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THE  GENRE OF WEREWOLVES:  HORROR OR  FANTASY ?

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If you are like me and ever wondered about the werewolf genre within fiction and whether it was classified as horror or fantasy you want to read this post now because this is the post for you.

First before finding out what genre werewolves are classified under  let’s look at the difference of what the fantasy genre and horror genre in fiction is defined as.

Fantasy Genre:

The  fantasy  genre within novel writing and  literature  features  both magic and supernatural  elements that  evolve  around  made  up and imaginary  worlds , timelines and creatures .   It  usually has  at least  8  sub categories

  • High or epic fantasy.
  • Low fantasy.
  • Sword and sorcery.
  • Dark fantasy.
  • Fables.
  • Fairy tales.
  • Superhero fiction.

Horror Genre

Horror genre is focused more on mood.  In order to work it has to create an unsettling atmosphere and give its intended reader a sense of fear. Even though it may have fantastical elements within   its genre, the setting is usually entirely realistic. 

So I found  an article called 144 Genres and Subgenres for Fiction Writing by Tonya Thompson  and in the article  werewolves  are classified under monsters which is a subgenre  of  Horror.

But did you know there was another sub-genre that is considered in the realm of the fantasy genre?

It is called the paranormal genre or speculative fiction and this   genre is a subgenre of fantasy.  The paranormal genre consists of   all of the   monsters   that go bump in the night which includes werewolves.

Whereas wikipedia  has  defined the werewolf genre and classified  it   as being  a  genre  that  can be categorized in  both  horror and fantasy      

Just by looking at  these  two definitions  of  where  the werewolf genre  is  categorized  under we  can assume that  the werewolf genre  is  used  both in  fantasy and   horror   and can be used  in an  exceptional and  varied storylines and plots because of the ancients  roots the werewolf folklores stem from with its various re interpretations   of the genre. 

Thus  a   writer  can draw  from  previous  folklores  and myths of werewolves  in order  to create   a fantastical and horrific  tale.

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EXPLORING THE   IMMORTALITY  OF  WEREWOLVES IN FICTION / FOLKLORE

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First what is immortality within the context of supernatural  creatures  ? 

 Immortality is usually explored in fiction  to explain the theory  of death and  existence  as a  whole.   

Immortality  to humans  are  where  the human is usually exempt from death. Eternal everlasting life  where  we can cheat death  in a  magical way.  The human does  not and cannot    die.

As in terms  of  supernatural or mythological creatures.  The creature cannot  be harmed   in  anyway and they  live forever. 

There are usually five  types  of immortality:

  • Prolonged  lifespan or  eternal youth.:  where   a being lives  and stays  young but they can  be killed if mortally wounded.( most common in  fiction  and explored through objects such as the fountain of youth or a magic  elixir) 
  • Undeath  immortality –  where a being  has died  but they are still  alive . (example vampire  or zombie)
  • Reincarnation immortality – where a being  dies  but  comes  back to life  over and over  again  in different  forms.
  • Postmortality-  where  a being lives on in the afterlife after  they die.  ( examples  of post mortality  is usually explored  in many  cultures famous ones  being heaven and Valhalla )
  • Absolute immortality – is where  the  being cannot be harmed in anyway  or  die  at all and is basically indestructible    and then is one  of the reasons why it can be explained  why immortality  is  used as a curse in some fiction  novels.

Now let’s  delve into werewolf  immortality  and if it  is possible. 

In  my  research from  most  sources  say that in  werewolf folklore  a werewolf  in not immortal  because they can die  of their  wounds and  the closest  thing I found of  werewolves being  immortal is when talking about the Wendigo.( I will have a separate post  later about the wendigo) 

Werewolf folklore says  werewolves  in general can have a long lifespan close or up to  over 2000 years. Thus making their ageing process slow.  In  other words they can still look forever  young  similar  to a vampire  in a way  except they are not  dead.

They  can also heal themselves .   If they shapeshift more they are said  to stay younger  longer  than some .

But if the  definition of what immortality is true.  Then  original folklore about werewolves not being  immortal is not  true.

Infact they might  just be immortal if you take  and  use  the prolonged   lifespan / eternal youth  type   immortality .  

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WOULD YOU CONSIDER A WEREWOLF TO BE IMMORTAL WHY OR WHY NOT ?

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WOLF BIRDS: RAVENS AS THE TRICKSTER IN FICTION & MYTHOLOGY

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Ravens  are the most  bad ass  animals  besides  wolves  in the animal  kingdom .  They  are  intellectually  the  strongest   of animals and  that is why it  is said that they are tricksters  and also  that they are called wolf birds because they hang out  with   wolves .   Yup I said it . Wolves and  Ravens  are  old chums and always  have been  . So ordinarily  what’s  a  werewolf story  without a  raven in the mix?  I’m sure every  novel  about werewolves has one, right? Well I do . 

Three days ago I  posted about talking animals .  Did you know  that in  fiction and mythology the raven  when considered a talking  animal represents prophecy and insight?

In stories they are usually psychopomps.

Psychopomps are  creatures, spirits, angels, or deities in many religions whose responsibility is to escort newly deceased souls from Earth to the afterlife. Their role is not to judge the deceased, but simply to guide them.

Ravens are often  considered as a mediator  animal of life and death.  

In North  American mythology among the  Inuit , Tsimishians and Haidas  ravens are  known as  either the creator  of the world  or as  a trickster.  Another  mythology  says that the raven  comes  from the land of spirits. 

Within Haida mythology the raven  is frequently seen as a trickster and has been described as the greediest, most lecherous and mischievous creature but also  helps  humans with the spiritual world.

In  Sweden folklore  the raven  was thought of as ghost  who were murdered .

In some  cultures  the raven was  a harbinger  of death.

As you know ravens are scavengers whether it be human or  animal they can find food  anywhere. They know how to  take  advantage of any  other animal to help  get food.  They can learn to imitate different sounds, including the human voice. In nature, their calls include guttural croaks, gurgling noises, that also include  a sharp, metallic tock. And  this is where the wolves come in the picture .  Being around other animals make  the raven  accessible to food.  The raven follows  packs  and  are usually seen  flying over  or beside the wolf.

Because of this wolves interact more with the  raven than any other  animal and like I  said  are best buds with them .  The  raven in actuality protects the  wolves  by calling out if there is danger near. They are also said to draw  other animals such as the elk near  so  the wolves can   tear and eat through the meat and then the raven  goes  ahead and eat.

IN MY WIP NOVEL

In my  work in progress novel During the Blue Hour I  use the raven as a trickster but also as a Psychopomp . They are beings called  earth divers, a type   of  celestial  beings and a type of Viators  of Caelum . They  are powerful celestial beings  who have the power  to manipulate  time  and shapeshift.  The ravens in my novel are   guardians to the werewolves. They help  protect them  and they watch over  them.  But they  are also tricksters  who are also   tired of  werewolf politics. And so even though they  protect the werewolves  they give them  a  difficult   time   by  having a little  fun and tricking them.  They are very  warrior like and clever  when it comes to  a battle. 

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