Saturday, June 13, 2009
Why a Silver Bullet?
Every once in a while the Sci-Fi channel will run an old series that I didn't catch the first time around and I'll finally get to see it. I was watching an old vampire series last night and hubby started shaking his head and asking me why, with all the paranormal romance books out there didn't this chick know the guy she's friends with is a vampire.Well, maybe she doesn't read them. That was plausible, for me. He just shook his head again. He mentioned a couple of other plot holes and I finally had to tell him, "Honey, you aren't the demographic they're after."
Do I think men are smarter than women? Of course not. What I think, is that anyone who reads a paranormal novel, above all needs the imagination to cope with a world outside the norm. As long as you give us some very good reasons. I'll admit, I've read some books out there with some pretty slim explanations for the world that's been created.
If I like the characters enough, sometimes I'm able to overlook it but they have to be compelling and the plot has to move fast enough so I don't notice a plot device explained as, that's just the way it is. Of course, it could be a mystery that's solved down the line, in say three or four more books. Grab my attention and you just might hold it.
I've always wondered why Lon Chaney, aka the Wolfman, could be killed with a silver bullet. Even as a kid watching the late show, the question bugged me. Did some Hollywood writer influence generations of movie-goers and readers just because he needed something that would kill the beast and make everyone safe? Does anyone remember that being explained?