Monday, April 03, 2006


I was watching
Big Love last night on HBO (which should be a topic to discuss on its own polygamist merits) and noticed a scene which I have seen at least five or more times in the last couple of weeks- a vicious wolf attacking a child. It is entirely ignorant to continue with this portrayal, not to mention trite and lazy writing for what is usually a pretty interesting show.

There has never been a documented case of wolves attacking human beings in the continental U.S. There are only a couple of cases known where wolves scavenged on humans (one of which was during a drought that coincided with the Mexican-American war and a corpse-strewn battlefield).

Never the less, we have multitudes of nursery rhymes to reinforce the fear, not to mention at least one scene on every "great american pioneer" movie ever made (except for Dances with Wolves). Bears and Mountain Lions are far more dangerous, but there is something about the expression of a growling wolf which makes more of an impact for the directors.

Why not go ahead and put a Sasquatch in place of the wolf for your next scene? Such an attack would be absolutely as credible as the ones I keep seeing with wolves.


At 1:26 PM, Blogger Writer Mom said...

I wouldn't put it past the show to use a Sasquatch. :) I watch it, too, and the wolf part seemed like a lazy metaphor, I agree. The wolf being Roman, I guess.
They could have used a mountain lion, just like you suggest.
Perhaps the bad name for wolves came over with Russian immigrants years ago. Willa Cather's 'My Antonia' has some pretty scary immigrant flashbacks. What's the history of wolf attacks in Europe?

At 9:21 AM, Blogger christopher rowell said...

Good question....perhaps the Europeans/Russians were tastier...

I've never read "My Antonia", but would like to check it out...

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