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.

The Music Behind the Writing

I always find it amusing, both as a reader and a writer, to find out the songs that people listen to while they write a book. As our list of followers and readers grow by the day, I felt that perhaps some of our fans would like to know just what songs inspired the words behind The Wolva Trilogy. The following three links will each go to 1 of 3 palylists. Each book in the Trilogy having it’s own list of music behind it.

Book 1 – ‘Hyblood’s Playist:

http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/Hyblood+First+Book+Of+The+Wolva+Trilogy/69182539

Book 2 – ‘Hyblood: Ada’s Prophecy’s Playlist:

http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/Hyblood+Ada+s+Prophecy/69182545

Book 3 – ‘Hyblood: Eternal War’s Playlist:

http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/Hyblood+Eternal+War/69182552

I do hope you enjoy, and perhaps become enlightened by this. And since the second and third books are yet to be released, perhaps these songs will also be a nice teaser for those wondering just what will happen next!

The Number 1,500

Two months and two weeks ago, ‘Hyblood: First Book of The Wolva Trilogy’ was published and released online. In just two-and-a-half short months, I am proud of the progress the first book in the Trilogy has already made.

Thanks to amazing fans and dedicated readers, I am very happy to announce that we have reached not only 1,500 followers on Twitter, but 1,500 ebook downloads on Amazon.com.

That is simply amazing.

To all you wonderful people who have read ‘Hyblood’, who have plans to read ‘Hyblood’ and to those who are currently in the middle of doing so – I just want to say thank you.

You have made the start of this Trilogy’s journey through publication amazing, memorable and – without a doubt – you have all left me speechless at one point or another. We could not have made it this far, in such a short amount of time, without all of your support and faith.

I look forward to the coming weeks, months and years as I meet and speak to more of our fans – both present and future – and I know things will become even more amazing during April when ‘Hyblood’ goes live on several other ebook sites (Kobo, Nook, Apple, and more).

Thank you.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.