Wanted: Unusual Shifters

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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?)

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9 Responses to “Wanted: Unusual Shifters”

  1. YES. If you can handle romance that borders on erotica, I’d suggest Jodi Redford’s That Old Black Magic series. She’s got a couple unusual shifters.

  2. I’m not a big werewolf fan, so if there were other shifters out there I’d really prefer that. The only book I can think of is the Sookie Stackhouse series, but that’s adult (not as blatant as the TV show). There’s a whole community of other para-shifters, even panthers.

    • Anne says:

      I don’t *mind* werewolves really, but I just think they’ve been kind of over-done. EVERYTHING is werewolves – how come all the other animals get ignored?

      I really should try Sookie Stackhouse again sometime. I read the first one back in high school and remember being kinda “meh” about it so I never pursued it. Maybe I’ll think differently now :)

  3. I think it’d be fun to see someone step outside the box and NOT just in a erotic romance kind of way … I would love to see something other than werewolves. They’re just old news now. :)

    • Anne says:

      I KNOW RIGHT? All I’m asking for is some clever originality here :) Not that werewolves aren’t original, but they’ve been done to death – time for something NEW!

  4. Ooh! I got one for you… The Furry United Coalition series by Eve Langlais. Thus far there have been bunnies, bears, swans, crocs, and foxes. Oh, and an evil squirrelly thing. Those are just the main characters, too. There are TONS of other shifters in the background. LOVE that series!

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