I'm not going to lie. I'm a bit of a snob. I am very specific about how I like my shifters.
I like them born - NOT bitten
I like them in control of their shifter - more so with age, less so with youth closer to the full moon
I like them to shift into full animal form - NOT into that anima/human hybrid thing. So, not the were-form. I guess that's why I prefer the term shifter to werewolf/werepanther etc. Were-whatever, in my head, means they walk around on two legs and have a human-ish face but long predator teeth, claws, and hair everywhere.
I like what I like.
What about you? How do you like your shifters? And who wrote your favorite shifter series?