Why I Love Monsters

Why I Love Monsters

If you haven’t already guessed by now, I really love monsters. I love monsters so much that I named this book after a monster blog that I haven’t even read. Yet. I’m planning on getting to it soon! I have a box set of the entire Monstrumologist series so I have no excuse.

The prompt or this week’s Top 10 Tuesday is “reasons why I love”, and originally I’d planned to talk about something else, but I decided to do a sort of intro to why my blog is themed the way that it is, and talk about my love of monsters. And this is a love so huge that I’ve studied monsters three times and hope to be an author who writes about monsters.

I’m linking up to Top 10 Tuesday today! Be sure to swing by That Artsy Reader Girl if you want to join in!

monsters are versatile

A monster can be anything that their creator wants it to be. You may not want to make up an easily identifiable creature like a vampire or a werewolf and make up something completely original. But even if you do want to creature your own established creature, you can still do whatever you want because there are no rules in monster creation.

monsters can represent things

I am 100% aware that so many people in the bookish world hate the academic side of literature, but I love it. Listen, if your takeaway from literature analysis is your high school teacher saying “the curtains were blue because they represent sadness and blah blah”, you just had a terrible teacher. You will almost never find a high-school teacher’s essay in an academic journal or book for this exact reason.

But anyway, when I was at university, my favourite thing to study was Gothic literature, and it still is now (hence this blog’s theme). I especially loved studying monsters because it gave me a better insight into monsters a lot more than “a scary book needs a monster”. What makes a monster a monster? Is a monster a bad thing? However, my favourite part is monster theory itself which considers monsters to be a representation of what we are frightened by as a society. Vampires can represent the aristocracy and the worst of the richest people, werewolves can be the “unwashed masses” and the working class, and aliens can represent the great unknown of the depths of space.

It doesn’t have to be too complicated but monsters are so much more complex than just “big scary thing that eats people”.

monsters can be scary

I personally love to see monsters be terrifying. I like my vampires manipulative but seductive, I like my werewolves to be somewhere in between person and wolf, I like my sea monsters to come from the absolute deepest depths of the ocean, I like my aliens to be non-humanoid and murderous, and I like my zombies… Well, I actually don’t really like zombies. Basically, the scarier the better when it comes to me. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like humanised monsters.

monsters can be friendly

While I definitely like my monsters to be scary, I will welcome friendly monsters with open arms. Who doesn’t want to hug the Gruffalo? Or the Cookie Monster? Or the beasts from Where the Wild Things Are? Friendly monsters bring me back to a previous point of what exactly makes a monster a monster. Does a monster have to be evil and scary in order to be considered a monster? That’s for you to decide.

monsters are fun to create

Whenever I have the inspiration and drive to write something creative, I love to write monster stories. Mainly vampire stories (because vampires are the best), but I am open to all kinds of monsters. Well, except zombies because I don’t find them interesting.

The thing that I love the most about creating monsters is that there are technically no rules in monster creation. Sure, there are guidelines in what makes a monster a certain kind of monster (vampires drink blood, werewolves are people who become wolves or some horrifying in between) but other than that, you can do whatever the heck you want.

Does your vampire look like a bat and a human had a baby? It’s still a vampire. Does your werewolf turn into an actual wolf instead of a wolf-person? I’m a little disappointed but it is still a werewolf. The sky is the limit so you can do whatever you want. Unless you’re writing ghosts because people can be a lot picker with those.

talk to me!

Do you like monsters? What’s your favourite kind of monster and what do you like about them?

38 Comments

  1. May 19, 2020 / 10:29 am

    I think when people create versatile monsters I can certainly really come to like them in fiction. But some writers do make them one-dimensional and that is a shame. But great topic!

    • Louise
      Author
      May 19, 2020 / 7:18 pm

      It really is a shame when writers make their monsters one dimensional. I like them to be more complex!

    • Louise
      Author
      May 19, 2020 / 7:20 pm

      They definitely are! 😀

  2. May 19, 2020 / 12:46 pm

    Ooh, we have something in common this week! I loved this post and I wrote something similar to it.

    My TTT .

    • Louise
      Author
      May 19, 2020 / 7:33 pm

      Oh yay! Always great to find another monster fan 😀

  3. May 19, 2020 / 5:39 pm

    I love this and it is so true. My favorite “monster” trope is when you realize the real “monster” isn’t who you thought in the beginning.

    • Louise
      Author
      May 19, 2020 / 7:38 pm

      That’s such a good monster trope! I love finding out that the “scary” monster isn’t actually bad.

  4. May 19, 2020 / 8:10 pm

    I don’t read a lot of books with actual monsters in them, but I do read ones where people become the monster. It’s fascinating to see.

    • Louise
      Author
      May 20, 2020 / 2:56 am

      Yes! Seeing people become the monster is always fascinating, whether it’s metaphorically becoming a monster or even physically 🙂

  5. May 19, 2020 / 9:41 pm

    Great points. I like that a monster can be anything. I like them to be terrifying as well, but at the same time I can take a Cookie monster type monster too occasionally haha! Or when an author can make you feel for a monster even though in the beginning you thought they were just terrible.

    • Louise
      Author
      May 20, 2020 / 2:55 am

      Ooh yeah, I love being able to feel for a monster! Those are probably some of my favourite kinds of redemption stories 🙂

  6. May 19, 2020 / 9:58 pm

    Intriguing post. So what is a good example of a complex monster? I ask because I’ve been working on a MG book, but some of them are fairly one dimensional. Not the villain, of course. But I haven’t given much thought to the complexity of my monster.

    My TTT if interested! It involves dragons…

    • Louise
      Author
      May 20, 2020 / 2:54 am

      I think the best example of a complex monster is the Monster from Frankenstein, but that’s probably a bit too complex for a MG book 🙂

  7. May 19, 2020 / 10:35 pm

    Oooo… Love this! I actually love monsters too, if they are written well rounded! They can definitely be friendly. 🙂

    • Louise
      Author
      May 20, 2020 / 2:52 am

      Well-rounded monsters are definitely the best kind of monsters for me 🙂

  8. May 20, 2020 / 1:06 am

    What a great topic choice! I don’t read a lot of monster books, but I’ve loved the few I have read. I tend to read more ghost stories. 🙂

    • Louise
      Author
      May 20, 2020 / 2:51 am

      Ooh, ghost stories are always a good time! 🙂

  9. May 20, 2020 / 1:15 am

    Haha such a fun take on the topic! I do not read many books with monsters, maybe I’ll have to seek some up.

    • Louise
      Author
      May 20, 2020 / 2:51 am

      I would definitely recommend that you do! They’re a lot of fun 😄

  10. May 20, 2020 / 11:39 am

    Monster theory sounds fascinating! I don’t read many vampire or werewolf stories, but maybe I should. I do love it when the seemingly terrifying monster isn’t all that bad. And when you realize that the biggest monsters are other people.

    • Louise
      Author
      May 20, 2020 / 8:55 pm

      It really is! Ooh, yeah I love it when the scary monster isn’t all bad too 😀

  11. May 20, 2020 / 3:51 pm

    I love your topic for this week! I tend to side with monstrous characters, especially the ones with tragic stories — it’s hard to not empathize with them at times. I also adore horror movies — there are so many classic monsters in literature! Happy reading!

    • Louise
      Author
      May 20, 2020 / 8:57 pm

      I love a good sympathetic monster! It’s a huge reason why Frankenstein is one of my favourite books ever 🙂

  12. May 20, 2020 / 5:30 pm

    I love your topic! I agree that monsters are varied and can represent what scares us as a society. And that there are also friendly monsters out there.

    • Louise
      Author
      May 20, 2020 / 8:58 pm

      Monsters are definitely varied! 😀

    • Louise
      Author
      May 20, 2020 / 9:00 pm

      Playing with the lore and mythology is definitely my favourite part of making my own monsters 😀

  13. May 20, 2020 / 8:19 pm

    Ok, I love this post! I love a good monster story, especially if the monster starts off as being perceived as inherently evil purely because of how they look and then characters later find out they really aren’t that bad. They just look scary.
    Like, “Yes I can bite a mans head off. But what I like doing is baking. *sigh* Not baking people. Cupcakes!”
    I really like soft yet monstrous characters! 😂

    • Louise
      Author
      May 20, 2020 / 9:01 pm

      I love soft monsters! Especially Muppet-like soft monsters, they’re just so adorable and lovable 😀

    • Louise
      Author
      May 20, 2020 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed 😀

  14. May 21, 2020 / 10:14 am

    Nope, I don’t like monsters, but my goodness your list genuinely makes me rethink them entirely. Your <3 for them is infectious!

    • Louise
      Author
      May 23, 2020 / 4:18 am

      Ahh thank you! 🥰

  15. May 22, 2020 / 2:19 pm

    The Monstrumologist series is an all time favorite of mine and I can’t wait to see what you think of it. 🙂

    • Louise
      Author
      May 22, 2020 / 8:51 pm

      I’m definitely excited to finally read it!

  16. May 23, 2020 / 12:09 pm

    Ooh, great post! I agree with all of these, but I especially love monsters because they can indeed be so versatile! Though I do love a good friendly or misunderstood monster too 🙂

  17. May 24, 2020 / 2:48 pm

    Love this post and I also agree with the comment above about loving soft monsters, like the Beast from Beauty and the Beast or Chewbacca from Star Wars. You see them at first and think “OMG, so scary!” but then they turn out to just be big softies that you want to hug.

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