Saturday, July 30, 2011

Monsters

The Harry Potter blog a couple weeks ago got me to thinking (a scary thing). I heard once that Rawlins planned to writer a monster book after the end of Harry. It made sense to me since we all enjoy a good scare now and then. Mystery novels are popular books and horror movies frequently top the box office charts.

What is a monster? It is supposed to be any fictional creature, normally found in legends or horror films. They are somewhat hideous and their appearance scares people.

Most monster are human sized. People tend to think of Frankenstein's monster first. With the popularity of vampires, they're right up at the front of the line, too. Demons, mummies, ogres, the Golem and werewolves are human-size as well. But there are animals considered monsters, too. King Kong, dinasours, dragons, giant sea creatures, and Godzilla.

And what about those cheapy Saturday sci-fi movies? They're loaded with cheesy monsters--aliens, mutated human beings and legendary creatures.

Some researchers claim that frightening monsters are linked to human beings because they create a sense of fear because they too closely resemble us. I think it would be intereting to turn a monster into a hero in a romance book. Is that a challenge? You bet it is.

I'm sure I missed some important monsters. Which ones are your favorites?

2 comments:

  1. Hi, Darcy. When I was a kid, I was terrified by a B-movie with a giant spider that had been enlarged by a nuclear leak. Even though I could see the web was made from ropes, and my brother ensured me the spider was mechanical, watching the movie caused nightmares for years.

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  2. My most scary movie as a kid was the Creature from the Black Lagoon. I ate all the little pearls off my hat, peeking through my fingers.

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