Urban Fantasy & Preternatural Politics: Vote Vamp or Were?

 Laurell K Hamilton has vampire council and pack politics. Charlaine Harris has vampire queens and sheriffs..and pack politics. Patricia Briggs has vampire kisses..and pack politics. Jim Butcher the Wardens and White Councils and Red Councils.

There’s just nothing dirtier than vampire politics…unless it’s werewolf politics…well, unless it’s human politics.

One thing urban fantasy does really well (and maybe too often, though I’m as guilty of it as the next writer) is use the worst traits of the  American political system and apply them to the ruling bodies of our preternatural beings. In the case of vamps and weres, well, think Republican and Democrat. Natural enemies, right?

The vamps are sexually licentious beings who want to spend, spend, spend. They’re probably freakin’ foreigners as well, and their religious habits are…Well, they DO burst into flames at the sign of holy things.

Weres are accustomed to having their way, by bullying and biting if necessary, and consider themselves an exclusive club who can be loyal to their pack. And it’s all about pack. If you ain’t pack, you ain’t real.

Now, imagine a large council of vamps and weres who meet daily in a large round room, pontificating on their various issues. You think they’re going to get anything done? And you expect better of Congress?

My next question…what species does the Tea Party represent? And are you tired of politics in your urban fantasy?

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

4 thoughts on “Urban Fantasy & Preternatural Politics: Vote Vamp or Were?

  1. You crack me up!

    Next time my husband’s watching CSPAN, I’ll be waiting for Nancy Pelosi to leap teeth-first on John Boehner, while he unleashes his retractable claws.

    By the way, this already happens in Parliament during Prime Minister’s Questions.

  2. Duh. I meant John McCain. I was picturing him but had John Boehner’s name in my brain.

    I consider it a good thing that I’ve been out of the country so long these people are just names to me.

  3. Love the visual between Pelosi and McCain.

    Great post, Suzanne.

    For me, part of the drama in UF is the politics. I like it but sometimes it goes a little over the top. Maybe rein that in a little.