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Poem: "Unspoken Noise"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 21st, 2012 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

Lurking shadow, yes; bogeyman, probably not, they have certain rules.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 21st, 2012 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Well...

Dealing with bullies is within the rules. Terrorizing a genuinely good child isn't. There's a moral factor there, which is a spectrum, that's a big part of determining what a bogeyman can and can't do. An unscrupulous one would push as far as possible, which is creepy; but there are limits. Because that's a fundamental aspect of what a bogeyman IS, a threat against bad boys and girls. Sometimes people misinterpret that (as in "Not Mine") but the foundation is pretty secure.
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: September 21st, 2012 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting! But gremlins and shadows and probably some other monsters, not so much with the rules? And there seem to be things like the niggling suspicion that are inherently bad/evil/problematic?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 21st, 2012 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>> Interesting! But gremlins and shadows and probably some other monsters, not so much with the rules? <<

Some types of entity have more rules than others, or firmer ones. They can also have very different types of rules. They are creatures born of thought, and their stories shape what they are and what they can or can't do.

So for instance, the monsters under-the-bed and in-the-closet relate to specific places. They can leave, but their powers particularly correspond to those locations, so they can fit where a body that size normally wouldn't, and travel between congruent locations, etc. They can bend the rules slightly (hide-a-bed couch sort of qualifies as a bed, locker sort of qualifies as a closet); but not, say, under a table or inside a drawer.

>> And there seem to be things like the niggling suspicion that are inherently bad/evil/problematic? <<

There are certainly things that overwhelmingly tend to have negative effects. But then, look at the creepy kid who's gotten attached to the black cloud. That thing is normally worse than a niggling suspicion, but well, some people keep pet tarantulas or scorpions. Conversely, gremlins are usually a damn nuisance, but there's one working as a guide. So there are hard rules, and then there are some traits that may simply be the path of least resistance or a matter of interpretation.

Then too, everything has a place and a purpose. A rattlesnake isn't evil, it's just a snake, and if you kill all of them then you're likely to have an excess of mice and rabbits.
siege From: siege Date: September 21st, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

Gremlins aren't necessarily bad; they're tinkers, but their focus is often on creative destruction, rather than destruction for its own sake.
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