I adopted this idea from the list on Entertainingly Nerdy!
To be fair to all fictional monsters, and because I already hype vampires enough, I am eliminating vampires from the running in this category. It’s the only way this post won’t end up yet again with me discussing vamps!
For this post, I’m thinking of monsters traditionally seen in the literary world: werewolves, unspecified beasts, ghouls and ghosts, that sort of thing. And ultimately the monsters I find most interesting are usually beasts!
Think “Beauty and the Beast:” we’ve never quite figured out what the “beast” is, right? Beastly at least took the time to make comparisons about all the parts of the beast, giving a pretty decent visual description. But beasts in general can take a lot of forms, such as the daeva in Rin Chupeco’s The Bone Witch series. I enjoy these creatures largely because in so many stories they have another side to them unseen.
Just like in “Beauty and the Beast” type stories, the beasts generally have a more interesting side to them once you get past the fangs/claws/teeth/tail/whatever that’s threatening. After all, one of my favorite tropes (especially in movies where the creature ends up kind of cute) is where someone accidentally tames a vicious creature and gains a loyal follower. These monsters make for a great device, both in last minute rescues and as stand ins for metaphorical “we shouldn’t hate people for being different” statements.
What’s your favorite type of monster?