I found Wolfland to be an extremely entertaining read. I was especially taken with the transformation of Lisel, although not entirely surprised by it. Throughout the story evidence of Lisel being more than just the typical, proper, selfish, city girl is seen. Moments of defiance and willfulness are evident from the beginning. She strikes out at the wolf on the ride to the chateau, she defies her grandmother by not going to bed early and instead remaining awake and reading a Libertine, or as the story puts it, “lurid novel…confining her attention to those portions which contained duels, rapes, black magic, and the firing squad,” and she also, naïvely believes she can outwit her grandmother and escape. Lisel, while a flawed and selfish character, is not weak by any means. Her becoming a werewolf in the end, under the unwanted influence of Anna, was to me her accepting her true nature.
While it can be argued that she is controlled by her grandmother and has no choice in the matter of becoming a werewolf, it can conversely be argued that she was attempting to control her grandmother. Lisel’s primary goal in coming to the chateau was to inherit Anna’s wealth. There was no social or familial reason for visiting. She wanted money, Anna wanted a werewolf heir. Both have an ulterior motive and, in the end, both got what they wanted.
On a side note, I was also intrigued by Anna recommending that Lisel only use a man to have a child she can pass on the wolf-gene. This compares to the age-old idea of using a woman to pass along the male’s side of the family genes and name and I thought it was interesting that this was brought up in the story.