Weres and ‘shifters
I have a confession to make. I’ve long been a vampire girl. When I was a teen, I didn’t have the luxury of Edward from Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. But I did have Louis and Lestat. They were good enough for me;) I obsessed, as I often do over something I love, and my love affair with vampires began.
Looking back to try to recall the first time a were or ‘shifter blipped on to my radar screen I would have to say Laurell K. Hamilton’s Richard(who eventually became a bastard, but who knew?). Compared to the foppish vampire in the Anita Blake series, Richard was the clear choice for me. And I’m going to confess something now…I’m thirty-eight years old, but I have a sneaking suspicion that if I was a teenager I would own a Team Jacob shirt.
So, what’s so appealing about weres and ‘shifters?
Coming late to the party, I’d say it’s their warmth, their wild, their passion. While vampires usually deal in cold sophistication(I’ll wax poetic about that another day!), the untamed savagery of the man who is also a wolf, cougar, tiger, bear taps into a longing for adventure that is safe to satisfy with a hot romance read. I’ve heard it said that paranormal romance rose when historical romance fell because readers still had a craving for the not-quite-modern alpha male.
I’m not saying a werewolf hero isn’t going to take the heroine to dinner and a movie. I’m just saying the potential that he’s going to do so much more because of the wildness he hides beneath his skin is enough to keep me turning the pages.
If vampires represent a soul-deep hunger to me, weres and ‘shifters represent heat and passion.
Reason enough for them to be the perfect heroes for paranormal romance.
So, confess, what do you enjoy most about weres and ‘shifters?