Hi everyone –
Since Moonlight came out in July, I’ve learned a lot about the shifter genre that I hadn’t really considered before. There is a major trope in shifter books especially werewolves, that makes debates break out… Fated mates! dun-dun-dun!
It has been interesting hearing from readers on both sides of the fence. Many readers pick up a shifter book (myself included) because the trope of a fated mate pulls us in. For me as a writer, it’s very fun pair up a wolf with the most incompatible “mate” and watch the sparks fly. As a reader, I also enjoy the rollercoaster of seeing this character grapple with getting to know the person so love can bloom and win over pure instinct.
It’s almost like the arranged marriage trope in a historical romance.
But shifter books can take it a step further… If the “mate” isn’t a wolf it adds an extra wrinkle into the mix because the other person can walk away, the wolf doesn’t have the freedom of that choice because his instincts are set. That helps to layer in even more tension. Love! *ahem*
Anyway, I know there are also readers out there who avoid shifter books because they don’t enjoy the fated mate trope. Some call it “insta-love” but I don’t see it that way. There is instant “knowing” and instant “connect” and possibly “yearning”, but most of the books I’ve read, no one is throwing the “love” word around in the first 3 chapters. Just finding your mate isn’t enough. You have to get to know and understand them. Love blooms out of the relationship.
So while fate may throw them together, love saves them both.
Or at least that’s always my goal with my shifter books…
What are you thoughts out there? How do you feel about fated mates? What twists do you enjoy in the shifter genre? Do you love the Pack feel and the focus on family? I’d love to hear… 🙂