Note - This is a question for a fantasy story I am writing (Just for fun <3) :3
To be honest I've never really considered what makes a Werewolf Cliché. I've always loved werewolf films, ever since I was little, especially American Werewolf in London/Paris. I quite liked those movies.
Anyway, when I write my own stories, I really try to move away from the 'original' conception of a mythology, like how Vampires and Werewolves, or Angels and Demons came to be, and I think I can do this more since my stories are set in a fantasy world. Yet, even if a manage to escape the overused birth of such creatures, the clichés and traits of such creature are a little different.
My Vampires for example, don't bloody sparkle. They are fierce, killing, psychotic, mindless, ugly killing(emphasis) things. They have no self awareness, they have no ambitions, not reason to live, they have no goals - nothing, but to feed - they are effectively zombies with a bit more brainpower to them (they hunt skillfully and can talk). I hate shiny Vampires... >.>
Anyway, I have a Werewolf in my story (Well I have a few, 2 and one yet-to-be-transformed).
From what I have seen, many cliché things which surround werewolves is that they are usually scrawny, geeky, nerdy guys who suddenly become macho mans, or they wake up naked in some field after having transformed (with no memory of the night before) or even have footprints leading up to them, showing their literal transformation, and many times they have no control/power over their transformation.
Although these are the hallmark signs of Lycanthropy/Werewolf...ism(I dunno what you'd call it), I quite like creating my own rules/laws/and concept behind the creation of such creatures. I just wanted to know if, to the general-lovely-average-Joe-public, these ideas sound good, or if i should stick to the cliché side of it?
Here's Werewolf outline -
1. In the beginning the 6 almighty Werewolves were created by the Gods to guard the fallen angels.
2. Fallen Angels did not believe Werewolves = Werewolves go a little nutty because they can't fulfill their destiny.
3. Werewolves attack innocent people, most die, the few strong ones survive, carrying the Werewolf blood now until the end of time - I.e. their children will carry this blood too.
4. If the child is strong, the child will be hunted down by one of the original 6 Werewolves and transformed. (Even the weaker ones who are transformed by the Werewolves have heightened qualities to them).
5. Once attacked, the child will have to wait until the next full moon to transform. Whilst they are waiting, they 'MAY' find a way to rid/halt the transformation process, by either magic, amulets, alchemy...ect.
6. Once transformed there is no going back.
7. The full moon doesn't coax transformation. By day the affected is calm and gentle (or has a normal human personality) yet by night they show aggressive tendencies. The closer they are to a full moon, the harder it is to control the Werewolf within, yet if kept in a tranquil state they may go without transforming whatsoever. The affected may Transform at any time (Night) during the moon's cycle.
8. If they have trained, they may remain in control (up to a certain point) when in their Werewolf form.
9. Whilst in Human form, they are plagued with Blind looking eyes (Blue, Purple, Grey or White usually), yet upon transforming their eyes turn white with a black ring around the iris.
10. They don't look scrawny or weak whilst in Human form - their Werewolf blood shows through to show their true qualities. Some Werewolves are stronger, some are wittier, others faster... etc each person's alter ego is affected by their own human personality.
11. SILVER BULLETS DON'T KILL THEM - it was actually a lie they spread so that Slayers could think they were killer-ble. In actual fact, the only thing which is known to kill them is a bullet filled with crushed Angel bones and soaked in the blood of Demons (considering they are the children of the Gods).
12. No matter what they do, how far they run, how well they hide or fall off the grid - they WILL eventually be found and transformed. There is no hiding from the eyes of the Hounds of the Gods.
and finally 13...
13. They are the guardians of the children of the Fallen Angels. The children of the Werewolves guard and protect the Fallen Children. There were 6 fallen Angels, and 6 Werewolf clans. Each clan protects one of the Fallen Children (With much reluctance and annoyance, since they still don't get along) But even if they hide or run, their destinies will entwine and cross at some point.
So... what do people think of these Werewolf...things? Should I try to stick more to stereotypical views of them, or go forward with this concept?
☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Black Dragonfly ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Note -
They aren't 'Beautiful' - they look like normal Humans, with flaws and imperfections. They all don't suffer from 'Angst', only some do who don't readily accept what they are. They are vicious, terrifying creatures, yet just because something is a 'monster' just because something is affected by an ailment, doesn't make it a killing machine without thoughts, feelings and a will of it's own. I decided to create the story of the Fallen Angels just to give it something more than the - "oh, randomly bitten by a random Werewolf, one-in-a-million-chance, and now i will angst forever for being in the wrong place at the wrong time" - I have given them a reason to be tracked, they are prepared for their fate and know what is to happen. Some where attacked so young that the know no difference. And so what if they have changing eyes? Does SUDDENLY having changing eyes makes something a Mary-Sue?
All I hoped was to make something "n "new" and imaginative rather than copy already done ideas.