We are fascinated by scary creatures with supernatural and potentially dangerous powers. In a paranormal romance book, we even fall in love with monsters. We are terrified and drawn to them at the same time. Why do we like to flirt with fear?
One reason may be that we are attracted to qualities we lack ourselves. We admire a creature that is fearless, powerful, and unbound by the rules of normal society.
Maybe we sometimes want to be scary and frighten away people who make our lives difficult.
We fantasize about being whisked away from our everyday lives to experience a world of adventure–the key to every good adventure being fear. Fear of death, fear of pain, fear of loss: the stakes must be high for the payoff to be gratifying.
Fear also triggers the fight or flight response, releasing a chemical soup that gives us a natural high. That’s why we seek thrills from haunted houses, theme parks, and slasher films. Strong bonds are created between humans during fearful situations as our bodies are flooded with these hormones.
Paranormal romance books are not as scary as horror books, but they do include elements of the terrifying and grotesque; causing goosebumps, chills, and sweaty palms.
Maybe that’s why we fall in love with paranormal heros. The same fear we feel in the presence of a vampire, werewolf, or demon is the same fear that casts a spell on us and binds us to them for eternity.
Why do you love Paranormal Romance novels?
What’s your favorite way to scare yourself or be scared?
Do you think you’d be afraid or attracted to a supernatural creature?
Do you enjoy dangerous flirtations with death and the undead?
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