Ghosts, vampires, zombies, witches and wizards, angels and demons. Despite personal beliefs of the reality of these creatures, it can be easily argued that any one of these can stand alone in their own stories, and multitudinous stories do abound, both in literature and film. One supernatural creature, however, that cannot seem to stand on its own four legs is the werewolf. While there are many movies and books that feature the werewolf as its only supernatural element, the popularity of these stories is mainly limited to the werewolf enthusiasts who specifically search them out. About.com names of the top 25 werewolf movies of all time as: Dog Soldiers, Silver Bullet, and Ginger Snaps. I would wager that the vast majority of people, even those who enjoy supernatural thrillers, have never heard of the top five. The more well known – and quite possibly more publicized – stories such as the Underworld movies, True Blood books and television show, and (dare I say it?) the Twilight stories, all feature werewolves, but only as counterparts to the more dominate characters of the vampires. Stephenie Meyer even created her werewolves as creatures who remain normal, un-mutated humans without the presence of vampires. Once introduced into their society, however, a genetic code is triggered, causing the young and able-bodied teens to turn into the protective, over-grown puppies.
In fact, in most every story where vampires and werewolves both feature, the vampire is considered the superior race. Perhaps this is a translation of the popularity of the vampire over the werewolf. One possible reason for this is stereotypes. Werewolves can be thought of as a devolution of humanity into single-minded bestiality, while the popular view of vampires are more sophisticated immortals, who, when not gnawing on someone’s neck, is reading, philosophizing, or learning yet another language to add to the repertoire of their fluent grasp of all the main languages. On the other hand, it is generally assumed that werewolves can return to their normal warm-blooded existence when a full moon is not present. A vampire cannot become un-un-dead, as it were. It might be that this makes people more sympathetic to the vampire who can never be human again, whereas the werewolf only seems to suffer from their malady once a month. I shall refrain from making menstrual related innuendos or parallels, as this seems to be a very sensitive topic for fans of the werewolf. I will mention, however, that men, more than women, tend to prefer werewolves. Women usually lean towards the sensuality that vampires have been modernized to have. Particularly with the fang-castration of having a “safe” vampire lover, one who lives off animal blood, who resits the urge to feed off his beloved damsel. After all, as a woman, when it comes to falling for a giant wolf with dog breath or a sophisticated immortal, is it really such a mystery whom she would choose? A man’s best friend is a dog. A woman’s best friend is diamonds. And that is in no way a reference to boys that “sparkle” – a trait that is distinctly not vampiric. Although that might explain Stephanie Meyer’s odd choice.
That’s not to say that men don’t have an affinity for vampires. The lines of men’s supernatural preference seem fairly evenly divided. It is the female population that pulls the vampire desire much more strongly into the popular.
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