Thursday, September 27, 2012

Guest Post: J. Bridger

Why We Love Supernatural Romances



I think that it's no secret paranormal romances are hot and not just as in "spicy and steamy." I meant more that it's become a popular topic. You can see that since Twiilght really reinvigorated that genre, that it's become all the rage in young adult literature. I know that it was a definite constant also in more adult fair. I think that there is a lot to be said for Laurel K. Hamilton and Anita Blake for that also staying popular in Urban Fantasy/Paranormal there as well.

I also think that there's a very specific type of romance that can appeal to readers: the will they/won't they ever share in the Big Secret.

Twilight has a bit of that element. It does take Bella confronting Edward before he confesses. She has to notice a stopped and dented truck to get that. I think it's a trope that comes up over and over. Moonlight, Charmed, the first few episode of Buffy, the first season of Teen Wolf and of Big Wolf on Campus, most of Smallville, and on and on it goes. The new incarnation of Beauty and the Beast about to air on CW even plays that tried and true "What's going on with them, really?" question.

I think we should get tired of it by now, the "So what he or she has a mystical, paranormal, earth-shattering secret, why can't they just tell the person he or she loves?"
Honestly, I think that most examples I can think of or name, that the bulk of them didn't have the significant other in the dark freak out or permanently reject the other for being different. It should be something people can share and we don't have to deal with that trope any longer.

Except...

It is because, deep down, we all have a secret self, something about us we hate and try to keep from others. Of course, it's usually not that we drink blood or sprout fur and fangs during the full moon, but, to us, it's just as big and overwhelming. There will always be that chance we'll share that secret side of ourselves and be rejected, left alone. So we want to see it play out over and over; we want to hope for that happy ending. If monsters and other beings can be loved even for their differences, maybe, just maybe we can too.



Shifted Perspective by J. Bridger

Caleb Byrne is a bright high school senior who has enough to deal with between college choices, taking care of his single dad, and dealing with his headstrong girlfriend Joanna and an eccentric set of cousins in California. He was managing to get by until the day he woke up a Cocker Spaniel. Even if it only happens monthly and is more embarrassing than painful, the so-called ability is something that he's anxious to be rid of.

He didn't realize his transformations would drag him into a hidden society of canine and lupine shape shifters as well as a family legacy he hates. To make matters worse, after moving to Los Angeles to learn more about his heritage from his Aunt Moira and his cousin Kalista, Caleb now struggles through life-and-death matters. He keeps angering the werewolves in charge of the shifter world, especially Kalista's boyfriend Peter, the Southern California alpha's son, who also happens to be grade-A sociopath. Worse, Caleb's floundering to keep his secret from Joanna.

While his family offers him some support, they may not be enough as Caleb realizes that the rules in shifter society---number one is supposed to be don't kill humans---are not so ironclad. Some werewolf out there is leaving a blood-soaked trail across the Midwest and it might just be with the alpha's blessing...
 
 
 
 
 

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting!

---J

Jet said...

It was my pleasure :) Hope to work with you again at some point in the future.

Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond) said...

What an amazing post. You made some really great points there. I absolutely agree about that big secret reveal. You have really good taste in television LOL! Awesome post again, thank you guys so much for sharing :)