A Good Vampire is Hard to Find
Where did all the vampires and werewolves go?
At one point my TBR pile (it hadn’t grown mountainous yet, it was just a very steep hill) was brimming with amazing PNR. There were so many good recommendations flying about you had to duck for cover with only a few duds in between. Now I feel like I am drowning in a sea of mediocre; were vampires, shifters and everything in between always this irritating and quite frankly lame? Or is it just me?
Maybe it’s me. Have I finally outgrown my need for broody older men with a past as dark as their clothing? Vampires have turned from sexy predators who regularly rocked my world to overly sulkey babies who like to creep around in the dark comparing stake sizes. The only rocking they do is when I have to contain the urge to stone them into their immortal rest.
I would like to think it is just me, that my tastes have changed so much that PNR books now have me yawning in boredom rather than squealing in excitement. I don’t like to think the alternative; that the golden age of PNR has passed and we are now just left with the second hand versions of what has come before. I want a bright future full of pointy canines and excessive body hair (just to clarify, I’m talking about shifters, I don’t want to create a new sub-sub-genre of Biker romances where pulling on a man’s back hair is sexy, Bikers are bad enough by themselves, they don’t also need hair in unexpected places.) Sadly, all I seem to find is the worst of the genre, full of excess clichés and pointless plots.
Does anyone out there think the same? Or do you have any recommendations for me? Please someone I am begging you to prove me wrong!
I completely agree with you on this Suz. A good PNR is hard to find lately. Granted I have my trusted authors that never do me wrong (Ward, Singh, Cole, Bishop, Harrison, Carey, Jones, Briggs, Andrews…. to name a few). But it’s been a long time since I’ve picked up an author in the paranormal genre that is not part of that trusted group that has made me run and buy everything they’ve ever written.
In fact, I can probably list the series I’ve dropped because I just couldn’t continue reading either the same rehashed stories, or the have lost interest in the characters (Carrie Vaughn, Lynsay Sands, Shelly Laurenston, G.A. Aiken). Then I see amazing paranormal authors not getting enough sales to save their souls, and I love their books and want them to continue writing them!!! So is there just a lack of interest in the genre? Because that is my first love, and although I’ve gotten into contemporaries in years past (a lot more after starting the blog) there’s no better feeling that reading a good paranormal, with amazing world building, that will just ROCK MY WORLD. Sadly I’m with you…. Nothing new has done that in a while, and I’ve given up on trying to expand my horizons.
I love seeing my paranormal authors expand their wings and write other genres, but I also don’t want to lose them completely. My greedy self needs them to continue feeding that paranormal void before there are no good ones left. And a big one for me in this area is Kresley Cole. I’ve been having withdrawals! A few years ago she started The Dacians, and I was dying to see her develop that series as well as continuing the Immortal After Dark (IAD) series. But it has now been exactly a year since Dark Skye came out. And the next IAD is not right around the corner, we have at least another half a year to wait! Although I am enjoying her other series (Arcana Chronicles and The Professional) my first Cole love is the IAD world. And I’m not getting enough of it right now!
What about you all? Are there authors you’ve dropped? Are there authors you think aren’t writing enough? And yes, I’ll take any recs you want to throw my way as well!
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