Hey all! Going through this weeks lessons I am reminded of how different my view is than the archetype. It started with the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton, traveled through the first couple of seasons of the show Lucifer, and is currently consumed by the Magical Romance Comedy (with a body count) by R.J. Blaine. Anita Blake is an animator (she raises the dead) and has a degree in preternatural biology. In her world vampires and lycanthropes are recognized as legal citizens and, depending where they are, have the same rights as "humans". The show Lucifer is about the Morningstar taking a vacation from his job as it is one that he never wanted. The R.J. Blaine series is based upon a world that has emergences. Think of it like a cup. The cup fills to overflowing, empties itself, then begins to fill to overflowing. Every time the cup overflows, a great deal of magic is released into the world creating things like vampires, dragons, pixies, lycanthropes, and unicorns. The author is hilarious and looks at the creation myth in a whole new light. Lucifer and God exist but are not bitter enemies (how can they be when He is Lucifer's father), and we are shown that Lucifer is still an angel who plays up the whole Lord of Lies thing but is not as evil as he is portrayed. I find that monster is a word that is really misused as something may look "monstrous" but be misunderstood (think Ludo in the movie Labyrinth). I struggle to name anything monstrous as behavior or looks, I use the word monstrous to try and describe sheer overwhelming size. What are your monsters? Are they actually monsters?