Paranormal/Supernatural Fiction- What do you look for?
On a previous blog post, I took a poll of favorite genres which the visitors of this blog were able to vote. A wide selection of responses came back, but certain ones took the lead, paranormal/supernatural being one of them. For those of you who didn’t vote, the poll is still open. I do continue to rely on it for helping me know what people may enjoy discussing.
Of course, you have most likely figured out which genre will be the topic today. It is most appropriate since the next episode of “Vampire Diaries” will be coming on tonight. One of my favorite shows, though I know many readers here don’t follow it. That is okay, I’ll forgive you, eventually :)
I digress, though, because this blog is all about books, reading, and writing. Today I would like to discuss what fans of the genre like to see when selecting a book. Do you have a certain theme or style you prefer? Do you favor werewolves, vampires, fae, ghosts or one of the many other paranormal creatures that are used for fictional storytelling? Feel free to discuss anything that pertains to the topic.
As for me, I prefer vampires as the main race. The book should also be in first person, with a strong female lead, who isn’t a vampire (at least in the beginning). If it is a series, all the better. I get attached to the characters and want to see more of their adventures. There is a limit to how far a story can go, but I definitely prefer more than one novel. Some people will claim authors write series only because it guarantees future readers. That “might” be the case for some, but most actually do it because the world building is already set up and readers are already attached. People like me want more books and the market has proven time and again that readers will follow a series if the author does a good job of catching their audience’s attention in the beginning. I’m a sucker for such books and I’m not ashamed to say it.
Of course, there are only so many good vampire series out there. So I have branched out to books with mixed races. That can be a lot of fun too. In rare cases, I even enjoy a story in third person, so long as the author can still get me attached to their main characters. There has to be potential for romance as well, or I drop the series. This happened with the “Chronicles of Elantra” by Michelle Sagara, where it is up to book seven and the main character still hasn’t settled down, even though the author has given plenty of opportunities for it to happen. Many other readers gave up because of this as well. She has written some great action, but having a character stay lonely for this many novels is driving a lot of fans away. I stopped at book three after getting impatient and checking reviews of future books. Most of them complained about the very thing I was worried about, but it let me know to give up, as I’m just not that patient.
Everyone has their own preferences, though, and you all are welcome to contribute your own feelings on what makes a good paranormal/supernatural book. I think many writers who follow this blog will be interested as well!