daughter tries frantically to find some evidence that she is in that room, but can find none. She left her room key with her mother and the doctor so she wouldn't lose it, and she doesn't have a receipt.

The man at the desk, seeing how frantic and insistant she is, agrees to take her to the room to show her that no one is there. He takes the daughter up, opens the room...and it's completely different from when she left it. She furniture has been changed, the wallpaper is new, and her mother and the doctor are both gone.

In her panic, the woman starts shrieking, asking where her mother is. The clerk calls the police, who come and restrain the woman. Just as she is being taken by the police officers she overhears the clerk talking to the head officer: "That woman's mother had the plague. We had to get rid of all the evidence that she was here or there would be panic."

The woman was taken to a sanitarium in southern France, where no one ever believed her story about her plague-stricken mother being taken from her by dishonest hotel staff.

It's believed that this story originated in the 1800s, and speaks to the British opinion of most foreign countries at the time: that foreigners are unscrupulous toward tourists and disregard their opinions on matters. By making the two main characters women they further heightened the outrage: these people would even take advantage of naiive woman. Added with the shock value that the plague may have returned but there is apparently a massive cover-up between hotel workers and doctors, and you have a frightening tale meant to keep people on their home soil. (There are some modern updates of this story set in other countries. I saw a short film that set it in Florida in the US in modern times.)
Lorenasir_hellsing on March 9th, 2005 10:02 am (UTC)
Thanks! This can be useful for humor/horror plotbunnies I have for PxS.
A Guy Named Goo: Integra Ode to Cynthiaaguynamedgoo on March 9th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
Glad to be of some help. ^_^ Also have some British legends about dead bodies and brandy, innocent women who try to do the right thing on the streets of London only to be lead to their doom, men so thoroughly tricked into believing they have been executed that they actually die, and apparently in England many people still believe that you shouldn't have a cat if you have a baby because the smell of milk on the baby's breath will draw the cat to cover it's mouth and kill it.

From France we have the belief that wine given to military officers is laced with saltpeter to kill their libidos (an American version says that it's the coffee, and a German version says it's soda in the meat), and a popular legend from the Lyon region says that golfers drown in water hazards going after the golf bags they threw in anger and forgot they had their car keys in the pocket of.

Also know some great war time stories and legends, especially from WWII. ^_^