Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Strange Love

Any reader who's read some of the more recent shifter stories knows there's some strange goings-on out yonder in the woods. Cats and wolves making out with the bears and's enough to make you wonder, you know?

Of course, all the hanky-panky happens when they're both human. And that seems to work just fiiiiiiine. But you have to wonder what happens if there's offspring from the odd shifter union. What then? Take that couple up there...the zebra and the lion. Uh, what happens when the little lionette or the zebra dudette is born? How do the parents keep the kids from killing each other off? Uh-huh. That would take sibling rivalry to a whole new level.

And of course, you have to deal with the in-laws. You know, keep 'em from eating the spousal unit. Really. That would be very bad manners. Probably set off a generational feud of Hatfield-McCoy proportions.

I bet dinners at the Lion-Zebra household would be interesting, too. "Harold, I thought we agreed you wouldn't eat Aunt Marge until next year."

Makes you wonder what the kids would look like, too. Black and white stripey lions and tawny zebras with wild manes. I'm talking wild here. And there'd likely be an odd looking one with tawny and black stripes with a white mane, just because...

I suspect there's a reason why most of the mixed shifter books end before the I do's. That way the authors don't have to figure out the messy part. I guess I'm the only one that lies awake at night trying to figure it all out. Sometimes it gives me insomnia which I don't mind too much. But when I start dreaming about black and white striped lions, then there's a problem.

So if you're an author that's set on inter-shifter romance, just consider the outcome and whether or not it's gonna give me nightmares... or nightlions. Please.



  1. Hahaha, this is something I had not thought about before. :P Interesting...

  2. Kind of like the 'Zonkey' which made the news several months back...not the same, I realize (donkey/zebra), but you raise a valid point!

  3. I have to laugh! Your post reminds me of my puppy - we call him part wolf, part chimp, part hyena and part lion. Wonder how many shifters he comes from?

  4. LOL_ I had not thought of this- but it is funny. Thanks for posting. Have a great day fellow crusader!

  5. Heh! I actually have a world all worked out with the genetics that explains this, though I haven't written a book on it yet. But yeah, you have to wonder, don't you? I couldn't write a mixed-shifter romance and not address that.

  6. Ha. This is something I've thought about a little bit before, but not in so much detail. Sometimes I think authors are focusing too much on making the love "forbidden" and less about the consequences. (As in WHY the relationship isn't generally suggested.) Great post.

    <3 Gina Blechman

  7. Hi, Trisha! Thanks for stopping by! It does seem a bit strange, doesn't it?

    Molly, I've seen some of those hybrids. I believe the zelion might be interesting...

    Julia, it's just no telling what shifters he has in his background. We had a pup like that when I was a kid.

    Summer--Thanks so much for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed!

    Cindy, I'm anxiously awaiting the explanation! Looking forward to that world.

    Gina! I know! Doesn't it seem like a worthy thing to address? Have a great day!