Monsters used to be nothing but scary. Then in the 1960s the television shows the “The Munsters” and “The Addams Family” showed us a softer side of monsters- loving, friendly, even kind of silly and nerdy. And then "Scooby Doo" made monsters fun for kids along with Count Chocula and Frankenberry.
Monsters starting losing their edge but we seemed to love them even more because of their softer sides.
Now you can find books. Movies and TV shows with monsters of any flavor. Think of the “monsters” in our entertainment today- geeky vampires, dorky werewolves, nerdy witches, even angsty teen Frankenstein’s and of course there are all of the super sexy monsters in our paranormal romance and urban fantasy books.
I’d like to talk about for a minute television show “Being Human”. This is a prime example of monsters being more than just your sexy heartthrobs. I am a fan of the BBC version though I watch both. Mitchell is so much sexier than Aidan. Mitchell embodies the whole dark, sexy, and tortured vampire vibe while Aidan well I don’t know exactly what he’s doing but it’s not working for me- however I totally had to laugh at the ‘vampire with bad credit’ comment in the first episode. It’s the werewolf characters that really show the geeky side of monsters. While George is a mild mannered dorky kind of guy that is lovable in his kookiness Josh is a total spas and painful to watch sometimes. Awkward doesn’t even cut it. Then there’s the neurotic ghost girl- Annie on the BBC version is sweet though slightly neurotic while Sally is well she’s neurotic too.
What do you think of these characters? Do you like your monsters trying to be human (and failing horribly) or do you like the monsters to have it going on and not worry about the trifling stuff we deal with everyday- like fitting in and making friends.
I think how I like my entertainment monsters depends on how well they are written or acted out no matter what personality they have. Some scary monsters have rocked my world, dorky monsters have stolen my heart and nerdy monsters make me want to embrace my inner witch (Willow anyone?), and a dash of humor can be a very good thing if it fits. But if I had to choose just one- I think I’d pick sexy over everything.
Come on, ladies, you know you probably would too. That’s why paranormal romance books fly off the shelves- it’s not because of magic levitation spells it’s because we love our monsters to be sexy, steamy and rippling with muscles and supernatural prowess.
In most of my romance and erotica stories the hero is a “monster” usually a vampire, werewolf or demon and he’s smoking hot. Yes, drop dead gorgeous and to die for sexy. However I sometimes toss in a little humor with the woman- a couple of my heroines are witches and have misfiring magic. Another great source of humor are the side characters- whether they be sidekicks, bestfriends, or a crazy grandma it’s a good thing to throw a little comic relief in once and awhile. At least I know that’s what I like to read so it’s what I try to write.
In An Unexpected Evening Samuel is the epitome of hot, sexy and brooding vampire.
Here's the book description:
Samuel is a centuries-old vampire who prefers to be a recluse. He is always afraid of losing control and becoming the monster he once was. Falling in love with a young witch has pushed his boundaries and pulled him out of his comfort zone.
Katerina always encourages Samuel to be more open, to let loose, and to really "live" instead of only existing in the shadows.
One night, he finally grants her wish . . . in ways she never imagined.
In my newest release Complete Circle Gabriel is different, he's mysterious, sexy, confident and...needy? Judge for yourself.
Here's the book description:
Lissette is a vampire who has lived with her succubus girlfriend, Cassandra, for a long time. She swore off relationships with men after being viciously raped by the vampire hunters who killed the love of her life and left her for dead.
Lissette and Cassandra only use men to get what they need, blood for Lissette and sexual energy for Cassandra. They are completely satisfied with their lives- until a mysterious stranger comes along.
For the first time in centuries, Lissette wants a man.
Why is she so drawn to him? What is he?
Much more than a mere mortal, Gabriel has been searching for Lissette and Cassandra for a very long time. They have what no one else can give him.
But will they be willing?
So tell me- how do you like your monsters? Sexy, Geeky, or Scary? And if you like give me an example of one of your favorite monsters that fit that description.