While reading the young adult paranormal novel, Intertwined by Gena Showalter, I came across a sentence that would make every werewolf fan cringe in revulsion. One of the characters in this book is a werewolf and he asks one of the other characters a question… he asks… he asks her if she will scratch him behind the ears! He actually asks someone to pet him! Ahhhhhhhhh! Seriously, this werewolf asks for pettings. He’s a werewolf, not a dog! That’s unacceptable!
Being the werewolf fan that I am, and being highly obsessive and not letting things go, I couldn’t stop thinking about that one damn line. What self-respecting werewolf would let anyone pet them? None! And who would ASK for a scratch behind the ears? No one. I have read a lot of werewolf books and in some of them the werewolves are mindless monsters and in others they are intelligent shapeshifters. All of them are badass in some shape or form. The more wolf-like of them are very prideful and would bite the hand of anyone who tried to treat them like a dog. Wolves aren’t dogs. Grr.
That stupid question pissed me off, but I stopped and asked myself if it was really that bad. Was I being pissy for nothing? Is it ok for someone to pet a werewolf? No. I don’t think it’s ok. But what do YOU think? Am I being a silly spaz or do you agree that petting a werewolf is ridiculous? Is there ever a time when it’s acceptable to pet a werewolf? Or scratch it behind the ears like in this book? I don’t think so, but I will leave it up to you guys to answer.
I will even make a poll!
Let your opinions be heard in a comment below.
About the Author
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to werewolves and other supernatural beasties. She writes for top genre sites like Vampires.com and Werewolves.com. You will most likely find her huddled over a book with coffee in hand. You can stalk her via her Twitter.
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