I am currently writing the first draft of my first attempt at a (fantasy) novel, and I have it planned out fully, more or less. However, there is one subplot which I hesitate on how to execute. Essentially, I have a character, Autumn, who is taken prisoner, tortured and experimented on. After considering several options, I recently came up with the idea to turn her into a werewolf, or a 'she-wolf', as it were. Not only does this introduce an interesting route about the psychological torture she must be going through after escaping and returning to the real world as this creature, but it makes sense in the world the story takes place in, as there is a nebulous plague festering that can turn humans into beasts or other grotesque creatures. The initial experiments are an attempt to find a cure to this as well. Sounds good. The problem I have is that the whole notion of a werewolf has been done to death multiple times over. We've seen it all before: having to side your true self from the people you meet, the horror, the glorification of the concept, everything. So my question to you is: do you think the way I've put forward sounds cliche, and would you be turned off by the thought of a werewolf? I'll be honest, I probably would be, but it seems too fitting to just pass on. For those wondering too, my initial plans were to imbue her with the power of lightning in an attempt to create a magical super-soldier, and her arc is her learning to control this inherently destructive power after escaping. Do you prefer this to the werewolf idea? I'd like to hear your thoughts on the matter. Thanks.