So, it’s Halloween season – der, Sarah, we all know that. Okay, well yeah, but did you know that it’s also referred to as All Hallow’s Eve? Yeah? That too? Okay, well then I’m out of interesting facts surrounding Halloween.
How’s about then, I talk about mythology? Good, yeah? Let’s have a discussion on the merits of ‘standard’ mythology. By ‘standard’ I’m talking about the traditional mythology surrounding certain fantastical beasts – werewolves, vampires, zombies…
In general, I think it depends on the species you’re dealing with and the authors voice. Some authors are so compelling that it doesn’t matter (to me, at least) what they write, I’m reading it. I think that certain species are more ‘sacred’. Werewolves, for example. One of my pet peeves is when an author has a werewolf who can shift at will. To me, that’s not a werewolf, it’s a shifter and they’re different.
Beyond that, I love when an author keeps parts of the original mythology but gives it his or her own twist a la ‘True Blood’, with the synthetic blood or Black Dagger Brotherhood where the vamps need to feed from other vamps to stay in top shape. In my erotic novella, Bound by Blood, my vamps draw more power by feeding from female vamps.
So ladies and gents, give me some examples of your favorite twists on traditional mythology – books or movies – and your least favorite twists -and let’s leave out Twilight because we’ve all heard the ‘real vampires don’t sparkle’ argument. Also, what’s your favorite beast to read?
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