Please welcome guest author, Caridad Pineiro!
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster.
When I ask myself why I like writing about creatures of the night and other otherworldly beings that some would consider monsters, it always comes back to the same thing for me: That it’s interesting seeing how the humans deal with them.
Will the villagers react in anger and chase after the beast with pitchforks or burn down the old mill with the monster within?
Will compassion slip into the mix and allow the humans to see past the pointy teeth and hair to the heart beating beneath the surface?
Or as Nietzsche so clearly saw, will the humans become scarier than the monsters themselves?
I love juxtaposing those variables in the stories I write and oftentimes, it’s the humans that either start off scarier than the monsters or end up being way more frightening.
I think that’s why we love stories revolving around monsters – because they make us face our fears and force us to understand more about ourselves. When faced with something that has our hearts pounding and palms sweating, will we be like that mindless mob and react without thinking or will we embrace all that is good within us? Will we even go a step further and come to love the beast with the heart of gold beneath the furry face and monstrous paws? (And yes, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is one of my fave monster movies).
Why do you love monsters? Take a moment to share your thoughts on why they appeal to us so strongly!
Thank you for having me with you today, Katie! I appreciate it.
And thank you Caridad for blogging with me today! Caridad is an incredibly talented and giving author so thank you for stopping by! And in case you don’t know, her book The Lost just released and it looks fantastic! I’d like to offer a digital copy to one commenter for their Nook or Kindle. Please leave your email address with your comment so I have a place to send your gift. And please note you will need either a Barnes & Noble or Amazon account for me to send your gift! Contest open until October 31, 2011 9 AM central time.