The Softening of Myths Mythology is the collective storytelling and persistent related beliefs of a culture throughout time. Since it lasts for so long, it is only to be expected that these myths do change over time and become things unique to each culture, each generation. All one has to do to see this in action is to look at the difference between so many different decades of vampire obsession. From the original Dracula novel near the turn of the century to the 1930’s Béla Lugosi film of the same name, then varying to the films of the sixties and seventies starring Christopher Lee. Then on to Interview with a Vampire, then Buffy the Vampire, and now Twilight. The evolution of vampires from horribly frightening with a bit of lust to lusty with no fright potential has taken about a hundred years of media saturation, but now we have sparkly vampires. This same Myth Softening has happened to many creatures. Possibly the biggest hit aside from vampires are faeries. Fae were once terrifying. Even the nice ones were creatures you hoped never came around and tried to appease with offerings. The mean ones would steal children and cattle and kill people on their rides through the human land. Now we have the Tinkerbell movies. Even Disney has some pretty dark fae. Maleficent is a prime example of what an angry Unseelie will do (or even a really offended Seelie). Now look back through time and see just what horrible things fae would do: everything from tricking people into drowning to leveling curses on a whole family line to outright murder, sometimes just because humans were not seen as much more than animals to some fae. The evolution of these creatures from fierce to friendly stems in part from the love of being scared. When we love being scared, we start to love that which is a fear we know won’t hurt us. After all, very few adults are still afraid of the boogeyman. So we love that which scares us, and it is a natural leap to want to be able to make that which scares us love us back, or make it want to protect us, or, especially for those who love a bad boy, to want to convert the evil to good. Whether or not this evolution is good or a horrible literary travesty really depends on the reader. Some purists may argue that any deviation from the nightmare inducing stories of years gone by is a sin, while less fanatical folk may say simply that some modern tales take it too far. Still others openly embrace their sparkly vamps and friendly pixies and want more! One good thing, however, is that the more they evolve, the more options for roleplay come up. Which these spectrums of evil to good or dangerous to safe, we have a multitude of options. We can take the same creature that would only have inspired terror a hundred years ago and do a horror RP, comedy, romance, science fiction, fantasy, or parody. We can admire the beauty of the fairie at the bar in that nice love story without having to worry that she’ll curse us if we turn a night with her into a one night stand. Or. We can take our horror and myth like straight coffee, man up, and cry in the corner when we can’t get to sleep that night. The choice is yours! So, how do you like to RP your mythological beasties?