About today’s guest: Larissa Ione
Larissa is a fellow member of the Shape Shifter Romance blog and as of this week, a New York Times best-selling author!! Let’s all give her our congrats! :)
One lucky commenter will win a copy of either Desire Unchained or Taming the Fire (Sydney Croft,) Larissa’s werewolf books.. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered. Winner will be announced at end of Full Moon promotion. Last day to enter Saturday, April 25th at midnight central U.S. time.
I’ve made no secret of my “horror roots.” Oh, no – I cut my teeth on Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Gary Brandner, Whitley Strieber, Peter Straub, etc. I LOVED horror novels when I was growing up.
But I also loved horror movies. I gravitated more toward “monster” movies than “hack and slash,” so vampires, werewolves, and the blob were totally my thing. And my favorite? Werewolf movies!
Remember The Howling? Wolfen? American Werewolf in London? And who can forget Silver Bullet? Or the classic, The Wolf Man? Oh, Lon Chaney Jr., how I miss you.
Then, more recently, we have the Underworld series (which are probably my favorites,) Blood for Chocolate, Bad Moon, Hybrid. Man, I love the werewolf horror movies.
But have you ever noticed that werewolf movies ARE horror? It’s rare for the cinema to show werewolves in a positive light, a romantic light, the way books can and do. Oh, there’s a romantic element to the Underworld movies and Blood for Chocolate, but still, at their roots, they are gory horror-fests.
I can see, however, how these powerful creatures became the heroes and heroines in romance novels. They are strong, feral, and they possess a primal aura of danger that just makes a reader shiver. Plus, there is an element of unpredictability that keeps us on edge. What if the man (or woman) we’ve fallen in love with loses control and rips us apart? Yeah…that’s an issue.
So we watch these movies and feel for the characters who are good people, but who, once a month, are reduced to creatures who operate on rage and instinct, and who might just tap into our basest fears. Because really, could any one of us snap under the right conditions?
So anyway, this is windy way of saying that I love werewolf movies. I think my favorite is Underworld, but The Wolf Man comes in a close second, followed by An American Werewolf in London for third place.
What’s YOUR favorite werewolf movie? Tell me, and you’ll be eligible to win your choice of either Desire Unchained or Taming the Fire (Sydney Croft,) which are my two werewolf books.
Thanks for playing!!!
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