Why Hyblood Was Written – Part 2: The Portrayal of Vampires/Werewolves

I know it has been a very long time since Part 1 of ‘Why Hyblood Was Written’ was posted. Things have been very busy on my end – though I know that is a poor excuse and I am sorry to keep you waiting! – with writing, managing all the accounts of The Wolva Trilogy and speaking with fans, etc. But, finally, here is the 2nd installment to the 2 part entry of why The Wolva Trilogy was written.

If you are unaware of part ones existance, click the link here to read up before you continue reading this entry:

https://thewolvatrilogy.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/why-hyblood-was-written-part-1-the-fall-of-ya/

Now that we are all caught up with the first reasoning behind The Wolva Trilogy, I can explain the second: the portrayal of vampire and werewolves in YA novels. Now, you may be wondering just what exactly I mean when I say this, and I will happily explain.

Both myself and the co-author of The Wolva Trilogy are avid YA readers. For those of you that don’t know, YA stands for ‘Young Adult’, one of the most popular book genres presently. Now, being readers of the genre, we started to notice (at the point of developing the story of our Trilogy) that more and more Paranormal YA novels were portraying Vampires (and Werewolves, though far less popular than the pale, fanged, blood-drinking immortals) in a way that we were not too pleased with. A vast majority of YA novels are placed in the present day, inside of school – typical teen settings. Now, while the setting is fine, as it is the YA Genre and the reader must have ways to relate to the plot, the specific ways the Vampires were/are portrayed is very unlike the Immortals that we had grown up reading. (see: Anne Rice, Bram Stoker, etc.) Every author has the right to create any story they want, any way they want, with whatever wording and style that suits them. But when more and more writers start to follow the exact same setting, the exact same mentality for their immortals as well, the readers of the Genre begin to expect this. The readers begin to think that this is the way, the only way, these creatures are and will ever be.

Those of you that have read the classic Paranormal novels will know just what I mean, and many people that read present Paranormal YA have never read or are even aware of Anne Rice’s vampires – the classic way vampires were seen, how people used to remember them. You may be asking yourself, “Just what is the difference between present YA immortals and past ones?”, here are a few examples:

Classic Vampires that are punished in some form from being in contact with the Sun versus Present YA Vampires who most often feel no pain of any kind from the Sun.

Classic Werewolves who, at the time of the full moon, have no control what-so-ever over changing into their Lycan forms versus Present YA Werewolves who often are never forced to change forms, or do not even change into Lycans at all, but just pure wolves.

The differences can go on to explore the time and settings of present day (schools, etc) versus the classic settings of New Orleans, France (both classic settings for Vampires) or Romania (a much loved classic scene for Werewolves) with the time periods being in the 1800s to very early 1900s.

Our hearts bled for the Vampires of past books, Lestat, the renown Dracula, who are not only forgotten about but are sometimes now seen as incorrect due to these new YA Immortals. This is where our second goal for The Wolva Trilogy was drawn from. We wanted to take readers back to the past for a while, to remind them that Vampire and Werewolves are not always 100 year old Highschool students. That not all Immortals are kind, human-hearted undead creatures, but are in fact blood-drinking, superhuman-strength bearing, immortal creatures of the night.

But, do not think we look down upon other paranormal YA’s for their choice of setting or characteristics. As was stated before, every story has the right to be told the way the writer wants, and some readers like that. At the same time, some readers don’t, and that’s what makes books such a wonderful experience both for readers and writers: choice. That is why myself and the co-author of The Wolva Trilogy decided to write this series. We wanted to not only try to show people what Vampire and Werewolves used to be seen as (while still maintaining the feel of a YA genre), but to also give others the choice between what they want in a YA series/book.

If you have any questions or comments upon the reasoning behind the series or of the first book, feel free to comment and we’ll check them out!

Until next time.

Why Hyblood Was Written – Part 1: The Fall of YA

In the next few entries of this blog, I would like to discuss with our fans and future readers of The Wolva Trilogy just why this series is being written. In this first part, I will be explaining the most important reason behind this series: The Fall of YA novels.

You may be wonder just what I mean by ‘The Fall of YA’, as I’m sure you can see just how popular this Genre is nowadays. But that would be taking my statement literally in the terms of falling in sales, when what I really mean is falling in quality.

When the idea behind The Wolva Trilogy was first created, one of our main goals was to show people who read YA that not all relationships in YA books have o be unhealthy. I’m sure many of you are aware of these books – without me pointing fingers, as that is not my reasoning behind this post – that portray young women who are, sadly, weak-minded and very easy to be controlled by the often times dominating and/or rude men they fall in love with.

This is such a bad image to give to young readers, and it’s time it is stopped. Young readers need to know that real relationships are about equal ground between both sexes in the relationship. A true, loving relationship does not exist when one sex has more power over the other. It’s a horrible image to place into the minds of Young Adults- especially young women – and that is where we, the authors of The Wolva Trilogy, step in.

We want people to see what a healthy relationship involves, what it actually could be like between two people who not only are mutual in feelings, but actually respect each others opinions, emotions and beliefs. It’s not about control. It’s not about one being so love-sick over the other that they cannot breathe without their permission. It’s about so much more than that.

In this day and age, so many people jump into relationships based on false beliefs and assumptions that they have learned from books, movies, etc. But what’s worse, is that this tide of story-telling does not seem to hit shallow waters for a very long time. Book publishers are trying their hearts out to keep books on shelves  that people want to read. But what people want to read isn’t always what the need to read. Sometimes, change is for the better, and sometimes, we don’t know just how badly we need change until it happens.

Now, we aren’t saying that when you love someone you won’t feel saddness when the’re apart from you. We aren’t saying that your heart won’t break if they leave you. Those feelings are normal and healthy. What we are saying, is that in these stories, the characters never evolve and learn how to grow from the pain and the change. They continue on, moping, damaging themselves, making the same bad choice again and again and again in an endless circle until their someone comes back to save them from the hell that they had banished them to. Life is about growth. It’s about learning to move on, learning from past pain and mistakes. Learning about yourself.

This is what we want to implement into The Wolva Trilogy. This is one of our two main goals for this series, and we hope that you will join us in this journey to the path of a better YA genre. Like it used to be.

I thank you for reading this, and I hope you check back in in the near future for Part 2 of why Hyblood was written.