Here at Rabid Reads we have a particular fondness for Werewolves, but Werewolves are only one specific type of Shapeshifter, and Shapeshifters are only one specific type of Supe (<-----creature of the supernatural variety). As Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance continue to expand as genres, more and more individual types of Supes are gaining traction. There are the standard Vampires, Witches, and Weres, but there are also Dragons, Fae, Demons, Phoenixes, Reapers, Valkyrie, Demigods, and many more besides. There are also as multiple versions of each creature with different origin stories and different strengths and weaknesses. In one series, Werewolves might be cursed with inherent violence b/c they are descended from Lycaon, who tried to feed Zeus human flesh, while in another, they may be downright neighborly, based on the Scottish Wulver. BUT. Despite all this diversity, my personal favorite has always been the Fae, for a multitude of reasons: 1. There are hundreds of different types of Fae. Some are beautiful enough to blister your eyeballs, some are hideous enough to give you nightmares for the rest of your life. Some are smart, some are simple, ALL are clever and tricksy, which brings me to . . . 2. They cannot LIE. Vampires drink blood, Weres shift on the full moon, and Fae cannot lie. I like rules. When dealing with Supes, rules make the difference between life and death, b/c Supes always have some kind of edge. BUT. The universe is ruled by balance, so regardless of how great an edge the Supe has over the puny human, if you know the rules, you can defeat them. Fae in particular appeal to me, b/c all you need to beat them is your brain. They like games. They like to win. They like to make bargains. And they think humans are stupid. They love humans, but they love them for their ability to create. Both art and life (b/c Fae have a notoriously difficult time procreating, which is why they’re always stealing human babies), but not their intelligence.
So you have the element of surprise on your side. And maybe it’s just me, but having the element of surprise in regards to my wits is infinitely more useful than having the element of surprise with a sword or a right hook. *shrugs* *is not ashamed*
And that pretty much covers it. Not being able to lie could be broken down into half a dozen parts, but I’m keeping it simple. (<------HA.)
What about you?