… or how you’re either a vampire or a werewolf person unless the story is flat enough to undo the magic.
What fascinates me about this whole topic is the fact that I think there are two kinds of people. You’re either a vampire person or a werewolf person. (I have a similar thesis when it comes to Indiana Jones vs Han Solo or space vs dinosaurs by the way.) Of course you can be a little bit of both. I, personally, consider myself a late bloomer when it comes to shifters and werewolves. I can’t get enough of them now and I want to read ALL THE THINGS but the truth is that if I had the choice between werewolves and vampires I’d still and forever choose vampires.
And here’s the thing. I think there’s an explanation for that. Let’s get Freudian for a second.
The fear of vampires and werewolves is pretty ancient. The fascinating part is that the concept is the same. Something dark hunts you down and turns you into something equally less and more than a human. The prey turns into the hunter. The difference is how they hunt and how they alter their victim’s personality.
Vampires are seductive. They lure their victims in, make them long for the bite. Anyone who has read Anne Rice will understand that blood sucking can be equally messy and horrible as it can be sensual.
With wolves on the other hand, nothing at all is sensual. Their bite is vicious and primal. But there is the mentality of the pack, of belonging somewhere and who isn’t fascinated by wolves?
I think that it says something about both a person’s fears as it does about their longings which kind of stories they prefer. For vampires you have this superhuman creature that is smarter than you, faster than you, stronger than you, that can simply make you invite them in just because they make you believe you want it. Werewolves on the other hand, those are the creatures you can’t argue with because they kill out of instinct. They aim for your heart, not just your blood, tearing you to shreds. They aren’t alone, but pack animals, ganging up on you, showing no mercy.
On the other hand, those things you fear, they’re the ones you get when you survive the attack of the thing you fear. When you turn into a vampire, you turn into something so sly you won’t even see your reflection in the mirror. And when you turn into a werewolf, you won’t ever lose your way again because your instincts will guide you and so will the pack.
So after reading many books and watching many movies and asking a lot of people, I’ve come to the conclusion that you’re either a vampire or a werewolf person. There will always be one thing you choose over the other. And it has something to do with what you fear and at the same time with some pretty dark and twisted desires.
And while we’re talking about Twilight – I think this whole construct crumbles to pieces in a series like that when your vampires are suddenly emo high school students and your werewolves remain human even in wolf form. Things will suck way less for the genre if and when our creatures of darkness will find back to their roots and the very reasons we love and fear them so much.
So what’s your take on it? Do you think there are vampire and werewolf people the way there are cat and dog people out there? And which type are you?