Which would you rather be?
VAMPIRE OR LYCAN?
This week’s argument comes from
a return guest blogger ~
Dennis Crosby from
Welcome back to the blog, Dennis!
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. So…a vampire, a lycan and ghost were sharing an apartment…
Wait, what? Oh, yeah that was a TV show. Ok, how about this one? So…a werewolf and vampire fell in love and…
Huh? So that’s been done too? A lot?
I suppose the simple truth is, vampires and werewolves go together like peanut butter and jelly. Honestly, even better than peanut butter and jelly because these days everything is organic, gluten free or some soy substitute. Throughout the horror genre though, there are no characters more recognizable than vampires and werewolves. They are simultaneously beloved and feared. But, as with every dynamic literary and cinematic duo, there exists the inevitable question:
Which would you rather be?
For some of you, on the surface, that may seem to be an easy question to answer. But you’ll need to take some things into account first. You see, you have to consider the many variations on these characters. For some authors and screenwriters, not all vampires are immortal. Some simply age slowly and are impervious to most basic injuries, but they can be killed if the attack is severe enough. In other cases, the more traditional cases, they live forever, but have limitations like sunlight, silver and wooden stakes. Then you have your emo-vampires, vampires that live off of your life force, and one that inexplicably lives on Sesame Street and is allowed to roam a neighborhood full of children without any consequences.
With the lycans, or werewolves, again, not all are immortal. In fact, it seems more common for them to have a normal lifespan, only with a fuller, more…interesting life. Traditionally, they would only turn on the full moon and they could only be killed by silver bullets, which had to remain in the body to keep the creature from regenerating. These days, werewolves are a tad more integrated. Their animal senses are heightened to superhuman levels even in human form and they can change at will. Hell…some can even change certain body parts without having to shift fully. In some cases, they become full wolves, while in most cases, they become some bipedal hybrid of human and wolf.
So, to make it easier, I’ll give you a more refined choice. If you choose to be a vampire, you are endowed with immortality, super human strength, agility, senses and speed, BUT, you cannot go out during the day and can only survive on blood which you must consume every evening to survive. If you choose to become a werewolf, you are not immortal, you have limited use of your werewolf abilities in human form (heightened strength and senses are still stronger than humans but not as strong when you’re in wolf form), you can change at will except during a full moon when you change whether you want to or not, and you must endure an excruciating amount of pain when moving from one form to the next. There’s no magical, “Twilighty” shape shifting going on. There will be bone snapping, popping and elongation. Your teeth and jaws will move and your nails will extend as your hands turn into claws.
Morphine will not help you!
Now, I’m certainly not trying to sway you to one side or the other. But which would you choose?
Tessa Dawn replies: And since my guest blogger didn’t make a clear choice, I will have to do it for him. :-)
The winner is…VAMPIRE
(But be sure to register your vote or post your own nonsensical question or suggestion in the comments below. Who knows? I might just run with it. J)
And now, it's time to return to my day job: writing Dark Fantasy Fiction & Gothic Romance!
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Disclaimer: I really am a thoughtful, contemplative, fairly educated person. :-) I have a BA in Psychology and an MA in Nonprofit Management, and I write a wicked, dark, edgy, action-packed story...but I just don't have time to blog. Oh, and I will interrupt this mindless nonsense (from time to time) to post about new releases, upcoming books, videos, contests, or other various teasers...just so you know. :-)