If you’ve read any of the Twilight series or seen any of the movies, even if you’re embarrassed that you have, and even if you’ve only seen promotional images like this, created by someone who calls themself “bitemecullen107“:
Yes, how do you feel about your “non” obsessive fans Mr. Lautner?
You might have also seen the preview for MTV’s new TV show version of Teen Wolf, if not, it’s over here (I would embed it, but apparently WordPress doesn’t like MTV’s embed link)…
It’s become extremely clear that, just like vampires before them, werewolves are officially making the big-ish journey from “terrifying-monster-who-will-kill-you” into “that-guy-is-too-hot-to-kill-me.” Sounds healthy, right? (Yes, I’m being sarcastic.)
What’s interesting, for me, about this new version of werewolf is that they rely more heavily on “dog” traits than on “wolf” traits. Primarily, they take on the role of guardian or protector, even if it’s from themselves. The audience is meant to empathize with their tragic (and often painful) transformations and hope they can find a way to control their actions, even when in werewolf state.
And, in at least one case, I’m there with them:
Yes, this is the American re-make of the show but no I have not seen the original so I’m just going to write about the one I’ve actually seen.
The reason I like how “Being Human” has dealt with this, and it helps that they also have a vampire and a ghost, is that they focus on the effects this transformation would have on your “human” life. Hence the show title. And, it has a pretty clear sense of humor about itself.
What I’m curious about though is how will we theorize about this? Vampires have long been talked about as symbols of sex: they penetrate you with their teeth, are often mind-numbingly attractive, and are immortal. I could go on but there are already enough people who have written about Vampire sex narratives before me.In fact, it was this sexified notion of vampirism that Steve Niles, author of “30 Days of Night,” says influenced him to write said title: because he wanted vampires to be scary again.
However, werewolves haven’t had the same popularity and illicit history. They’ve mainly banked on scary. Even when a cute boy (or girl, though less often) has played the werewolf it was rare that that character came out winning in the end.
So, while we wait around for a backlash for werewolves like Niles’ for vampires, let me know what you think: are werewolves sexy?