Happy Saturday my friends!! I’m totally in the mood for a light discussion.
You with me?
The Allure of The Paranormal
When I look at my goodreads shelf and at the posts I review here on the blog, I realize that most of the books I read and pick up deal with anything paranormal. And I used this work loosely.. paranormal, supernatural – I still have no idea what the difference is. Maybe someone can explain this better to me than the Oxford Dictionary.
denoting events or phenomena such as telekinesis or clairvoyance that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding:
a mystic who can prove he has paranormal powers
Pronunciation: /ˌsuːpəˈnatʃ(ə)r(ə)l, ˌsjuː-/
(of a manifestation or event) attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature:
a supernatural being
unnaturally or extraordinarily great:
a woman of supernatural beauty
Anyhow, the definition is beside the point, (mainly because I still don’t get it) I read and I am addicted to everything paranormal, supernatural. Take this year, I read 52 books and only 2 (two!!) contemporary stories. I both loved incredibly – no doubt here. (“Freshmen Yeah & Other Unnatural Disasters” and “From What I Remember”) However, if you let me pick the book all by myself I will always pick paranormal over contemporary!
But… Why, exactly?
I asked this myself and I think it’s because of potential to truly be lost in a dream. In a world that does not exists that is surreal, yet feels suddenly very real when spending time within all those pages. I can escape reality, even for just a few hours. Paranormal often goes beyond what feels normal to us, and that’s the whole appeal. We don’t want normal, we have normal ourselves. Every Day! I want to dream and get lost and I personally can do this best with an epic awesome Paranormal Read!
Moreover, the creativity of authors writing in the paranormal genre is sheer endless. The can let loose and create something beyond our imagination and take us on a ride that leaves us breathless. I am often simply amazed with what those creative minds come up with and that they all still manage to surprise me and present me yet another world I couldn’t have imagined before. Like they take the Angel lore, twist it and make it their own and blow us away! Or, please let’s never forget Vampires! I just love Vampire stories and I’m always amazed when the next series comes out and I am again hooked and surprised that this author again came up with something new!
Let’s talk boys in Paranormal…
Seriously there is just something about paranormal boys/men that is different. They can have character threats you wouldn’t like seeing in a normal boy. Over the Top, Possessive, Strong, bad ass sometimes very cold, aloof even full blown Jerks -yet we fall in love with these boys over and over again.
Let me give you some examples: Daemon from Obsidain, Seth from Half-Blood, Patch from hush,hush and .. yes (of course I’m going to mention) Barrons from The Faefever series. All those men/boys lure me in and drive the story for me and I love this! Boys in Contemporary are more real and this itself can be appealing too. But, we are not here to discuss the difference – just the allure the Paranormal story holds for us!
Specially paranormal boys in YA are one of their kind – often they are old, sometimes hundreds of years – but when they meet this one girl, all those years doesn’t matter anymore. Let’s face it, anywhere else this would sound creepy. In Paranormal is an epic love story! Take Ash for example, our favorite Ice Prince from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series..
There is something epic when reading a good paranormal story. Remember The Iron Fey Saga – this world has been incredibly rich, lush and the final story arc was epic! Let’s save the world epic! Look at Cassandra Clare’s Books, they also have this epicness all sourrounding. The Fallen series I would like to mention here too, there was this all-consuming love which I cannot descirbe any different from epic!
So, although there are tons of genres I do like and genres that are popular right now like Dystopian. But, Paranormal will always have a special place in my heart and my shelf and I can’t wait to see what those awesome creative authors have in store for us!
I for myself, I’m never getting tired of this phenomenal genre!
Now, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Are you tired of the paranormal genre or a lover like I am? What draws YOU into this genre! Tell me!
Much Love and I’m eager to hear your thoughts!