Are wolves sexy? Based on the percent of shapeshifter romances that feature werewolves, it certainly appears we think so. How about dragons? Big cats? Bears? What makes one animal sexy and another not?
When I decided I wanted to write a shapeshifter romance, this is one of the first questions I asked myself. I loved wolves, but there were already so many successful werewolf series out there, I didn’t want to dive into that pool. I wanted something different, but still sexy. (think, think, think)
If you spend about three seconds visiting my site, you’ll see the answer for me was hellhounds. Still canines, still tough, and still lots of alpha potential–but different. Then I added on garm which are wolves, but a totally different legend than werewolves.
I did consider other animals. I looked at what a few other writers have done, and looked at various lores, but nothing worked quite as well for me. I don’t know why I find canines a sexy choice. Is it because they are familiar? Is it because they are predators? There are other predators out there I don’t find sexy–sharks spring to mind. Of course a shark is very different from us–they don’t have legs; they can’t breath air; they aren’t even mammals.
Other writer have used animals that don’t fit all these criteria though–seals/selkies and killer whales for example. I personally don’t find either of these very sexy, at least at first consideration, but they must work for them.
So, what is it? Do you know? Maybe if we make a list of creatures, we can rank their sexy appeal.
Here are a few I either have seen or could see someone choosing…
- Dog—obviously hellhounds work for me (a yorkie wouldn’t)
- Big Cat–jaguar, tiger, etc.
- Selkie/seal–As I said this doesn’t strike me as sexy, but I think I could be swayed if the execution was really good and I didn’t think about them sunning themselves on a beach or balancing a ball on their nose…
- Rat–my friend Summer Devon did this and while I don’t see a rat as sexy, I really liked the reason the hero turned into one and thought it totally worked for her book. Besides, he WASN’T a rat; he just chose to turn into one that one time. There is a difference.
- Killer whale
- Falcon, eagle, etc.
Did I forget some? I’m sure I did. Feel free to add on. So, tell me which do you see as sexy and which would give you an instant eew and make you slam down the book?