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  1. Werewolf fiction

    Heck yes. But gee it'd be nice if there was a werewolf novel on the shelves. Just sayin'.
  2. Uratha vs. Kindred?

    Hey folks. Thanks for being a lot kinder than other fora. Let me cut and paste something I posted on rpg.net to answer the "why a vampire" question: Well. This has been a fun week for my ego. Anyway, I've seen a lot of talk about "why this" and "why that" (not to mention "how far down in the barrel did they have to scrape to find this mook") about the prologue. I checked with Ethan, so I can spill about some "behind the scenes" info about the book to help explain what's going on and why we made the choices we did. One of the biggest problems I had writing this novel was how to fit in all of the setting material without transforming into Doctor Exposition, who sounds rather like Ben Stein on downers. The Requiem folks have it easy. Thanks to Anne Rice and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, pretty much everyone knows the vague rules of being a vampire. Requiem has its own take on vampires, but the Kindred still follow the general rules of being a vampire, more or less. They drink blood. Their reflection is messed up. Most of them are HAWT. The sun cooks them. They have cool powers like the ones in the movies/books/comics. The Kindred are unique, but they are close enough to Angel or Lestat that folks just adapt to the differences, the same way the adapt to the differences between Nick Knight and Dracula (any version). But Uratha. They aren't tied to a full moon. (See how I slipped that in, like I was clever or something.) They have five shapes instead of two. Being a werewolf isn't an infection/curse. There's the whole spirit world thing going on. There are tribes and auspices that determine what sort of werewolf one might be and what cool magic powers the werewolf has. (And most werewolves in fiction don't have any powres other than turning into a wolf or wolf-man.) In short, the Uratha mythos is not something that's easily assumed from the body of myth around werewolves. Even if you're a big werewolf fan, and can quote Ginger Snaps or Dog Soldiers for fun, these guys are very different from the movies/books/comics. The novels have to stand on their own, and so I can't assume that anyone who picks this up at Borders has read the Forsaken rulebook or been religiously following the teasers on the web like the folks on these. I've _got_ to explain 1001 different things about Uratha and not be boring. So, I've got a few choices. One of them is for the Doctor Exposition to stand up and parrot stuff out of the rulebook. That's just awful to read. Or, I can try to dole it out a little bit at a time, like I'm doing in the novel. That's one of the reasons that the first book is about Nameless. He's closer to Ginger or the Dog Soldiers werewolves than Elias Winterborn. So, that's one of the reasons why the first chapter is a quick and dirty fight. I got to spill out a bunch of the werewolf "rules" quickly, without Evil Doctor Exposition. But why a vampire? Isn't that kind of a cliché, especially based on the past relationships between the Kindred and the Garou? Yeah, it kind of is. And we tried to make it as interesting and as different from the Old School "Look, it's a Wyrm-Ridden Leech" as we could. But vampires have one huge advantage over using an Azlu or Ridden. Yep - Doctor Exposition. Everyone understands what vampires do. Doc Exposition didn't have to ride up and say "This is an Azlu - blah blah spider spirit blah blah close the Gauntlet blah blah are you still awake blah blah blah?" The vampire is a generic thing to kill. Nameless could have just mugged a human but then it's not an action scene, and I can't slide in use of the Gauru form and how they heal. It's "Nameless slices up the guy and hides the body." The fight has to be challenging enough to last a page or so, so it can't be just a guy. But it has to be a foe that doesn't take a lot of exposition to explain either. So, that's why it's a vampire. Also, the prologue sets up one of them, what do you call them? Themes. Yeah, that's the word. But you need to read more of the book to see the theme develop. Anyway. Thanks for the nice comments, and for the not-so-nice-but-still-true ones too. I hope ya’ll will like the novel when it comes out.
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