Creature Feature: Angels

Picture an angel in your mind’s eye. You’re probably envisioning a winged beauty, dressed in white, sporting some kind of glowing halo. Am I right? I’m pretty sure I’m right. Well I’m about take everything you think you know about angels and turn it on its head! Okay so, more realistically, I’m just going to talk about the angels that aren’t up there defending the heavens. But whatever, here it goes…

The thing about angels is practically every major religion believes in them. Most prominently Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all have angels. And that’s before we even get to guardian angels (protectors, guides for us lowly humans), archangels (most powerful, get to set at the cool table at lunch), and fallen angels (crazy rebels, probably with lots of tattoos).

But there are more kinds of angels out there than the ones who go about making miracles happen. Like Criss Angel. The Mindfreak.  Actually, have you seen his illusions? They’re almost miracles. He might be able to give Gob Bluth a run for his money… No, scratch that, Gob is the greatest magician ever.

As a kid, Young Joseph Gordon Levitt wowed me with his big brown eyes and OH THAT’S RIGHT, his ability to summon angels to play for his favorite baseball team in Angels in the Outfield! Already a great plot, the movie featured Christopher Lloyd as the head angel (leading me to believe that Doc Brown had moved on to a better place), Tony Danza, and Donny Glover. While it may not top The Mighty Ducks as my favorite mid-90s sports movie, Angels was definitely played on repeat in my house during baseball season.

To really change up the angel game, the BBC sci-fi show Doctor Who has the creepiest angels I’ve ever seen. Known as the Weeping Angels, these creatures send people back in time with a touch. They move silently and faster than lightning, but freeze to stone whenever they are viewed by another being. Plus, these guys are completely indestructible. As the swoon-worthy David Tennant warns Carey Mulligan, “don’t blink,” because keeping the Angel in your sight is the only way to stop it. Getting sent back in time doesn’t seem like the scariest fate, but being attacked by one of these guys is certainly spooky.

Recommended Angel Reads:

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Mercy by Rebecca Lim

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Do you have a favorite angel? Let me know in the comments! And don’t forget to satisfy your guardian angel with a look at some of these titles…