Personally, I think paranormals are going to remain popular for some time to come, and I have two good reasons why..
Yes, I know it seems like Twilight has been around forever, but in relative terms five years is not long. Romance novels have been around since before Jane Austen’s day, and since then pretty much everything you can think of has already been written. Every historical period has been covered, and even outer space is no longer new, since two generations have grown up on Star Trek and Battlestar Galatica.
So what’s left that hasn’t yet been explored?
The places and people that exist only in our imaginations. And guess what? As long as we keep dreaming up new worlds and new super-beings, this genre will stay fresh and interesting.
I recently stumbled over a thought-provoking blog post by The Ardent Writer in which she spoke about a documentary on women’s films in Hollywood, entitled From Weepies to Chick Flicks.
What particularly intrigued me was the point that in our technologically advanced superior so much of the ‘romance’ has been taken out of romance. In a world where we have instant messaging, internet and email , it just isn’t believable that two people can be kept apart by a lack of information. And in our tolerant society, where race or class are no longer barriers, what great, believable conflicts are left to modern writers?
Yes, there’s internal conflict, which every story should have, but there are also only so many internal conflicts. In an age where readers want fresh, innovative stories, paranormal romance is the one genre still able to deliver on that. I’ll believe that an angel and a demon are going to struggle to find their Happy Ever After way sooner than I’ll believe that a secretary can’t date her CEO!
So as long as we writers keep our ideas original and innovative, paranormal will be alive and kicking for a long time to come.
What do you think?
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Rae Summers writes short, sensual historic romances set in the 1920s. But she also has this idea for a series of paranormal romances ... You can find out more about her here.