Paranormal has always been my first and one true love. I started out reading paranormal when I first picked up an Anne Rice book and I haven’t really looked back since. I’ve gone through all different stages of reading the paranormal going from horror to urban fantasy and slowly making my way to paranormal romance.
And then recently, as in the past year, I’ve seen a switch happen. Humans are suddenly taken a more dominant role in my reading preferences. I don’t think I can pinpoint the time but I know I’ve made an unconscious decision to let the non-fangy-or-furry characters take up my time. Granted, I still have my go-to series that I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book that comes out. I have my tried and true authors I will drop anything to dive into. But I am not as open to giving a new paranormal author a try. It feels as if, after such a long time and countless books, I am more demanding for original storylines.
I don’t want to read yet another vampire book. Now it has to give me something new, the author has to surprise me! Try mixing up species and creating conflict that isn’t just the plain group of good vampires vs the bad guys and oh yeah, the emo alpha hero is brooding, kicking and screaming that he doesn’t want a mate but there she is.
I blame, in a way, the media. Yes, I am referring to Twilight and True Blood and the likes. Sadly paranormal characters are less Lestat and Buffy and more sparkly emo. What ever happened to the dark and gritty stories that I fell in love with? It seems they are more of a joke now and harder to find. Some authors are still going strong with series that I love reading and others should’ve ended them when they were ahead.
But I know there’s still a lot of great paranormal books out there that I haven’t read and quite frankly I miss reading them! So it’s now time to switch back to my paranormal love and dive in!