This is a question I’ve been pondering lately as I work through plot issues in future writing projects. I’ve always been a secretive girl, I guess. The humans in Penton didn’t know shifters and vampires were living among them, nor do the people of New Orleans know about–well, EVERYTHING. Especially the historical undead which, I think, would freak them out in a serious way.
And yet…it’s intriguing, isn’t it, to think how the humans might respond? (And let’s not even think about it happening in today’s polarized political climate!)
In established series, it varies. There had been a fairly uneventful transition in the Sookie Stackhouse series, although there were religious groups rising up against the evil vampires, and that played a big role in the way the series played out. In Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series, as I recall, the “others” were out and being dealt with inefficiently (no, really?) by the U.S. government.
In Mercy Thompson’s world, the fae had taken the bullet and come out first, and then were moved onto reservations that they proceeded to manipulate in a major way; the werewolves have recently come out. In Kate Daniels, the world is in a post-apocalyptic form with alternating waves of magic and technology that make an interesting backdrop–the poor humans are just trying to survive. At least I think there are humans. LOL.
So, what do you prefer?