By Lori Devoti
Last week was a huge week for the U.S.. History making. There was a lot of talk of change and a New America—an accepting America. Made me wonder how accepting we are, or would be, if vampires and werewolves and magic-tossing wizards were all real. Crazy thought I know, but there you have it. I’m a writer, I have to have a few crazy thoughts.
There are a lot of books that address this—show some pre-book time when weres and vamps “came out.” (Kim Harrison and Caitlin Kittredge spring to mind.) The characters talk about the terror that ensued, and usually in these books there is some kind of “bad” part of town where all these creatures now live. Sometimes the “bad” part is only bad to outsiders, to those who actually live there it is quite pleasant and safe. Sometimes the “bad” is really bad and only the most dismal of the magical stay there—the others try to “blend”. Sometimes the magical openly have normal jobs, sometimes they have to hide what they are, and sometimes they have their own “separate but equal” society.
So, what is most real? What would you do if it came out that weres and vamps and such really did exist? What would you do if you found out your neighbor who you’ve been exchanging lawn tips with over the back fence was also the dog you see scampering around back there late at night?
How freaked out would we be? Would there be camps and reservations opened up to house and separate? Would the magical be declared non-human thus not “men” and not part of our rights? Or would we still have that chat over the fence and still entrust our kids to the teacher who just so happens to carry type O in her thermos each day?
How would we react, really?
And which writers got it right?
For what it’s worth, I’m going with the Heroes scenario. Panic and fear among many. An attempt to watch and control—but not World War II camps or a repeat of the Trail of Tears or missiles flying King Kong style. But then again, maybe I’m wrong.
Who wants to find out?
Leave a comment, I’m really curious what others think.
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