This is what I want to know: do you prefer your shapeshifter/paranormal heroes to accept their nature/condition, or try to move beyond it and become human?
Some shifter heroes (and I’m including vampires in the bunch) spend all their lives trying to get away from the way their were either born or made. They hate that they are a creature unlike mortals, and desire only to become human. They associate morality with humanity. The creature that is inside them, or that they are is not acceptable. Usually by the end of their story they have achieved humanity, or have learned to accept what they are, most often with the help of an understanding woman.
Other shifter heroes are perfectly fine with what they are. They were born this way, that’s the way they’ll die. If they shift into creature form, they embrace the animal part of themselves and often ensure they are safely away from humans so as to protect them. Vampires drink real blood from human necks and don’t have to keep a stock of bagged blood in their fridges. They are proud of what they are, and they want a woman who can accept them for what they are.
I love the latter of the two. The hero who accepts what he is. I don’t need a brooder, unless it’s just a part of his exterior appeal.
What about you? Acceptance or struggle? Which appeals most to you in your shapeshifter/vampire heroes?