Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!
Have you ever noticed that almost 90% of the paranormal shifter population in books are werewolves? Then we’ve got, like, 8% devoted to some kind of cat, 1% to bats (to cover all the vampires) and that leaves most of the rest of the animals out of it. Where’s the fun in that?! As Amanda (On a Book Bender) will surely tell you, giraffe-shifters could be incredibly useful people! And just imagine what it’d be like to be able to shift to, say a rhinoceros? Or an Alligator? OR! A killer whale and be able to just swim across the ocean wherever you needed to go!
Another opportunity that gets lost by leaving out other shifters is the chance to explore animal politics. If there were a society of shifters but everyone shifted to a different animal, which animals would be on top? Which would be considered useless? Which would be picked on, and which would be feared? There’s a whole society to explore there, and I’m surprised nobody’s written it yet! (Or if they have, I haven’t heard of it – point me in the right direction please?)