10 Monsters You Should Romanticize Instead of Vampires

10 Monsters You Should Romanticize Instead of Vampires

And no, werewolves are not on this list.

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Don't get me wrong. Vampires are great monsters. But after years of Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, and Stephanie Meyer at the forefront of our attention, we give them more credit than they're due. For everyone who loves monstrous romance, but is a bit tired of fangs and pale skin, look no further. I've got the perfect monster for you.

1. Chupacabras 

Chupacabra feeding on a goat

The chupacabra is a great monster to get you out of your vampire comfort zone. It's the size of a small bear, so not too intimidating, and--get this--it also sucks blood! If you want someone "who knows how to suck blood but isn't, like, basic about it," the chupacabra is the monster for you.

2. Manticores

The manticore is a Persian monster similar to a sphinx. It's got plenty of firepower (it can shoot venomous spines), the body of a lion, and the head of a human. If you want a strong monster, but can't do without a little humanity, the manticore is right for you.

3. Banshees

Banshees are Irish female spirits well-known for their shrieking, which signals an approaching death. So basically, a ginger emo queen. Do I even have to point out the appeal?

4. Poltergeists

The poltergeist is the perfect monster for all my introverts out there. Poltergeists are spirits that cause physical disturbances. That means you don't have the pressure of having to talk to them all the time, but when you feel lonely, a poltergeist will always let you know they're there. A slammed door, a broken window, the stove turned on--poltergeists find ways to show they care.

5. Mummies

Mummies are pretty mainstream, but they're deserving of the attention. Mummies are simply the perfect monster for long-term relationships.

6. Golems

Golems are clay creatures from Jewish folklore that have been brought to life. Like Frankenstein, but a longer, cooler, history. If you prefer to be the leader in a relationship, here's a tip: bring the golem to life yourself, and it will be bound to you in service!

7. The Kraken

The Kraken is a cephalopod-like sea creature usually spotted off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. Presumably, there's only one, so only woo the Kraken if you like taking on a challenge. After all, you'd have to be pretty great to win over the one and only terror of the sea.

8. Sirens 

Sirens are part-bird, part-woman creatures that love to sit on rocks and lure sailors to their deaths with their beautiful singing. Got a soft spot for musicians? Sirens may be perfect for you--unless you're a sailor, that is, in which case you might want to plug your ears with some wax.

9. Changelings 

Changelings are very similar to humans in appearance, as they are fae that were switched for humans at birth. One of the best parts of being in a relationship with a changeling is the talking stage, where you have to figure out whether they're a changeling or just an arts student. Hint: Carry an iron trinket with you. Trust me.

10. The Minotaur 

Here's a tragic backstory for you: The King Minos dishonored the god Poseidon by not sacrificing a bull, and Poseidon cursed Minos' wife, Pasiphaë, to fall in love with the bull. Thus, the Minotaur. Minos didn't take too kindly to the lad and had him trapped inside a maze. So if you've ever watched a weepy rom-com with a broken male lead and thought, "That's attractive," the Minotaur might just be for you.

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Zion Has His Destination! What's Next?

The Pelicans won Zion Williamson!

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Congratulations to the New Orleans Pelicans, who won the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft! The Pelicans had only a 6% of receiving the number one pick, and boy, if you are going to beat the odds, this was the year to do it!

The number one pick will, without a doubt, be Zion Williamson. This probably wasn't the destination that most of the basketball world was hoping for him to end up at – the teams with the highest odds to land the pick were the Knicks, Cavs, and Suns, so their hopes were up pretty high.

However, no such luck for suffering franchises, who ended up with the 3rd, 5th, and 6th picks. Unfortunately for the Cavs and Suns, the draft class considerably drops off after the top three picks of Zion, Ja Morant, and RJ Barrett, so the Knicks should still be able to get a very quality player with the third pick.

But now to the Pelicans, who are in a bit of pickle on where to go next. The Pelicans have Anthony Davis right now, who is an incredible player and has done great things for the team, but this past January, he has insisted on a trade. As far as rumors go, the Pelicans win with getting Zion still hasn't been enough for Davis to reconsider staying in New Orleans. This I am not surprised by, considering Davis and Williamson play the same position, and the Pelicans still aren't known as a reputable franchise.

There was speculation that if the Knicks received the number one pick, they would trade Zion to the Pelicans for AD, but now the Pelicans have lucked out with getting Zion without the help of another team. This puts the Pelicans in a much better position than they originally were, and so, they should be able to lure more talent out to New Orleans. Lucky for them, even if AD still leaves, they will be left with a superstar. So either way, the future is looking very bright for the New Orleans Pelicans.

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It's Important That We All Are Able To Step Back, Take A Breath, And Enjoy The Little Things

Really think of the good in your life, don't just hit the surface level of it all.

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The little things in life no matter where you're at adds up. They can sometimes be few and far in between or just as frequent as us being on our phones almost every day. They are what make us give more thought about life, they are being with friends on a nice summer day, an epiphany, a night stroll, listening to music, going out with friends. These finer points in life are what makes it that much more special.

Taking a breather when things get crazier is easier said than done, but it's something that we sometimes need to do and could help us being able to manage life in the long run. Life is not a cake walk for anyone, and I'm not saying that it'll get easier but just because it doesn't get easier isn't going to stop us from living our best life. Sometimes taking a break is what we need sometimes, and that can come in many forms whether that's taking a chunk out of your day to read outside, go on long walks, hang out with friends, etc. Anything that can positively impact you in a way that helps you be able to have breathing room for yourself.

Once you took a breather, go and think on all of the good that's in your life. I mean really think, not just hit the surface level of it all. Think on the many times you've been hanging out with the exact same group of friends for so long and how they've been there for you and you for them, think on the walks that helped you cleared your head or that you have fun doing just cause, think on the little things such as you doing your hobby, favorite food, etc. Just think of all the things you have that mean so much to you, and how they've changed your life for the better.

We get so stuck trudging through life wishing, hoping for something better, wishing we could have a significant other we could hold on to, taking back a really crappy thing we said, feeling as if we're not going anywhere in life, that sometimes we forget to breathe, take a step back and see clearly the place we're at in our lives. Seeing that we have clothes on our back, food in our bellies, friends, and families we could lean on, and a life that deserves to be lived to its fullest.

Those finer points in life teach us is that the good, wholesome people in our lives or starting to show up in our lives help us get through the days and push us to be better people and that the little things we do that make our lives even a little bit better are what makes life worth living and why we should always appreciate those in our life because we only have one life to live.

Sometimes people don't have those points to look on, and it pains me that not everyone would be able to have that but to those that don't have those points to look on just know there are groups of people that are loving, kind, and good. That if you push on just a little bit longer you'll be able to meet those people and live a life you always wanted whether that's with a small group of friends or a big group.

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