Well, it looks to me like many (most?) of the misuses are Fantasy Kitchen Sink
territory, interpreting the "all" part to mean any work where many different myths are living side by side. (The page image is a great example.)
I would think most "real world myths are used in a work" would fall under A Mythology Is True
, though honestly I think a trope for "a real world myth is used in a story" is so common that it's nearly Sitting On Chairs territory, notable only for the specific myth in question (which falls under the specific trope for that, like Our Vampires Are Different
or The Fair Folk
I think it just needs a cleanup and a clearer first paragraph in the description. It could also use a cleanup to remove some of the big block of blue in the fourth paragraph, which further muddies the whole question of what the trope is actually about
— Compare and contrast tropes should go in the last paragraph in a more approachable format.
I think it could gain a lot of clarity by explaining the reasons behind
the trope — that is, The Law of Conservation of Detail
demands that if we're taking time out of the main story to hear a legend or fairy tale, that story must have some strong bearing on the main storyline.
Actually, there's only a few cases I can think of where a legend or story is used and isn't
at least somehow based on a truth that the characters will later discover. Occasionally a story within the story is used as a metaphor for what the characters are going through, and very rarely it's simply used to explain the psychology of an otherwise hard-to-understand character. (The only strong example of the latter that springs to mind is the animated Watership Down, where the myths about the Black Rabbit and everything are used to explain the rabbits' mentality, which is very different from a human's.)
Oh, hey, we'll also need to clean up All Theories Are True
. It's designed as a snowclone of All Myths Are True
, and it claims to be the same as All Myths but with science. Problem being, that's not what All Myths Are True
means, so it's an improper snowcloning. I could see a place for a trope that any new fringe theory that the protagonists run into is absolutely correct no matter how much it overturns established science, but I think we already have a trope for that.
And anyway "some random weird fringe science theory is assumed to be true for the purpose of this story" isn't ALL theories being true, so the name is inaccurate in the first place. It sounds like it should mean the same as Sci-Fi Kitchen Sink
, where all
the old discarded, forgotten, or silly theories, from aether to z-rays, have their place (analogous to the wrong definition of All Myths Are True
where every real world myth has a seed of truth to it).
edited 7th May '12 1:20:30 PM by Escher