The Wolves of Mercy Falls and monster tropes

Hello my weirdos

I (sorta) recently finished reading The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Maggie Stiefvater and this series was no different. I really enjoy her easy style of writing. It is smooth and flowing. I don’t have to read back over anything. And it is easy without being dumbed down. It is poetic without being confusing.

I hadn’t written anything about it yet because I was in such a book hangover from this series that, once I finally got out of my slump, I moved onto the next book on my TBR.(Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, because I hate myself and I was obviously not punished enough by Maggie that I had to delve into a book by an author that is notorious for feeding off the tears of his readership #maniacallaughter )

I am yet to read the side book associated with The Wolves of Mercy Falls (Sinner) but I will get to it. I simply do not own it and have too many books that I do own that need their pages spread open.

The thing I wanted to briefly touch on today was monster tropes. Werewolves. Vampires. Zombies. Mostly, I am sick of them. But Maggie pulled off the werewolves thing because they were not your typical werewolves. Almost not werewolves at all.

I know that there are a lot of people out there that are not like me and they love the shit out of good old sparkly vampire, but I’m a little over it. Sorry. Not sorry. (good old sparkly vampire was sarcasm, for those younger than me)

I think it is an important thing to note for us writers that tropes are both bad and good. Like spiders. Without spiders, we would be overrun with flies and bugs but we still don’t want them in our houses.

There is something alluring about writing a great zombie apocalypse novel and some of us may be able to pull it off, but I think, for the most part, we should just keep them out of our house. Both the novels and the zombies, themselves.

Larry Correia has a great way of doing things. And you should check out this YouTube series for a detailed set of instructions. But he uses a “list and twist” theory that is a great way to go about your writing. And if you have not picked up a Larry Correia book yet, the wtf are you doing? Go. Now.

That’s all I am really gonna say about this subject because I have already wasted enough of your time. Go forth, my weirdos, and concur the world. Just don’t use vampires to do it. And go read The Wolves of Mercy Falls, if you haven’t already.



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