So I’m working on a supernatural creature and I’ve been doing some research online. Though what I found leads me in circles. I know that most of what I am reading has derived from folk lore or some kind of legend. But do you need to use it verbatim? Or is it possible to alter the legend?
For instance Stephanie Meyer made her vampires sparkle. Her vampires were also able to come out at night, and they never slept. A far cry from the original legend. In addition to her version of vampires they didn’t have fangs. They were equipped with venom, which if the victim’s heart didn’t stop beating then they too became a vampire.
Another author’s vampires were once angels that fell and as punishment they transformed into vampires. I am not really sure on the author but I also think that another version is vampires came from out of space…interesting.
Even zombies were altered! In iZombie they are functioning beings, with no taste buds. The only way they taste stuff is if it is blazing hot. Oh and they stay normal as long as they eat brains.
So what other variations are there? Can you make something that used to belong to one group belong to another? For instance an Incubus. Legend has it that these creatures are sex demons that feed off the soul of their partners. They are believed to be fallen angles or “skin walking” demons. I even read somewhere that they were a different kind of offspring of a fallen angel. So does this deviate from the Nephilim theory?
My guess is that you can take the background of any creature and make it your own. As long as you back it up with any kind of evidence or unquestionable reason. Right?
I am interested in knowing what creatures you created and what your take is on deviating from the stereotypical supernatural creature. Right now any insight or advice would do me a world of good. And who knows you might help someone else out!