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  • Coralie replied to the topic Writing a fantasy (Werewolf) novel: Am I doing things right? in the forum Fantasy Writers 3 years, 11 months ago

    @ka_modina Going back to your original question, I must first say I appreciate your heart here and your struggle.

    Personally, I’m not a vampire or werewolf kind of reader. It’s just not done well often and I’m not a huge fan of vampires in general. Now, I’ve seen them done where I did appreciate them (ie. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or Bunnicula XD). I’m also, personally, more inclined to like werewolves than vampires, but that also really, really depends on how they’re done. For instance, in Once Upon a Time (spoiler alert) Ruby is a werewolf, and I found it fascinating. First of all, that the Little Red Riding Hood character was the wolf was cool, but also that it was a generational thing was neat, I thought. And several other factors. I like lots of strange creatures and I’m a fan of giving people a chance. I’m not a huge witch fan, but I tend to like wizards, etc. But that to say, portrayal is a big thing for me regarding creatures.

    don’t read or watch things that deal with angels and demons 99.9% of the time. It’s just too real for me and I very rarely see it done with the proper reverence. It’s all a joke in our modern culture and as soon as someone starts mixing them up and blurring lines, I just want out. It’s a personal choice, but it’s mine to make.

    I don’t even necessarily object to underworld, dark creatures, or mythologies. I’m rather a fan of Greek mythology and find it intriguing, but I do approach it like a story and not as truth. I read Clockwork Angel as recommended by a friend. It had vampires and underworld creatures and such, and though I really did enjoy the story and the characters, I just didn’t like the tone and the atmosphere in the work, so I never read past book one.

    Additionally, I don’t believe all characters have to believe in God. In fact, I think that it’s good to have characters who don’t. But you certainly need to be intentional in your world, especially if you pull religion into it as you mentioned. If you have a moon goddess, does she serve a higher diety who created everything? Is she the highest diety? What is the structure of your religion? And what message does that structure send to your readers? I like the way a previous replyer put it: Would someone be surprised to learn that you are Christian as the author based on what you wrote? Christianity doesn’t have to be explicit in your writing, but I think it’s dangerous and misleading to use religion flippantly in your world.

    I don’t really know if this answers your question or even if it helps or not, but my point is that, personally, I don’t think it’s wrong to portray vampires and werewolves, etc. in your work. I do think that you should be cognizant of how you portray them and your world.

    • Oh, thank you for your lengthy reply. And about the religion in my story, well, it’s not focused at all. The moon goddess thing is for dialogue necessity. For example: “By Thor’s hammer, I will not let you.” or “Thank the moon goddess, you’re alive!” –Something like that.

      And yes, I would rather be ashamed if someone found out that I’m a Christian writing that haha

      But, thank you for voicing out your suggestions

    • Not at all 🙂 I hope some of my rambling was helpful XD

      Yeah, that’s the issue I would focus on trying to resolve 🙂

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