This show was one that I didn't expect anything from which is probably one of the reasons I ended up enjoying it so much but I feel the need to warn you that this show didn't start off great although I still felt it was enjoyable it took a few episode for me to really get into. The show can be pretty cheesy at times although nowhere near as bad as the movie and in the first couple episodes they put too much attention on lacrosse but soon they realized no one cares about lacrosse and show started to get good by that point. I actually rewatched the first season recently and I enjoyed it but I just feel the need to warn you it might take you awhile to get into the show but I think it's well worth the effort.
My Reasons why fans of paranormal YA should watch Teen Wolf Part 1
1. Alison Argent: One of the main reasons that I decided to write this post is because of how many fans of paranormal YA seem to be really frustrated by the heroines in every paranormal YA series and when I was reading about what people wanted out of heroine I was reminded of who Alison actually is so I found myself wanting to recommend this series to them but I didn't because people tend to be dismissive of this series. The complaints I was hearing about heroines were well a bunch of things but mostly they were damsel in distress who's life revolved around her love interest but Alison isn't like that. The type of character that most of these people wanted was someone who could defend themselves and had life outside of her life interest which I feel that both these things are true for Alison's character.
Alison is from a family of hunters(of pretty much all supernatural creatures not just werewolves like the first season implies) which is something that she doesn't know at the start of the series and her family keep this big secret from her does contribute quite a bit to her storyline in season 1. Although she has no knowledge of her family's hunting ways it's something that it's implied that her parents were both hiding it from her and trying to prepare her for this role with how they had her get into archery when she was younger and considering that she said she sucks at all her other past hobbies I'm willing to bet that they discouraged those, I also think that this makes her weapons skills that she develops to be more believable since she was already good at archery pre-series and it makes sense why she did with her background. I like that a big part of Alison's conflict comes from her knowing her family is keeping something from her and that she doesn't really know who she can trust in her life and that of course ends up influencing a lot of her choices in this series in a way in which the audience can always understand her reasoning even if they don't agree with it.
While I could probably write more about my love for Alison Argent I feel I already said a lot but basically I think that she's the type of character that most paranormal YA fans are looking for someone who is part of a romance but also a hero in her own right, someone who is strong but still vulnerable.
2. Mythology: I find that in most paranormal YA series that the mythology is either very simple or just never fully explained to reader because it either is something that main character wouldn't need to know so the reader isn't ever told it or it's something that the main character does know and therefore doesn't explain it in great detail. Giving a mythology info dump is something that often slows down the pace of a story and can be rather boring and since novels are only a few hundred pages long it's easy to understand why this would be an area in which the author would want to shorten but it's one that I think is needed. Teen Wolf isn't perfect with giving out mythology stuff always but it has given us quite a bit of information on quite a few supernatural species over the seasons although it was given gradually it was still pretty effective to me at least.
Werewolves: The main supernatural creature of the show is of course werewolves and before I started watching the show I thought that werewolf mythology was simple and boring. I originally thought that the only thing there is to know about werewolves is that they turn into a wolf on the night of the full moon, have heighten senses and maybe something involving packs. This show turned out to expand quite a bit on the werewolf myth while the moon makes a werewolf want to shift it's not usually into a full wolf(which seems to be difficult ability that few have mastered although not a lot has been said about it so far) it's this partial thing where the werewolf face grows hair and there eyes glow a certain color(more on that later) and their nails become claws but after a werewolf learns control they can stay in normal human form even during a full moon. Also werewolves don't only shift on full moons in this series but whenever their heart rate raises which makes the whole being a werewolf thing more interesting and useful(or rather a bigger problem) than I originally thought it was going to be.
In this series werewolves can have wolfs bane and mountain ash used against them. Wolf's bane is poisonous to werewolves and if it gets into their bloodstream it will kill them but if werewolves inhale or drink it they will only experience hallucinations. Also worth mentioning that it seems like no matter what species you are if you drink wolf's bane you will hallucinate but only werewolves will hallucinate if they just inhale it, I don't know why that it is. Mountain ash at this point has mostly been shown to be used as a barrier to keep werewolves out of or trapped in a certain area.
The abilities that werewolves in this series seems to have are the ability to shift, increased strength, heightened senses, increased speed, extremely increased healing abilities, can take other living beings pain away from them and although not mentioned very often can apparently sense emotions. It should be mentioned that if a werewolf feels that they don't deserve to heal or something that this may cause their healing abilities to stop working.
Druids: Sadly we haven't gotten a lot of details on what a druid is because all the druids on this show so far have been pretty mysterious therefore we don't know a whole lot about their abilities. What I do know is that druids have magic but it seems to be a pretty limited form of magic so that their magic can't be used as just an easy way to destroy all their enemies in the series. The abilities that the druids seem to have is mostly based on their knowledge of how to use certain herbs to combat the supernatural as well as having a unique effect on them do their abilities as well as a few ceremony type things it seems. Druids also are known to be advisors for the alpha's in werewolf packs and they offer advice on how to proceed in a certain situation and their primary goal seems to be to maintain a certain status quo in the supernatural world.
Banshees: Another group of supernatural species I don't see often and before this series I kind of thought that a banshee was either dead or a type of fairy neither of these things seem to be true in this series. Banshees are mainly known for screaming when death is near and that part is true in this series but it seems to be a bit more complicated than that with it being sometimes the scream comes as the person is dying and sometimes it happens before and that means that they death is actually able to be prevented and sometimes the scream seems to be for something that isn't death is sort of close and finally it can be used to lure someone back since banshee screams are extremely loud to werewolves like they can hear it from across down and still feel the need to plug their ears. Also it seems that banshees are haven't lured to places by their abilities to find dead bodies or clues that will lead them to a dead person for reasons that the banshee could not explain. Banshees other main part of their ablility seems to be their hearing ability which leads them to able to hear things by coming in contact with certain objects and the accuracy of what they hear seems go up with the closer the connection they have to the person and it seems that it has to be related to death or near death experiences to work. While it hasn't be touched on clearly it seems that banshees can hear and sometimes even see the dead in some way but since the only banshee we know doesn't really understand her abilities or know how to control them it's a bit unclear of what all of them are since banshees seem to be pretty rare in this world seeing that it took everyone so long to figure out that she is one.
3. Friendship: One of the things that I find paranormal YA does the worst is friendships especially friendships that existed prior to the beginning of the series this is largely due to two major things. 1. Most paranormal YA series are romance centric which leads to everyone but the main character and the love interest falling out of focus or 2. Said friend isn't supernatural therefore never finds out about the supernatural stuff which causes distance in the friendship and for said best friend to be easily forgettable due to having no importance to the plot and rarely being around or even mentioned by the main character. Teen Wolf on the other hand doesn't do this at all even though there is romance it's not to the point that it takes over the whole series and Stiles found out that Scott was a werewolf before he did and he's been helping with werewolf problems ever since. The friendships are one of my favorite parts of this show because friendships are an aspect that is so often ignored in all teen series so it's nice to see a show that values it.
Scott and Stiles: The friendship between Scott and Stiles is probably the biggest reason I decided to watch the second episode of this show because I just loved every scene they had together and I still love pretty much all their scenes. These two have one of those friendships in which they have been best friends forever and I've always found it believable that they have been which something that I can't say for a lot of other series that try to sell life long friendships. I really love that from the first episode it has always been Scott and Stiles working together to figure stuff out and while this does tend to lead to whole lot of the blind leading the blind type of situations it strangely seems to work for them.