Great Werewolf Characters
There are so many great werewolf characters, but many of them fall into certain types that don’t really speak to what I was trying to do: swaggering Alpha males, loner who hates the beast inside, that type of thing. I was told to choose five but seeing how it’s Night Owl Reviews, I chose six and a half instead.
Geoffrey Beck from Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls. Yes, he bit Sam in a moment of great sadness, but he has spent his life trying to make up for that. He is so caring not only for Sam but for the entire Pack, ultimately sacrificing himself for them.
Talulla Demetriou from Glen Duncan’s Bloodlines Trilogy. Talulla is unapologetically bloody when the moon hits, but over the course of the trilogy, she creates a tiny pack to whom she is very devoted. She is strong and doesn’t spend a lot of time in pointless hand—or paw--wringing.
Joe Bennett from T.J. Klune’s Wolfsong. I say Joe, but I loved the whole Bennett Pack (and Ox, I love Ox most of all, but while he is an Alpha in his own right and Joe’s mate, he isn’t a werewolf). What did I love here? The tenderness and sense of belonging, but also a recognition of the value of both forms.
Angua von Überwald who first appears in Terry Pratchett’s Men at Arms, takes the prize for favorite werewolf--comedy. Tough, smart and a force to be reckoned with, she is interestingly enough, a vegetarian. “Look, sir, I know Angua. She's not the useless type. She doesn't stand there and scream helplessly. She makes other people do that.”
Alcide Hervaux from Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books. I chose Alcide for the most shallow of reasons: I had Joe Mangianello, who played him on HBO’s True Blood, in mind when I wrote John Sigeburgsson, the Great North’s Alpha. He’s there on my Pinterest board along with Serena Williams as Evie.
Remus Lupin. Now in the Harry Potter universe, things get complicated. I’m very fond of Lupin personally, if not the self-hating, lone wolf type. Fenrir Greyback on the other hand seems to be motivated at least initially by his loyalty to his pack and anger over the horrible way the wizarding world treats them. I’m not saying he couldn’t learn some self-control and the cannibalism thing is bad press all around, I’m just saying it’s complicated.
Just a quick shout-out to Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson, who is smart and resourceful and takes no guff from anyone, but is, I’m afraid, a coyote and therefore must be disqualified.
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Maria Vale is a logophile and a bibliovore and a worrier about the world. Trained as a medievalist, she tries to shoehorn the language of Beowulf into things that don't really need it. She currently lives in New York with her husband, two sons and a long line of dead plants. No one will let her have a pet.