The VAMPIRE vs. WEREWOLF HOP!

Published January 14, 2013 by The Author

Ah, the classic triangle. The age-old competition: who is the greater creature that goes bump in the night, the blood-drinking vampire, or the shapeshifting werewolf?

It’s the question at the center of a dozen movies, hundreds of books, and too many love triangles to count. It’s a debate that draws fannish blood among devotees — although there are plenty of us who have a place in our creepy, pervy little hearts for both.

Some of my favorite PNR/UF stories involve some combination of both vampires and werewolves. Now, I don’t think it’s unclear that I am unshakably

TeamVampire

you’d be surprised how often my fictional boyfriend is the werewolf in the trio. For instance, in the Anita Blake series, I always have been and always will be a Richard Girl. I know he can be a total douche, but I don’t care. He was my first AB love, and he still holds that place in my heart. On True Blood (though less in the Southern Vampire books) Alcide is my boy — I will credit that entirely to the delectable Tom Managiello. This in no way diminishes my love of the supreme Monsieur Northman, but… I’m sorry, I could just stare at naked Managiello all day.

I don’t do Twitlight, and I have absolutely no opinion on Edward vs. Taylor Lautner… I can’t even think of his character’s name. Oh, right. Jacob! Sorry. But therein lies one of the biggest vampire vs. werewolf rivalries I’ve ever seen.

I love writing worlds where vampires and werewolves live together. In some, they have an Underworld-style hatred that has exploded into out-and-out war. In others, they’re allies — creatures of the night have to stick together, right? The possibilities are endless. And as Laurell K. Hamilton proved in my very favorite Anita Blake book: they can have REALLY HOT threesomes. Meow.

I think what’s awesome about the two species is that their characters are both incredibly sexy, but in different ways. I’ve often thought of vampires as being more catlike, sleek and smooth. Werewolves are, of course, more canine — brute strength and animal magnetism. I see vampires as closer to death and magick; werewolves as tied to the natural world, the power of the moon, the earth and the tides. Both are dangerous. Both sexy as hell. And both have Alphas that will kick your ass into next week if you mess with the order of things — or their lover. Which, of course, is half of why we love to read about them.

They’re also classic horror movie creatures — although their romanticization over the past few decades has definitely defanged/declawed them a little bit in that arena. There is some blowback, luckily, so we’ll be seeing far scarier vamps and weres in the years to come. I hope!

To celebrate the great VAMPIRE VS. WEREWOLF HOP, dozens of authors and bloggers are getting together to put in our $.02 on the matter, and give away some great prizes!

For my part, I’ll be giving one winner THEIR CHOICE of an adorable pair of vampire fang earrings OR wolf earrings to proclaim their solidarity, or for the person who doesn’t want to, or JUST CAN’T choose, a $10 Gift Certificate from All Romance Ebooks so you can decide what kind of sexy hero/ine you want in your bed on those cold, lonely winter nights!

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87 comments on “The VAMPIRE vs. WEREWOLF HOP!

  • Tough I love both, vamps are my favorite. Favorite vamps are Darian and Xavier and favorite wolfies are Warren and Matthew. All are from DN Simmons KOTDC series.

    Thanks,
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

    • LOL! My next question would be: are you a cat person or a dog person? I MANY times find that vampire people are also cat people!

      You know what’s funny about this whole debate? The original Drac could turn into a wolf — that doesn’t get explored enough in our modern paranormal stories. Because seriously, you could have both in the same character!

      And I gotta tell you, when I think of Joe Managiello’s Alcide on True Blood, I am SO with you on the animalistic werewolf yum yum. I actually have a couple of werewolf stories on the fire. Hot is hot, and it’s fun to try something new.

      It’s the growling, I think.

  • I have such a hard time choosing! My first favorite was vampires then I got into shifters so now I love to read both!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  • If you seen my email, I always been Team Vampire ever since reading The Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon but lately something about those werewolves, I agree with Alcide I think he did it for me πŸ™‚ .. I just can’t decide.

    • Yeah, Alcide is hot. I also got addicted to Richard from the Anita Blake series… and there are actually a lot of others in various series over the years. LOL

      So I guess I’m a Vampire Girl with a side thing for the occasional werewolf. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • I prefer vamps but love werewolves too πŸ™‚
    For vampires: Kresley Cole’s Lothaire, Charlaine Harris’s Eric, Jeaniene Frost’s Bones, Vlad, & Ian, JR Ward’s BDB men, & Sherrilyn Kenyon’s DH men πŸ™‚
    For werewolves: Kresley Cole’s Lykae pack (especially Bowen), Charlaine Harris’s Alcide & Sherrilyn Kenyon’s weres πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

    • I know, picking a favorite is almost impossible! Of course, Angel is my all time favorite, but then there’s a LONG line behind him! Eric from True Blood, Damon from Vampire Diaries, Vlad from the Night Huntress series… it could go on forever!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • such a hard question but as i like both and it is so hard to choose my favorite vampire i will choose my favorite Werewolf.. Fang Kattalakis from Sherrilyn Kenyons Darkhunter/werehunter/Hellchaser series.

  • I read a lot of both… but if I was to be one or have one, I would be team werewolf.

    My current favorite vamp: Az from Death’s Angel by Heather Killough-Walden
    My current favorite were: I narrowed this down earlier and now I’ve forgotten LOL. Let’s go with Jolene from Molly Harper’s Jane Jamison series. She’s a hoot!

    Josette Schaber
    evanlea at gmail dot com

    • Oh, MAN do I love Derek! I can’t beleive I forgot him — I just got addicted to Teen Wolf over the summer on Netflix.

      And it’s so nice to see someone else mention Julian! I was so broken-hearted when the actor died and the show got cancelled — it was a classick! I love the vampire clan sorts of universes, and that was the first!

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Oh, I can’t believe I forgot to post pictures of the earrings! They’re really cute — wolves howling with a few pretty stones above. I think the winner will like them!

      Thank you for stopping by!

  • I’ve been a vampire fan since I was a little girl. I remember watching Dark Shadows reruns on SciFi in the ’90s, and I always identified with Barnabas. (I have not seen the recent movie.) The first time I saw the 1931 Dracula (at 6 or 7, I think), I was indignant that Van Helsing and the rest didn’t even try to understand Drac. Drac was wronged!

    BTW, as a response to an above comment, I’m a big-time dog lover, and *love* wolves. Just not werewolves.

    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

    • LOL! Dracula is TOTALLY misunderstood! I don’t know if you do foreign films, but there’s a Mexican version of the 1931 Dracula that was filmed on the exact same set during Legosi’s version, and it is really good! I can’t recommend it enough.

      Are you the kind of freak (like me *ehem*) who loves Gerard Butler’s Dracula 2000? That is a hot movie, I swear LOL. I started a vampire girl and didn’t discover werewolves until later in life. I’m a cat lover first and dogs second — although I adore them both — so I totally made that theory up. It’s funny how much it applies though. The degree that a person falls on the cat to dog loving seems to be about where they fall on the vampire to were loving!

      Thank you so much for commenting!

  • I am with you I Have trouble choosing! I love a sexy vamp with the whole love for eternity angle but then a growly alpha werewolf is so sexy! I prefer a menage story where I can have the best of both worlds!

    • Ooh, I read a decent one a while ago with a were, a vampire, and a witch that I liked: The Vampire, the Witch and the Werewolf by Louisa Bacio. Pretty steamy!

      That’s why Incubus Dreams is probably my favorite Anita Blake book: Jean-Claude, Richard and Anita finally get it on! The way it should be! πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • i lean toward team werewolf but there are plenty of sexy dangerous vamps out there that i’d to alienate them from my affections πŸ˜‰
    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

  • I am team Shifter all the way. In the Anita Blake books, my favorite is Nathaniel. Grrrrowl. All that yummy hair, and smell and eyes, and … Okay, so the Panther does it for me. πŸ™‚ But in Shelly Laurenston’s Pack & Pride series, I am more of a Bear kinda girl, Polar that is. I just dan’t help but love me some Bear Logic. *g*

    • Yeah, you know, somebody mentioned that earlier… a nice warm were or a cold vampire on a cold winter night? But then, I tend to get TOO warm easily, so a cooling vampire might be nice. I don’t know. I’d have to try them both out. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • I enjoy both (call me greedy in that aspect…Sorry) but if you look over the books that I have read and reviewed/ect… on my Goodreads account then you will see that I tend to lean more towards Shifters…

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

  • I love both creatures but do tend to read more vamp books. They have so many appealing and drool-worthy qualities. Thanks for the giveaway!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  • i honestly love both! Vampires were the first thing I got into though. I used to watch the Lost Boys movie and Buffy movie and tv show(in the later years when it started) but I have found tons of great werewolf stuff too! Different authors with different characters. So it’s hard to choose. 😦 thanks for the giveaway!
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  • I have a hard time deciding. I guess it depends on the character themselves. Thanks for the great giveaway and chance to win! Love this hop! saltsnmore at yahoo dot com

  • I work with animals and behavior. Werewolves are what would happen if you amped up the wild animal instincts in human men. The challenges would be fun! i’m differentially a werewolf woman through and through. Don’t get me wrong, I could have a good healthy side of Vampire.

    Judy Peterson
    strawberryrose@earthlink.net

  • It really depends on the character. Like you said, I LOVE Alcide on the Trueblood Show, but not so much in the books, totally LOVE me some Eric Northman though!! Books and show Eric rocks my world!! Who doesn’t love a sexy bad boy Viking vampire!! So I’m Team Vampire!! (or at least Team Eric Northman lol)
    Thanks for the great giveaway! The vampire fang earrings sound fabulous!!
    Ashley A
    ash_app@hotmail.com

    • It’s tough to choose on True Blood!

      The earrings are cute — I should have put a pic up of them, but at the time I wasn’t sure which ones I was going to give away!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • if i had to chose werewolf’s would be my favorit
    werewolf ben from the mercy thompson series by patricia briggs
    vampire zsadist from the black dagger brotherhood by j r ward

  • I love them both, but if I had to pick one, it would probably be werewolves. My favorite books featuring both kinds are the Hollows! My favorite vamps though, are the Night Huntress World boys! My favorite Were is Adam from the Mercy Thomson books!

    snhoveln (at) gmail (dot) com

    • That Hollows are my absolute favorite too! I’m sad that there are less vampires around now that Kisten is dead (*sob*) and Ivy isn’t around as much! I have the Mercy Thompson books on my TBR list, but I haven’t gotten to them yet — I am working through the Night Huntress series right now. I have a TERRIBLE crush on Vlad!

  • Team Vampire or Werewolf? Who is your favorite character of each species?
    I am definitely team Vampire all the way!! My most favorite vampire is Edward Cullen. Twilight was the first book I read that grabbed me into reading YA Urban Fantasy, etc. I wasn’t a book nerd until that book. Then I read Vampire Academy and fell in love with Dimitri and Adrian. Um, Um!! And for my favorite Werewolf I would say Lucas from Shadow Fall Series by: C.C. Hunter. Now Lucas is a werewolf I would definitely fall for!!

    Lisa Vazquezanzua livvie_v@yahoo.com

  • I’m Team Werewolf all the way (check out my blog post for my reasons why). I love Bran, Adam, and Samuel from Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson novels, they are definitely some of my fave weres of all time.

    Emily W.
    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • I’m team hybrid πŸ™‚
    Not sure if you watch Vampire Diaries but I’m really love Klaus! So yup I get the best of both worlds with him~

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