If you go to a bookstore or scan Amazon you’ll be sure to notice that the majority of werewolf books are romance novels. This got me thinking – why in the world are werewolves the subject of so many romances? What makes a werewolf sexy or romantic? What is it about them that draw women in? I mean, they have to have something if these love stories are making the bestseller list, right? So, what’s the appeal?
I read a wide assortment of books, and yes, some of them are romance novels, so I have read a few werewolf love stories. But after reading them, I still don’t see why werewolves are sexy. Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series (which started out as a paranormal thriller series and turned into nothing more than pure erotica) features a short-lived romance between Anita, a human, and Richard, a werewolf. Richard, like many classic werewolves, turns into a ferocious and uncontrollable beast every full moon. During the rest of the month he still deals with the beast inside of him, full moon or not. Because of this, he hates himself and what he is – he’s a self-pitying whiny bitch – yet, in spite of his annoying issues, he has a huge female fan base that loves him. Women find Richard’s character sexy and for some reason, alluring. Why? Is it because the beast inside of him adds a touch of danger and adventure? Do women find him attractive because he’s troubled and that makes them want to jump into the books and ease his mind? I just don’t get it.
Then there’s this romance series that I love, The Dark Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon, and in it there are werewolves too. But unlike other werewolves, these guys aren’t monsters, they have natural wolf instincts, not the craziness of classic werewolves. So I can understand why women find them attractive, they are normal men with great personalities and a touch of wild inside them. Most women love a man that’s a little rough around the edges, and that’s what Kenyon’s wolves are – they’re gorgeous badass predators that have a level of self-control. So I get why these guys are sexy, I understand why women want them and why they are featured in a romance series.
Kenyon’s series is the only one that makes sense to me. Her wolves are the only ones I have considered sexy. But other books, with classic beastly monstrous werewolves, those I don’t get. How the hell is a creature that loses control and rips people to shreds sexy?
What do you guys think? What is it that makes werewolves so sexy? Is it their wild side? Their power? What?