Sunday, July 5, 2009

Independence and the Werewolf

Okay, I'm running behind--and my automatic timer on the blog isn't working--I'm posting an Independence Day spot today. Hope you all had a great July 4th!

This is full of spoilers to several books, so if you haven't read Stephenie Meyer's New Moon and Breaking Dawn (yeah, I know, that's like 20 of you... ;-) or Blood and Chocolate by Annette Klause, avert thine eyes!

Anyhow, let's talk independence and werewolves. Help me think back for a minute or two here. Most of the werewolf stuff I really recall mainly dealt with one werewolf and very few "packs." A notable exception is "Blood and Chocolate" (a great read from the female were's perspective) and, of course, New Moon and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.

In both there were packs. In B&C the main pack was made of family subgroups--whole families of weres ranked and (often loosely) knit into one larger pack unit. In NM & BD the pack was all from one tribe, but only certain family members were weres.

In both there were clear alphas (leaders of the pack) who were to be absolutely obeyed on pain of death (or severe pain, or even a sort of mental takeover). Independence was a limited concept until Jacob made his break from the pack mind and set up his own somewhat uncomfortable pack.

In 13 to Life (scheduled to launch in 2010 from St. Martin's Press) there is a pack mentality, but it shows up more in my weres home life. There is an alpha (and he's definitely a strong guy--maybe a bit of a "tough") and he does run the show, but outside of the household, each member of the pack is definitely independent.

So, with that whole "lone wolf" concept in mind, do you prefer tales of weres who are on their own or do (almost) belong somewhere? How uncomfortable and angsty do we like our weres, I wonder?

1 comment:

Dee Martin said...

I like there to be a pack but maybe not such intrusive communication as in Twilight. It gives more depth to the werewolf as you explore his familial relationships.