If you told me that I could only read or write about one supernatural creature for the rest of my life, I would choose the fae. This isn’t me trying to trash talk werewolves or demons or anything. It’s just that the fae can fill their role just as well. They’re like the jack of all trades of urban fantasy.
Let’s take vampires. They’re alluring, dangerous creatures who drain their victims of blood. Kind of like the Leanan-Sidhe, a beautiful but deadly fae who inspires poets and artists but drains their life in the process.
Or do you like werewolves and shifters? Let me introduce the púca, a fairy who can transform into a horse, cat, hare, and other animals.
Fae can easily take the place of ghosts too. In fact, one early belief about fairies is that they’re spirits of the dead. The classic signs of a haunted house—objects being broken, inhabitants having bad dreams—are the same antics mischievous fae get up to.
Does your story need a villain? The fae are notorious for stealing babies, cursing people who cross them, and just generally causing misfortune to unsuspecting mortals. Or maybe you’re looking for a sidekick, in which case there’s always the fairy companion. Love interest? Wise old mentor? A fae can play the part.
And you don’t have to look far to find books with fae heroes, be they princesses, private detectives, or warriors.
You won’t have to read the same type of story over and over, because the fae can fit a wide variety of tones. We’ve all seen cute little fairies fluttering around flowers, but I prefer fae a little on the creepy side: unearthly creatures lurking in dark forests; ruthless fairy queens who trap unsuspecting mortals in Otherworld; a seemingly-normal stranger whose true nature isn’t revealed until it’s too late.
There are so many kinds of fae and countless different stories to tell with them–and I’ve just touched on Western European folklore, not the variety of fae creatures worldwide.
If I had to choose just one supernatural creature, they’re my pick. But they’re not the only right answer to that question. So let me know in the comments: if you could only read about one supernatural creature for the rest of your life, which one would you choose and why?