Thursday, October 15, 2009

Paranormal Fiction 101: What does it mean?

Halloween is just around the corner and as I sit and ponder what costume I'm going to where to the Authors After Dark masquerade party and trying to organize my ever growing list of bookmarks in my browser, I came across this article by Acquanetta Ferguson, a columnist for which also mentions my forbidden series. I'll link to the full. If you like paranormal, and especially paranormal with erotic elements, follow the link and consider bookmarking Netta's reviews. She's straightforward, loves the genre, and won't steer you wrong.

Paranormal by definition means something other than normal. Pretty simple explanation. But going further into the definition, it also means things that can not be explained by science. Paranormal by itself is such a big concept, that someone has already kindly explained it here.
But when it comes to fiction, paranormal is big business. This particular genre is very popular. Especially in erotic/romance fiction. This category or genre ranges from vampires to were-animals to witches and to everything else not "normal". There are so many authors and books out there, that there is something for everyone. One of the main focuses of these stories is that the main character, whether male or female is either the paranormal person, or is a human in a paranormal world.
But even this is not a simple enough explanation for the genre itself. Why? Because as a whole, the genre paranormal has other sub-genres within it that it makes defining it hard, yet as a reader of the paranormal, I enjoy the new concepts that continue to come out as a result. A good example would be Samantha Sommersby series Forbidden. It is erotica which is heavy on the paranormal, and all told from the point of view of a male.
When it comes to paranormal in erotica or romantica, the two main goals are the sexual journey of the characters and the paranormal world created by the author. The stories are more action filled than a contemporary more like suspenseful romance (non-stop, edge of your seat action) but with a heavy dose of the paranormal. But the sub-genre called urban fantasy which normally takes place in urban, present settings, may or may not have sex, but the main focus is the creatures and the hero/heroine kicking major butt, such as Kim Harrison's series The Hollow's and Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse series.

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