Tuesday, October 18, 2005

A fun question for readers of paranormal...

Do you all think that shapechangers should or should not show evidence of their other forms in their human manifestations? I'm starting a new werewolf series, "Children of the Moon" and have to admit that I lean heavily toward giving clues in the human form of my wolve's animal natures. I love reading about a shape changer that "feels" different, but maybe the humans around him/her can't quite put their finger on why. So, since I'm a huge proponent of writing what you love to read...that's what I'm doing. But I got to wondering (because of a totally unrelated reader letter on my straight romance) if other readers felt the same way.

What do *you* think?

Take care,
Lucy Monroe

12 comments:

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Anonymous said...

I love the sound of this. I like reading about animal characteristics in the lead male. Stuff like "he walked cat-like across the room" really make a difference to the enjoyment I get from reading about shapeshifters.

Lucy Monroe said...

Oooh...me too. See, that's why I do it, but you just never know if other readers are going to feel the same way, or think it's too cliched. I'm not sure it would matter...there's no fun writing a book *you* don't enjoy.

Kelli McBride said...

I think a shapeshifter might intentionally hide certain aspects, but that alternate form is part of who he/she is. It's very difficult to completely cut off one side of a personality, unless there is a psychological divide in the mind (e.g., the person is not aware of the shapeshifting persona). And if, in the animal shape, the person exhibits "human" traits, then how can the reverse not be true?

Ultimately, though, the issue is decided by plot and context. If the shapeshifiting ability is a curse that the person is going to be freed from, then perhaps there won't be as much crossover. However, if it is a lifetime condition, then it makes more sense that the shapeshifter displays those characteristics - it shows an acceptance of who he/she is.

Personally, I agree that it makes the character more sexy, threatening or even evil if these traits pop up.

Shiloh Walker said...

I think it would almost have to show. the person isn't normal... per se.

They always show something different when I write them.

Lucy Monroe said...

Kelly...that's a great point. I think even shapeshifters who like being "different" hide their alternate side for secrecy reasons. So, it makes it all the more interesting when it shows in a way that triggers the reader, but not necessarily the other characters into seeing them differently.

And Shi...I think you're right, but never thought of it that way. But how difficult would it be to hide every bit of a huge part of yourself? There are bound to be signs, even if as Kelly said...they are subconscious and definitely something the shapeshifter wouldn't want recognized.

Michele said...

I would love to include my 2 cents here.
Yes. Show them.
One of my favorite series is Anita Blake by LKH. One of her characters, Micah, has "kitty eyes". Just that description draws forth a reaction from me. Very positive one at that. We "feel" their power...and the descriptions of their differences always hook me. Entice me. Seduce me.
So, if that is your general direction, you have my full support as a reader. I've liked everything else I've read of yours, so I expect this idea you have to work. Not like I want to add any pressure *grin*
Go for it!!

Lucy Monroe said...

LOL Thanks, Michelle! No pressure...none at all.

Hugs!!
Lucy

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Robin D Owens said...

OH, yes! Of course...Robin, who is finally thinking of shape shifting Cat guys...

Robin

Lucy Monroe said...

Sounds very intriguing, Robyn! :)

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