Anyone who reads Romance Novels knows that the Paranormal Romance sub-genre has been hot, hot, hot for several years. But has it begun to burn out?
Vampires have always been considered sexy creatures, even back in the “Dracula” days, so it is no surprise that Vampires (and their ilk) make up the bulk of Paranormal Romance Characters. Two huge franchises have found success with Vampire characters- first Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles Series, then Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Series. There are uncountable other novels with Vampires or Vampire-like beings featured, and new ones are constantly being published. The sub-genre has splintered off into further sub- sub- genres, too- Vampire novels with an Urban Fantasy bent, a Comedic bent, a Thriller-Suspense bent….and on.
I personally never jumped on the Vampire bandwagon, but I know plenty of women who still cannot get enough, even with a plethora of books, movies, and television shows…many times I thought, “surely, the Vampire craze must be winding down,” only to find more and more of them everywhere I look.
Werewolves and Shape-Shifters seem to be the runners up in the Most Popular Paranormal Creatures contest. In fact, you can likely find a “were” creature of any type imaginable in Romance Novels today- bears, cougars, panthers, and even some you probably haven’t wondered about- snakes, anyone?
Ghosts, Witches and Wizards, Angels and Demons, selkies, mermaids/men, the fae, even monsters like Bigfoot and the Abominable Snowman (huh?!). Supernatural beings showing up in Romance Novels (and Erotic Romance Novels, to be sure) is now quite commonplace. But the beauty of the Paranormal genre is the fact there is no limit but the writer’s imagination. Authors can create worlds and characters using archetypes and mythologies, and spin it with their own twist.
That may be why even the Vampire craze won’t die (pardon the pun) – authors keep coming up with creative, interesting versions of their own, so we keep on reading. As a writer who leans toward the paranormal, I am glad there is an abundance of great stories out there, and I look forward to seeing what interesting trends develop in this genre.
So what is your favorite type of paranormal character? What would you like to see more of? Have you had enough of Vamps and Weres, or do you crave more?