Werewolf Genre Guilty Pleasures"There's a place for everything,More Like This
There's a place for everything
Where it ought to be"
If you've read my earlier essay (http://fav.me/d5t6ss7), you know that there are tropes and aspects of the werewolf genre that really bother me. Some of them I feel are completely broken or reflective of a creative culture that I feel is outright broken (Hollywood's depiction of women being the big one). Yet there are some things in the genre that I know are clichéd and kind of stupid, but I like them anyway. I know that it's not what the refined werewolf snob should be doing, yet I put it in my own work.
Werewolf Genre Pet PeevesWerewolves have never had terribly consistent folklore. Even prior to the early days of film, werewolf myths varied wildly - good and evil, permanently and temporarily transformed, quadruped and bipedal (rarely), curable or incurable, etc, etc. Because the legends were so scatter-brained, the original The Wolf Man largely invented its own mythos. It was imitated repeatedly and became the "standard" of the genre. As the formula began to wear thin, others added new innovation to the myth - some ideas stuck and some didn't.More Like This
With such a scattered range of ideas, it's only natural that fans of werewolves aren't going to like all of them and I