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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Paranormal Fiction Addiction

Okay, it’s official. I’m addicted to YA paranormal fiction.  

I was checking out my TBR shelve today, and I realized that the next 30 books or so are all YA paranormal fiction. As I perused the books, I couldn’t help but wonder, how did this happen? Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was hooked on adult romance? I continued looking through the piles and I realized that pretty much every new book I’ve picked up over the last couple years has been YA paranormal fiction, and I’ve loved them all.

Of course, this got me thinking...Why? What is it about these books that has sucked me in so much that I now rarely pick up anything else?  Here's what I came up with:

Escaping to a new world: Sometimes real life is stressful. We go to school or work all day, and then we come home to a mountain of chores. It can feel like a never-ending cycle, but when you pick up a good book, you can literally lose yourself into a whole new world. One of the things I love about the paranormal is how vastly different the world is from my normal day to day life and this flows into my second love of paranormal fiction...

Believability: So, we are sitting here reading about vampires, witches, werewolves, etc., and then we get thrust into some crazy other dimension and with the authors' skills, every word we are reading is believable. We can see the world. We can feel it, and the possibilities become so real it’s almost as if we can reach out and touch it.  It's a pretty amazing feeling.

Hotties with insane powers: Who doesn’t love hotties with crazy powers? I know I do. Really, hotties and super-human powers, what’s not to love?

Giddy school girl in love feeling:  And then, the hottie meets the love interest, and we get to fall in love with them. It’s always a rollercoaster ride of emotions, especially when the love interest finds out the truth about their new flame.

After picking out the things I love about my paranormal fiction books I thought just for a second that maybe, just maybe, I should mix it up a bit. But then I shrugged, smiled, and picked up another paranormal fiction, because, well, I realized that I’m glad I’m addicted.

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