Dear Fans ~
While wandering around a yacht yard up in Blaine, Washington, with a werewolf-friend, named Perihelion, I got into a discussion: "the differences between man-wolves and vampires." After we parted, I started thinking of even MORE differences that I had failed to mention to my friend (Peri for short). Since he reads my blog, and you (dear fan) wanna know such details anyway, I'm posting those new thoughts here.
NOTE: Many more examples (of how werewolves and vampires are different) are provided in a book about me, Ravena Doomlah, called: Ravena & The Resurrected, by Tami Jackson.
DIFFERENCE NUMBER ONE: DEATH AND NOT DYING
Vampires died. Werewolves did not!
Werewolves evolve from humanity in one of four ways: 1. They become shapeshifters by a sorcerer's curse; 2. They are born into their power (by were-parents); 3. They became affected by a bite (but did not die); 4. They inherited the werewolf gene through some distant/spiritual ancestry.
In contrast: to become a vampire, one must first die. (Thankfully, it's an erotic and pleasurable sort of death. That is, except for the very first time you've gotta do the 'drinking blood' thing! Blood is sorta like coffee. It doesn't taste too good at first sip (sort of metalic or copper tasting) but after a few drops you're totally addicted.
DIFFERENCE NUMBER TWO: SEX APPEAL
I like the way this website describes vampires as romantically seductive and erotically sensual and werewolves as mere canines. (Sorry Perihelion -- your species is only attractive in a beastly sort of "bad boy" way.)
DIFFERENCE NUMBER THREE: SKIN TEMPERATURE
In the Twilight series, vampires are cool to the touch while werewolves feel hot. I think, in general, that's probably true for both species regardless of who is writing the book. Meanwhile, just like everything else, there are always individuals within either group who prove that stereotype wrong.
DIFFERENCE NUMBER FOUR: CHANGING FORM
Wiki Answers erroneously says one species (werwolves) can change form -- while vampires cannot. That answer is utterly naive. Not only can Count Vlad Dracula shape-shift, but he turns into either a bat or a wolf, at will! When vampires shapeshift they don't need to hang around waiting for the full moon to feel their power either! (Okay, so some werewolves don't have to wait for the full moon either -- but those suffering the curse definitely do!)
DIFFERENCE NUMBER FIVE: HOW WE CHOOSE OUR VICTIMS
This very fun site, HORRORPHILE, insinuates that vampires choose their victim(s) in a very calculated manner (while werewolves tend to be much more reactionary and impulsive). Sorry Perihelion. I tend to agree with that assessment! When it comes to selecting prey, vampires are much more choosy.
DIFFERENCE NUMBER SIX: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE
My favorite find yet! VAMPIRES.COM. This website, gives a great deal of authentic history on werewolf and vampire beliefs and true ancestry! Interestingly -- it mentions the old silly belief that werewolves turn into vampires once they die. NOT TRUE. That's like saying cats reincarnate as dogs. Werewolves make like people when they die (they are part human, after all). They either move on toward the light or linger around here as a ghost, if they prefer. In contrast, when vampires are annihilated -- depending on the method of death -- the may just reincarnate to be more powerful and have extra capabilities!
DIFFERENC NUMBER SEVEN: TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE (AFTER DARK)
This site, The Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency, claims that vampires have better vision (e.g. at night) than werewolves but werewolves can hear better. I definitely agree. Meanwhile -- since werwolves age, you're more likely to see one of them with a hearing aide later in life. Vampires? Our bodies never atrophy. (Sorry Perihelion. Vampires beat wherewolves in this comparison as well!)