I am kind of newbie to the paranormal world. I have only been reading paranormal’s for about four years now, not nearly as long as some of the other readers that I know.
For as long as I can remember I fought the idea of reading paranormal’s. When I was a brand new reviewer at RRAH, I remember some of the other girls loved them. Paranormal’s were all they read, all they talked about, all they reviewed! I used to think they were crazy, I preferred to think at least marginally realistically, thank you very much! I was very sure that my historical romances were the only ones to read and nothing else would do the trick!
Then one day about four years ago, one of my fellow reviewers talked me into trying JUST one paranormal. Just take a gander, see if I could hang, if not she would leave me alone with my historical’s. Her suggestion to me? Christine Feehan’s Dark series. IDK how many people out there have read this series? I’m sure tons of people , but for a newbie, this is the kind of series that can either scare a person away or make them fall madly in love. I mean, this is a big, huge, INTENSE series of books with all sorts of raging emotions, brooding, telepathic men and women and sadistic villains.
Well, never let it be said that I am some sort of wilting flower, let me tell you. I grabbed a hold of Feehan’s Dark Prince and I was a lost woman.
I couldn’t explain it, I couldn’t understand how I could spend so long fighting this idea of paranormal’s and in one book, ONE book I was hooked! I poured over this book for hours…. At work, on my breaks, at red lights in my car, I even remember reading some of the book while folding a load of laundry! What was it about Raven and Mikhail’s story that had me so hooked?! How could this be?
Well, I think now that I have had a few years to marinate on that paranormal’s have fast become my favorite genre, I have figured it out. It is the fact that they are so very unrealistic. There is an element to them that says, “to heck with the conventional way of thinking about romance”. And that, my friends, is just it!! Anything goes in these books! There is nothing that can be done or said or enacted that cannot be explained by a paranormal event!
Vampires, werewolves, shapeshifting lions, tigers, cougars, snakes, housecats, witches, mermaids, fairy’s, demons, Lords of the Underworld. All of these creatures bring something different to the table! And they transport me to a different place, one where my rules go out the window and I get to enjoy a world where anything can happen and nothing is the norm.
I get to think that a man with pale skin, no heartbeat, aversions to the sun, who has long scary teeth and drinks blood is SEXY! Imagine that! Can you imagine a True Blood sort of world where vampires lived among us? In my books, that gets to happen! And it’s romantic and fascinating and intriguing and sensual when a vampire sucks the blood of a beautiful woman.
It is the unrealistic non-reality of these books that draws me like a moth to a flame. I want to be swept away to a world where nothing is my own and everyone plays by a different set of rules. One in which my own rational thoughts don’t get to intrude, because really why else is there to read a good book?
What do you think, my friends? What is the draw of the vampire for you? What was the book that made you fall in love with these otherworldly creatures? Tell us your thoughts and I will pick one lucky winner to receive a copy of Christine Feehan’s Dark Prince!