I follow a ton of authors, agents and publishers on Twitter. It helps me keep my fingers on the pulse of publishing while getting to interact with some really cool people. As a writer (hopefully to be published some day!) and avid reader, I particularly enjoy when people throw out what they’d like to see more of (as well as what they’ve seen too much of).
Last week, someone (an agent, I believe) mentioned that they were tired of paranormals, especially YA paranormal. Immediately, several other people chimed in with the same ennui. Now, as agents and those involved directly in the publishing process, I don’t doubt they get tired of seeing the same genre over and over long before the buying public does. But I have to say, I was a bit surprised by how many said they wanted something different–they really didn’t want to see YA paranormals anymore unless, of course, they were the stand-out-in-the-field-and-dance kind of books with absolutely amazing writing (and who doesn’t want that, no matter what genre).
This made me sad. I love the paranormal genre. The magic, unusual creatures or powers, the twists on the natural world, and the stories that surround them. I love shifters and empaths, mind readers and witches, Fae and grimoires. I love when there’s a fun romance in the story, turning an average paranormal into a paranormal romance (except leave out the triangles and insta-love. Make both the characters and readers work for it). I want MORE-MORE-MORE.
I think of the paranormal genre as one that can be compared to the romance genre. It has staying power. It has the potential to twist and change and, even if it’s been around forever, to still entertain the reader. I mean, how many of us have read a romance and, even though it’s the same basic story (girl meets boy, connection, fight and break-up, reuniting and forgiveness, HEA), we still pick up another romance to enjoy? *raises hand*
So, why the boredom with the genre, especially in the young adult realm? Is it because it’s the same story over and over? Or is it just that people have had enough of faeries and magic?
I say, “Gimmie more! I’m not bored yet!” What say you?
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