Last week, we asked you to insert fictional elements into a true story. This week’s prompt is going to be the reverse.
Have you ever read (or heard) a story and wanted to know more about the magical (or mythological) elements in the story? For instance:
Do merpeople have gills or regular lungs? Do they “breathe air” the way we “drink water”?
In Greek mythology, each god (or goddess) governs a particular aspect of life. How does this work – who decides what job each person is alloted? If Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon were given their domain by lots, could they agree to change places? If so, how? How can Zeus handle lightning bolts without burning his hands? What allows Poseidon to control the sea? Can Hades control the dead, or just govern over them?
In a lot of children stories, animals can talk or act like people (I’m thinking of Goldilocks finding a house belonging to bears, or Little Red Riding Hood talking to a wolf). What happened to give animals human qualities?
Pick a story (or write your own). Include an explanation for a story mystery. These are just some examples. You can use one of these, or think of your own questions.