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?