Where do sexy, alpha male werewolf narratives come from?
February 10, 2014 12:17 PM Subscribe
Is there an origin book/story/movie for the sexy werewolf alpha male narrative/cliché? Or when did that become the overwhelming narrative about werewolves? (Or wereanything really.)
posted by lesbiassparrow to Society & Culture (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I seriously can't believe I'm asking this and that it came about from watching Bitten, which is a truly terrible tv show (and I say that as someone who loves terrible tv). But I was wondering where the trope of werewolves as totally sexy, man-beasts, who put the A in alpha, mate for life, and all the rest of it came from. And when did that come to the fore in the popular perception of werewolves? It seems recentish to me, by which I mean its a late 20th century spin on the narrative, but maybe I'm missing something.
(BTW, I'm not looking for recommendations of sexy werewolf books to read as I don't actually find them sexy and don't like alpha males in fiction; I don't want to read these books, just to find the source of the modern trope, if there is one.)