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
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!
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