If I Google lycanthrope, it tells me this:
noun: lycanthrope; plural noun: lycanthropes
- a werewolf.
early 17th century: from modern Latin lycanthropus, from Greek lukanthrōpos ‘wolf man’ (see lycanthropy).
So wolf man turned into werewolf. These days, in urban fantasy, it means werelions, werepanthers, wererats, pretty much any type of animal that the author decides a person can turn into.
I also know there are so many werewolf stories that many, many people are tired of them. They abound in romance and in urban fantasy. They used to be a staple of
horror (I think they were still a horror trope) but I am not familiar enough with horror to know how often they occur now.
The thing this, I am not tired of them. I am more careful than I used to be, yes, but I would really to find more good werewolf stories to read.
I am not quite so welcoming of the werewolf story close cousin: the vampire story. I continue to read series I started years ago, but I don’t look for new ones and I think I am pretty close to burning out entirely on vampires.
I am not sure why I should be so much closer to burning out entirely on vampires, but there it is. Maybe the concept of a person who can turn into an animal(s) is just a lot more interesting.
How about you?