But it struck me as I was helping to prepare our Writer Babes weekly blog theme, that weres in books are far sexier than weres in movies. Looking around online for pictures of movie werewolves gets smaller men (Michael J Fox, Michael Landon, the Dr. Pepper guy from American Werewolf in London) or evil dudes that are all gross and snarly.
There are a few notable exceptions – Scott Speedman in Underworld 1 and the soon to be released Underworld Evolutions; and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine are two. But Wolverine is more of a genetic monster and I suppose that’s what Scott Speedman’s character is as well.
Weres in books are sexy and big and yummy. I wonder why there’s that gulf between the two mediums?
Perhaps it’s all the trigger issues that books delve into – in weres you have a man who is still very close to being an animal. He’s exciting and dangerous and yet, utterly safe when it comes to dealing with his mate. He’s raw and feral and sexy to everyone but he belongs to her and her only.
I mean, take Graham in Christine Warren’s, Fur Factor – oh my, the sexy Alpha ladies’ man who is felled by the sweet school teacher? Hot damn, what a way to use all of those stereotypes, turn them around and make it really hot.
Weres can give us the excitement and yet safety all at once. The ultimate alpha male without the cheating and the abuse.