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    Default Stories with the devil in them

    I dont hear as many as I once did, when I was at school I remember reading a book of stories collected by Alfred Hithcock which I often hark back to, they werent just Christian or ol' Nick stories or contract stories but some were Jewish, Muslim, even a good science fiction one about three and four dimensions and someone travelling in time.

    One of my favourite is actually a series of youtube videos:

    [YOUTUBE=""]The Devil[/YOUTUBE]

    Does anyone else like stories of this kind or do you have any favourites of your own? I find a lot of them are moral stories and have the suspiscion or secret grievances of the common being for authority, swindlers, tricksters or con artistry or just plain power.
    All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.
    Chapter IV, p. 448. - Adam Smith, Book 3, The Wealth of Nations

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    Angel Heart (with Mickey Rourke).. probably one of my favorite films of all time. It's basically a Faustian tale. I guess that's a category of it's own, among devil stories.

    The Devil's Advocate (Pacino/Keanu Reeves) is another good spin on it.

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    They're definitely more interesting but it only stays interesting if we're not saturated with it. I'm happy with being fed God, God, God with a sprinkle of the devil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KDude View Post
    Angel Heart (with Mickey Rourke).. probably one of my favorite films of all time. It's basically a Faustian tale. I guess that's a category of it's own, among devil stories.
    yes. I mean, i think the movie has flaws, but damn... I've been planning to watch it over the last month again and haven't gotten around to it.

    Also made great use of the tinny piano motif. Probably that and deNiro's fingernails were the most evocative parts for me. And the elevator at the end.

    I'm a big fan of the Faustian stories too. We still make the same bargains today, even if they're not with the actual "devil" (we sell ourselves out for something we want badly NOW, without as much concern about the future, and eventually payday arrives).I'm not sure what the OP is talking about with its last paragraph; for me, it's always the tragic sense of wanting something so badly now that we buy temporary happiness and then have to suffer mounting terror and despair as we become more and more aware of how we're now going to pay permanently for our choice and maybe even lose what we gave up so much to gain temporarily.

    Indeed, the problem with spending everything we have to gain what we want is that typically by the time we gain what we want, we don't want it anymore and are stuck with something not nearly as pleasing or useful; we've changed too much in pursuit of the goal.

    A movie like "The Prestige" is interesting because in that case, Tesla is cast as the devil, but in all honesty the evil resides with Angier.... he loses everything to gain what he wants, and even loses that, in the end, whereas Tesla (as the provider of power better left untouched) warns Angier about the dangers of such a deal and advises him to leave well enough alone, yet still provides it for him when Angier insists.

    Gaiman's "Sandman" puts an interesting spin on things with having Lucifer quit his job and in fact claim that he never owned anyone's soul nor wanted to -- that the phrase itself has no meaning, and that people were simply looking for a scapegoat so that they would not have to take responsibility for their actions. In the overall story arc, the Endless named Desire is actually more of a capricious Satanic figure, bargaining with people out of whimsy to give them what they think they want, knowing it will come back to bite them in the end. S/He is more interested in the game being played and the opportunity to meddle in other's lives and observe the results, than to actually accomplish anything positive. But then again, "Desire" is the fickle two-edged sword truly driving these other "deals with the devil" -- we want something that we can't have and don't think we can live without, so we make spurious bargains in order to get it... or we accept the desire as unquenchable and move on with our lives.
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    I like iterations that involve -death- like Meet Joe Black
    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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