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Book Title: Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Legends|
The author of the book: Yusuf Toropov
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 26.95 MB
Date of issue: May 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9780028640075
Read full description of the books Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Legends:Rating: 3.5 of 5
A fun introduction to urban legends. Not a huge selection of tales - nowhere close to N.E. Genge's book - and they were, for the most part, already well-known to me and probably most other people in the world. Toropov opened the book with the concept of "Urban Legends as Collective Dreams" which, although interesting food for thought, seemed out of place given the overall lighthearted tone of this guide. The real gems, though, were the sidebars, especially the "Strange but True" callouts.
I would recommend this guide to anyone new to urban legends, or anyone who wants a quick refresher before digging deeper into modern myths.
Notes for my quick reference:
It was while reading this guide that I began to realize how many urban legends have been used in the TV show Supernatural . Even the BBC show Luther used "killer under the bed" for one of its episodes.
Defined UL as "a compelling story of unknown or enigmatic origin that spreads in various forms and may use humor or terror to deliver a lesson (often involving punishment for violating a social code.) (p.4)"
"As you make your way through this book, consider the possibility of examining urban legends as though they were collective dreams built around shared challenges, concerns, and patterns of thought (p.19)."
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