What is it that keeps us buying paranormal books and staying up all night as we stand in line for tickets to paranormal movies? Is it because they are created around characters that aren’t quite human? I’ve thought about the reasons I’m sucked into a well planned and plotted storyline and how these things fuel my addiction to the genre. Read over them and add your own. I’d love to hear from you.
1. The Characters – There is a whole brood of paranormal personalities to fall in love with from Demons, Vampires, and Angels like the ones in The Keepers, to characters who possess some psychic or mystical power like Darby Lambert, in Jamais Vu.
They all give our imaginations room to wander and grow. If you are like me, you love nothing more than a character who you didn’t expect, one who isn’t average. Because we are curious about things we don’t quite understand, we are drawn to the stories of these people and creatures and the way they live, love, and overcome obstacles in their lives.
The Settings – Paranormal worlds usually take place in a setting that has a personality all its own. The Keepers is set in The French Quarter, in New Orleans, where the architecture and night life seem to jump off the page. Jamais Vu takes place in St. Francisville, Louisiana, amongst creepy sugar cane fields and aging plantation homes. Both of these locations reel you in through well described scenery and the effect the places have on the characters. We like locals that provide us with the ability to become a part of them. As readers we expect to be sucked into our characters worlds and feel exactly what they do.
3. Plot Twists – The paranormal genre isn’t ruled by the limitations of humans. We can expect surprising turns allowed by the characters’ supernatural gifts. I think we have become spoiled by this as we expect more than the average boy meets girl story.
What are the aspects of the paranormal genre that keeps you coming back for more? Do you watch paranormal movies and TV shows?
There are many great indie and small press authors out there waiting to thrill you with their tales. Who are some of your favorites?
Enjoy your addiction. I know I do!
Monique O’Connor James
Author of The Keepers, Jamais Vu & The Mulligan Man available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
Coming Early 2012: Deja Vu; Coming Summer 2012: Becoming Jolie