What’s More Awesome? Vampires vs. Werewolves.
The Bloody History: One of the first charismatic and sophisticated Vampire novels of modern fiction was written in 1819 with the publication of The Vampyre by John Polidori. Bisclavret by poet Marie de France One of the earlier popular Werewolf tales came out in the 17th Century. The first Vampire legend dates back to… Well the legend has been around for a while as has the first Werewolf legends. Most of the legends referred to not the modern Vampire or Werewolf, but demons or spirits that drank blood and had the ability to shape shift. Regardless of where the legends came from the point is these species have been dueling it out for our blood for a long time. Let’s find out which is more Awesome!
Vampire’s Strengths: What can a modern Vampire do? Most Vampires have enhanced strength, enhanced speed, the ability to control minds through compulsion, a healing factor, enhanced hearing, immortality, and–if you’re into the Twilight version–gain special powers when they are turned. Most of the time Vampires gain strength as they get older. But again, if you’re into Twilight, Vampires lose strength as they get older. The youngest are the strongest because they still have human blood flowing through their veins. Forgetting modern Vampires for the moment, let’s not forget that some of the older versions of Vampires could turn into bats. That’s pretty cool.
Werewolves’ Strengths: A Werewolf has superhuman strength, razor sharp claws and fangs, enhanced speed, a healing factor, enhanced hearing, and a bite that is fatal to Vampires. And the Twilight versions are the size of elephants. The coolest kinds walk on two legs. In some cases a Werewolf’s human form is just like any other human. In other cases the human form will have enhanced strength, speed, and hearing. Nothing compared to a Vampire or their full wolf form but a definite advantage over humans.
Vampire’s Weaknesses: Most prominently a wooden stake. Also: silver, the sun, holy water, garlic, vervain, fire, and decapitation. A strong urge to feed on blood can be a weakness when trying to fit in with humans or when a human has ingested something deadly to the vampire. A lack of feeding on human blood can also cause weakness.
Werewolves’ Weaknesses: Most prominently silver. Silver as a weapon takes many forms: bullets, knives, and sticks with silver handles. (Why would someone make a stick with a silver handle? No idea.) Wolfsbane (or Monkshood) is also deadly to a Werewolf. Depending on the case, werewolves are often slaves to the moon’s cycles. And in most cases the lack of a full moon causes a Werewolf to revert back to human form. When compared to Vampires, a Werewolf’s life span is very short, but often longer than your average human. Another major weakness is the Werewolf’s human form does not have control over its beast side. In some severe cases the human can’t remember what it did as a Werewolf. Unless of course your into Twili… Never mind.
Vampires and Humans: A Vampire sees a human as a source of nourishment and in nearly all cases a form of amusement. They thoroughly enjoy taunting mortals, playing mind games, and stringing them along on often foolhardy notions of love only to abandon them later.
Werewolves and Humans: Werewolves in their human forms value the lives of humans as they most often still see themselves as humans. Most werewolves have family and friends who are normal and whom they wish to protect. Humans are part of their “pack” whether the Werewolf realizes it or not. When the human becomes a Werewolf he or she loses all control. They only know their desire to hunt. If a Werewolf is part of a pack this desire becomes even stronger. One of the greatest pains of the Werewolf curse is that werewolves often kill those close to them. They must live with the deaths of their friends and families. This is so painful they often become loners, seeking solitude to keep from ever harming a human again.
Bark vs. Bite: I say Vampires are more awesome. Even though Werewolves can shape shift and are most commonly stronger than Vampires when in their wolf form they just don’t have as much fun. They end up being pawns in other peoples’ games too often. When most of the time they just want to be left alone. Kinda like Hulk. (Getting off subject, did you know Hulk fights Dracula? Yep Hulk vs. Dracula is pretty awesome.) Vampires are more awesome because they don’t always leave a path of destruction behind them. Sure they lose control and go on blood binges but most of the time they are trying to control that and mess up other people’s lives. 🙂
What’s your favorite creature of the night? Vampire or Werewolf? What would you rather be? Who do you think would win in a one on one confrontation? Would you like me to post a fictional fight between Vampires and Werewolves next week? Because that is what I’m going to do as part of an experiment to see what you all like to see from my blog.
Video: So if you’re only a fan of Twilight for watching the movies with friends and making fun of it throughout the movie I’m sure you’ll enjoy this video. And if you’re a fan of Twilight because you like Twilight, well I’m sure you’ll still find this hilarious.
Vampires vs. Werewolves: What’s More Awesome?
P.S. Special thanks to Deviant Artists FuriarossaAndMimma, and sharandula for letting me use their art in this post. Without great visuals, text gets dry. 🙂 And special thanks to two fellow bloggers markmc2012 over at Lasers, Monsters and Barbarians, Oh My! and to Len over at The Kraken’s Wake. Mainly just because they’re awesome.
P.P.S. Just a note to all young viewers. Deviant Art is a cool website for art but make sure you have your parent’s permission before checking it out. It often contains risqué artwork that should be avoided. Best bet, just enjoy the images here. 😉
P.P.P.S. Book News! My book, Of Pirates and Werewolves, will be coming out within the next few months! Subscribe to keep updated. I recently got the first round of edits back from my editor and am going through them now. We have a cover artist too. Things are about to get More AWESOME! Thanks for your interest. If you want to hear more just leave me a comment. 🙂