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Good Word
11-16-2006, 06:21 PM
I need to do some reading, movie-watching immersion. My main character gets hit with lycanthropy.

Can anyone suggest really good novels, or movies, or whatever that include were-creatures, or shapeshifters, or related things?

Thanks.

or

Who is your favorite human-turned-beastie and why?

veinglory
11-16-2006, 06:48 PM
I think the old "factual" supernatural and folklore books like the one by Baring-Gould are great inspiration.

Medievalist
11-16-2006, 07:04 PM
Good Word I'm half asleep and in Maine and it's raining -- if you email me I'll do this when I get home, on Monday.

Dawno
11-16-2006, 07:09 PM
I'm reading Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series. The last one, Burnt Offerings, I read had a lot of lore and details about lycanthropy. She probably embellished a lot - it's not an area I know much about. But I thought it was very well done.

Gillhoughly
11-16-2006, 07:15 PM
Library.

Folklore section in the 300s.

Oh...just read it all.


Montague Summers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montague_Summers)(no relation to Buffy).

http://www.amazon.com/Book-Werewolves-Sabine-Baring-Gould/dp/1859580726

There is such a glut of shapeshifter/w.w. stuff on the racks that a solid grounding in the original legends is best before checking how other writers dealt with it. You'll find the movies are good and scary, but wholly unreliable for solid info.

Good luck.

Good Word
11-16-2006, 07:19 PM
But what color should I paint my house, Gil?

Medievalist
11-16-2006, 07:24 PM
All the really good stuff is medieval.

No, really!

aadams73
11-16-2006, 09:44 PM
Oh Oh oh...Carrie Vaughn's "Kitty and the Midnight Hour." She writes a really good werewolf story. Also the second book in the series, "Kitty Goes to Washington."

Good Word
11-16-2006, 09:58 PM
All the really good stuff is medieval.

No, really!

You mean books on lycanthropes or house paint colors?

Medievalist
11-16-2006, 10:40 PM
You mean books on lycanthropes or house paint colors?

Yes.

It's still raining.

Dawno
11-16-2006, 11:16 PM
I wouldn't use medieval house paints - they'd be pretty dried out by now.

::psst - I know we all love Medievalist, and all, but there was some really cool stuff written in the Romantic period, too.::

ChaosTitan
11-17-2006, 03:42 AM
Have you seen the "Underworld" films? They have an interesting take on Lycans, and the character of Michael has to deal with a sudden case of human-turned-beastie.

Plus Scott Speedman looks good with his shirt off. ;) But that's just why I love the movies....

Linda Adams
11-17-2006, 04:08 AM
Working with the Devil

Witchling

And if you read the Anita Blake series, don't read past Burnt Offerings. She changed genre at that point.

Shara
11-27-2006, 04:43 PM
For movies, I can recommend 'Ginger Snaps'.

A cult Canadian-made film that deals with that age-old theme of connecting lycanthropy with menstruation. But it actually does it really well.

Shara

scarletpeaches
11-27-2006, 04:46 PM
Kelley Armstrong. "Bitten" was the first. I liked it, anyway. :)

MyFirstMystery
11-28-2006, 04:40 AM
For pop culture references check out Buffy the Vampire Slayer (episodes with Seth Green in them) - available on Netflix.

I also recommend Anita Blake.

MFM

Dawno
11-29-2006, 05:16 AM
Working with the Devil

Witchling

And if you read the Anita Blake series, don't read past Burnt Offerings. She changed genre at that point.

Too late - I'm at Cerulean Sins now - and I know what you mean. More than I ever wanted to know about bondage...sheesh.

soloset
11-29-2006, 09:48 AM
Have you seen the "Underworld" films? They have an interesting take on Lycans, and the character of Michael has to deal with a sudden case of human-turned-beastie.

Plus Scott Speedman looks good with his shirt off. ;) But that's just why I love the movies....

I have to agree... er, about the interesting take on shapeshifters vs. vampires, that is. Okay, and about Speedman, even though I'm not big on the make-up he's wearing by the end of the first movie.

Did you see Van Helsing? Average take on the werewolf stuff, nice special effects, really lousy movie overall, but Hugh Jackman is wearing nothing but a loincloth by the end.

Too late - I'm at Cerulean Sins now - and I know what you mean. More than I ever wanted to know about bondage...sheesh.
I gave up at Obsidian Butterfly (the one about Edward).

It's like TV; there's always a point in any television series where the writers reinvent the characters so much that they're not really the ones I fell in love with in the first place. It's probably necessary, to keep things fresh, but it means they lose me.

When she moved away from the basic original premise -- staying human in a world of monsters -- she lost me. Not that I thought the initial love triangle was sustainable, but I would have liked at least some resolution beyond "we went our separate ways between books". Maybe the resolution comes later, I don't know.

For non-fiction reading, you might try The Beast Within (http://www.amazon.com/Beast-Within-History-Werewolf/dp/038072264X) by Adam Douglas. It's a good overview of the phenomenon of lycanthropy throughout the ages. And despite the lurid cover, it's actually very serious in tone.

Oh, and rent Silver Bullet. C'mon, you know you want to.

I don't think I have a favorite human-turned-beastie, although I'm sure I'll think of one as soon as I hit "submit". I've seen many that I liked, but none that quite qualify for favorite who aren't in my own head. ;)