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Boys in our Books Friday Question of the Week!
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Very discriminatingly, YES! I fell down the Sterek rabbit hole, so I have to give a nod to the werewolf lovers out there. And once in a while I will stumble across a shifter story I like – such as SP Wayne’s, Winter Wolf. Though overall I don’t often seek out books from the shifter genre that aren’t TW fan fiction.
I am sure I will be the odd ball and alone with this one, but for me, it’s a big fat OMG NO EFFING WAY NOOOO!!!! I can’t do it. To me if you can do things in human form that you can in your animal form… you are still an animal and I can’t get passed the fact of a human having sex with an animal. The whole knotting thing I see people fall in love with makes me gag. I hear that and see dogs stuck together while mating because of it… eww.
To a point, I can get werewolves because they have been around forever like vampires, but house sized cats and domestic dogs? No, that is crossing a line for me. A full on hard limit and just do not go there ever, line.
Yay, although I don’t read everything that comes out (and unlike Rachel and what feels like half my GoodReads friends, I haven’t fallen into the bottomless Teen Wolf vortex.) Depending on the author and the characters, I can really enjoy a shifter story.
Yay — even if the shifter subgenre is filled with cliches (especially the mine/mate trope) but I have a weak case when it comes to shifters. I tend to enjoy MF shifters better though (Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Nalini Singh, Jennifer Ashley, to name a few) but there are some good MM shifters too (hello Andrea Speed’s Infected series…). PS: I don’t read a lot of Sterek and if I do, I prefer the non shifter ones LOL
I’m not one to reject shifter stories on principle. I tend to enjoy it most in fantasy where it’s used as part of the world building. The best example I can think of is Ginn Hale’s Champion of the Scarlet Wolf.
I’m not crazy about the usual growling-mine-mating-heat tropes, but on occasions, yeah. There is potential for good stories in every subgenre, after all. I’m with Ami about The Infected series : it is one of my favorites and it is a shifter series. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the best take on shifters I have read. Roan forever! Ahem…I’ll stop now.
I’m a shifter gal, yup! BUT: I’m picky and mostly stick with authors I know and love and trust with the trope, including Kim Fielding (Bones series, holla), Harper Fox (Wolf Hall), Cardeno C. (Wake Me Up Inside, YUM), and most recently Eli Easton (How to Howl at the Moon, which was PRESH). I’m new to Andrea Speed, but I also enjoyed the first book in the Infected series. So yeah, give me a shifter story by one of those ladies and we’re alllll good! :)
Yes please! Tigers, lions, and were’s oh my ;)
I like m/f and m/m. I’ve read good, great and poorly done shifters. Speed’s shifting is by far the best I’ve ever read. I want the ‘shift’ to happen. One of the things I find most frustrating in shifter stories is when *boom*…they shift. I find that cheating. I want to know how they change. I want the feelz!
I think I’m drawn to shifter books because I love a good alpha ‘mine’ romance/mating.
I don’t do beastiality though.
When they get it on, they’ve gotta be either both human or both animals.
My first reaction is “I hate shifter books”! (yes, extreme, I realize!) But then it hit me that I acutally LOVE the mine/mated storylines! I love that aggression and we’re-made-for-each-other! It’s romantic to me! ha!
Now, maybe I haven’t really read the right shifter books (admittedly though, the few I have read, I look back at and realize I kinda enjoyed them). So in a nutshell…I confuse even myself. Nay in theory. But I guess yay in practice? (BTW…it never occured to me that Sterek fanfic was shifters…duh…Teen WOLF…erm…*I’m thick sometimes*)