Love is Dead… or Undead

Why is it that paranormal and romantic elements mix so well in YA?

You’ve got girls falling in love with ghosts, vampires, dark fairies, angels, aliens… It’s all very popular right now.

Maybe it’s because these “creatures” have a built-in danger to them? A boy who’s a ghost or vampire is automatically a bad boy. And anytime we’re dealing with a paranormal romance, it’s definitely a forbidden love, which is always exciting to read about.71335416

Is it the thrill of danger that makes these love stories so popular or what do you think?

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9 responses to “Love is Dead… or Undead

  1. Widget looks way better!

    OK, I seriously think you’re onto something with this bad guy thing. Yes, the forbidden guys are always the desirable ones. They seem to just lay the perfect foundation for excellent sexual tension.

  2. Oh, yeah, all of the above. I so agree that it’s a forbidden love type of thing. A human (or in The Vampire…In My Dreams, the witch) isn’t supposed to mix it up with a vampire. Mostly because they don’t exist, but if she proves they do, then definitely it’s a no-no. And she knows that. :) But does that stop her?

    And the same thing with a vampire–or other paranormal character. In mine, the vampire is conceited, aren’t most? And how did he get that way? Messing around with the wrong kind of girl. :) So yep, bad boy.

    Love your post!
    Terry Lee Wilde
    The Vampire…In My Dreams
    http://www.terrywildeteenbooks.com

  3. Parker Peevyhouse

    The conceited vampire is pretty standard since Byron become the model for it, right? That’s one of the best things about vampires.

    I think you found another part of it–vampires and the like aren’t supposed to exist. So it’s pretty exciting/scary to find out that they do. And to perhaps be the only one who knows. Secrets are great for fueling the romantic fire.

  4. Hmm, well I wouldn’t say that Byron became the model for it. I’ve read vampire novels since I was a teen, way before Byron existed. THE vampire was Count Dracula back then. And he was cool and conceited even back then. HE’S who initially inspired me as the ultimate bad boy of the sexiest persuasion. :) And Amelia Atwater-Rhodes YA vampire books first inspired my love of huntress/vampire combinations, although the only ones I’ve written like that are adult versions. And there are several other authors who write about hunters/vampires also.

    What inspired me for The Vampire…In My Dreams, which sold way back in 2004, but the publisher dropped their YA line before most of our YA authors works were published, including mine, was an adult vampire romance that had to do with a couple of women trying to prove a guy was a vampire. :) I never read the book, but always wanted to, but don’t have any idea who the author was at this point. :)

    So vampire inspired romances have been around for a long time…including Anne Rice’s and I loved Interview with a Vampire. I’m just glad that we can read about vampires who don’t have to be staked to save mankind, and can be just as loveable, or more so in some cases, than the average guy. :)

  5. Parker Peevyhouse

    I meant Lord Byron from the Regency era. Maybe I’m confused, but did your sentence mean to read that you were a teen before Byron existed? Maybe we’re talking about two different Byrons.

  6. Have you ever watched a typical anime series made for boys? There’s always some totally normal boy who gets involved with a menagerie of magical superpowered girls from outer space. They’re popular because young boys think of all girls as unfathomable aliens, while young girls think of all boys as unfathomable monsters–which is why they’re attracted to stories about some totally normal girl who gets involved with a menagerie of Gothic-era superpowered boys.

    It’s all in my upcoming blog post, “Girls are from Mars, Boys are from Transylvania”.

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  8. I think the vampire allure is about the fantasy of giving into a powerful force that is lusting for something from us. I think both men and women are attracted to that (i.e., a seductive woman overcoming a guy is attractive to a guy…the guy giving into her because she wants him). The sucking of blood may represent the “taking” that is sought by the dark seductive force that we fantasize we give into.

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