adj \ not scientifically explainable : supernatural
A paranormal romance is a story surrounding a love affair that usually involves human characters but may contain werewolves, ghosts, and vampires.
You wouldn’t think people would find someone who is ‘undead’ particularly appealing–their cold skin, the peculiar diet, the smell of the mausoleum clinging to their clothing–so why do so many enjoy such morbid and gruesome book-boyfriends?
Paranormal romance fulfills our fantasies because it appeals to our most secret longings—to live forever, to be more powerful, to be ageless, to be immune from disease, to read people’s minds and maybe to even drink a little blood. And when looking back through history, humans’ obsession with romancing the paranormal is nothing new.
The love affair with the supernatural can be traced back to most early cultures, like ancient Egypt and Rome, where otherworldly gods and humans fraternized regularly and even produced offspring. If you read many ancient myths you will see their similarities with today’s modern romantic supernatural stories.
Eventually authors like Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and Edgar Allen Poe gave readers goose bumps with their gothic and horror fiction. This started the insatiable thirst for dark fantasies and paved the way for today’s paranormal romance authors.
In recent decades vampires, became less a repulsive and scary and have grown more and more alluring. Anne Rice made vampires sexy with her character, Lestat, and his entourage of beautiful immortal companions in her series The Vampire Chronicles. Then Francis Ford Coppola turned Romania’s fiendish monster into a heartbroken prince who sought a lost love with his movie version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
More recently Underworld, Twilight, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries keep millions of devoted fans under a spell of which, like thirsty vampires, they cannot get enough.
According to Wikipedia–Between 2002 and 2004, the number of paranormal romances published in the United States doubled to 170 per year. And judging by the unbelievable popularity of such books, movies, and shows, it is obvious that we are in love with the unexplainable, the unbelievable and yes–even the undead.
When realizing the size and scope of the book and movie industry surrounding supernatural fiction, it is easy to divine that our love affair with the fantastical, slightly scary; often weird, yet strangely attractive paranormal romance genre will live on forever.
Why are you obsessed with paranormal romance?
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