I love Snopes.com, and have to admit I check it every day. (For those who don't know, it's a big urban legend reference site that's updated daily). Anyone else totally addicted to it?
That is very true. A story couldn't be a story without an element of truth. Without a seed of truth, there is no point, no motivation, to drive a story forward and it would be lost, going on and on, because there is nothing to conclude. For there to be an ending, there first needs to be a beginning, for without even a single piece of truth there is no start to the story, and the best one could hope for is the neverending middle. Yes, the truth could be anything -- based on an opinion, principle, and/or belief, or sometimes actual scientific fact. (Though often in the case of fiction, it tends to be something more subjective.)Very true Wiseold Owl. You can expect a couple of people to get it right 100% of the time, but it is a neat resource. I always google things that I find questionable as well. There is at least a little truth in every fiction...the trick is figuring out what it is.