Bites

Published September 18, 2009.

The good news is: He’s tall, dark, and handsome.

The bad news is: He’s short-tempered, a bit hairy, and has a tendency to howl at the full moon.

. . . Which makes bringing him home to meet mom and dad a bit difficult. How do you expect him to meet the family when he’s shedding on the furniture and sharpening his nails? Will he have more in common with the family dog than you? Will he leave you for a hairy hottie? No worries-in this guide, you will learn everything you need to know about these wild boys, including:

  • How to spot a werewolf
  • What to do when he changes shape
  • How to avoid his animalistic mood swings
  • How to destroy the savage beast (before he destroys you!)
  • The best-and worst-werewolf books and filmsWith this book, all ladies in love with lycanthropes learn how to tame their creatures of the night!
If you find yourself crushing on these beastly bad boys, The Girl’s Guide to Werewolves will teach you how to train and tame your creature of the night! (book back blurb)
See, that blurb is a bit misleading but ultimately in a good way: it’s not as cutesy as it’s made out to be. Thanks to the likes of certain glittering vampire movies, Karg’s book is trying to cater to a particular female pubescent clientele that may or may not have an affinity for a particular shirtless “werewolf,” of which she mentions constantly throughout the book. But THE GIRL’S GUIDE is actually a really good cliff notes source for all things werewolf, without pictures. Chagrin, Team Jacob. Chagrin.
From their very beginnings in legends and lore to their current cinematic manifestations, Karg covers them all in quick succession. If you’re a writer looking for an easy way out but not willing to go all SMeyer-lazy, THE GIRL’S GUIDE is a great tool to use for those quick and easy look-ups. From how the varieties transform, to what they look like, to how they’re killed and the celluloid offspring they spawned, you can find it here. Are there more comprehensive guides out there? Of course. But I’m sure none have the spunk of THE GIRL’S GUIDE.
So don’t be fooled by the title, the cover or the book blurb. THE GIRL’S GUIDE is a good book to have when you’re just getting into the werewolf lore. Don’t be turned off at the notion that it actually plays into the same scheme as the likes of THE VAMPIRE IS JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU does. It doesn’t. Like I said, the kitch is a ploy to bring in the Twihards. There’s genuine information between these covers that you don’t want to miss, especially if werewolves are your thing.
It just kind of saddens me that publishers think they need to strum the heartstrings of Twihards everywhere in order to get this to sell. Marketing it for the information bloom it is should have been enough, in my opinion. Sure it’s snazzy and quirky and plays pretend really well. But it would be a shame for THE GIRL’S GUIDE to get thrown aside by the same market that actually wants to know how to bag a werewolf. Because girlies, this one doesn’t actually do that.
So when you pick up THE GIRL’S GUIDE, just remember you’ll get a fill of werewolf information when you read and you’ll be fine. Then, if this has piqued your interest enough, move on to the meatier stuff. Just remember where you started.


Ban Factor: High – The supernatural always does it in. And since this one is talking about getting with a werewolf, they’d be salivating to kill it.

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