Tropes, Stereotypes, and Clichés
Why are there no werewolf story's out there?
I like werewolves. I like the wildness in them. When I do come across a novel where the hero/heroine is a werewolf, I always enjoy the read, so long as the writing and story are interesting. My main hero in Destiny's Bond has wolf blood in him--though not a werewolf's.
So, yeah. I don't understand why there aren't more werewolf stories out there. Maybe it's simply a matter of the Vampire Boon.
The truth about werewolves.
This site is run by a 90 or 91 yr old man who calls himself Dr. Hugo Pecos. He has developed a cult following by taking vampires, werewolves and zombies and totally transforming them, stripping them of the mythology and reinventing them. If you've got spare time, it's worth the read. If nothing else, his completely fabricated biography will leave you wondering why he hasn't turned it into a book.
There are a lot of books out there about hybrid werewolves these days. By hybrid, I mean, Werewitches, Weretigers, Werebears, Dire Wolves, etc. I don't normally come across a normal Werewolf. Even Jacob from Twilight can't be considered a Hollywood bred Werewolf because he shape shifts at will making him more of a Dire Wolf.
I think many writers may feel stuck with the Hollywood bred Werewolf simply because they don't know what to do with it. The types like Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Oz are kind of hard to make into a hero because someone has to shoot him with a tranquilizer dart, and usually that was Willow, the witch. Heroes in most writer's novels tend to run a little less vulnerable these days. I think some of that is because the readers want it and some of it is because it's just too hard to make a believable character out of a Were.
It's actually sad, too. The real legends and myths of Werewolves are completely different than the Hollywood version, and frankly-- at least to me-- seem more interesting and complex. Keme, the first Werewolf, was actually made and not bitten. I find him fascinating and have been diligently researching him as a character for my series. It's VERY rare that you see stories about Keme, and of course, some of my series, just like every other creative writer, will not be completely accurate to the legend. We all do it to fit the timeline/story we see in our heads and mine will be slightly off the timeline of Keme's "birth", but it's as true to legend as I can get it! If you'd like to know a little about Keme you can read up on him at these sites: http://www.gods-and-monsters.com/history-of-the-werewolf.html, http://kentuckywerewolves.weebly.com/original-write-up.html
Weird... I wrote a werewolf-based novel for my 2014 NaNoWriMo and the whole time I felt like I was just following the trend - like werewolves were everywhere! Though I admit I was pretty immersed in it, researching werewolves for a few months and watching/reading everything werewolf related I could...
(I did change the mythology a bit for my story; it's an urban fantasy, so my wolves have discovered that "the curse" is really a virus that mutates it's host yada yada yada - though now that I've checked out the fzva site, I see that it wasn't an original idea that I had. Ah well! It was still really fun to dream up the sub-culture that would have formed after sooooo many years since the first werewolf...)
Anyhow, if you're looking for a werewolf series that's actually pretty good and empathizes with the wolves (it's YA and kind of twilight-y but... better), check out Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare also depicted werewolves pretty well - angst-y, fighting their inner demons but good people most of the time (though if I had to choose between the two, I'd pick Shiver. It's shorter and the writing is slightly "better").