OK, I'm probably dating myself a bit with that title but I made a startling realization when I sat down to write a post on paranormal romance: I have never read one!
I know, I know, where the heck have I been?! I don't really have an excuse so I should creep to the back of the "room" and let y'all tell me what I've been missing. Should, but won't :).
I have an opinion about most everything, (if you've ever chatted with me you'll recognize the truth of that statement!), and this genre is no exception. Researching for this article led me to several e-bookstores. I perused the titles and read quite a few blurbs. My, admittedly brief, research seems to have revealed two very popular themes in the paranormal romance genre right now: vampires and werewolves. That couldn't possibly have anything to do with those Twilight books/movies, could it ;)? I saw a fair amount of shapeshifter novels out there as well.
The vampire thing I understand. As a child I ran home from school to catch the end of Dark Shadows and I'm thinking the secret is out that I'm a HUGE Buffy fan. I also loved 'sweet' witches/magic with shows like Bewitched and I Dream of Jeanie. It is apparent that I really like paranormal themes so I'm not sure why I've not read any paranormal romances.
I probably shouldn't reveal this about myself but ... I can be perverse. If everyone else is on the bandwagon that is the one place I won't be; but I realize that can lead to the loss of my nose so I'm admitting I have a 'problem' and am asking for your help :).
What books should I have not missed? Keep in mind I really loved Buffy; Angel not so much-too much angst! I mentioned my infatuation with Dark Shadows, but I was also raised on a family tradition of the Friday night late show so I enjoy those English "B" movies from the 70's-The Wicker Man ... really cool, ooh and American Gothic, anyone remember that show? Gosh that was good, never understood its cancellation.
So, paranormal romance readers, give me your suggestions for additions to my TBR pile and tell me what you love about paranormal romance. What elements have to be present for you to put a book on your keeper shelf?
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