Day One: Spooky TBR / Day Two: October Releases / Day Three: Bookish Autumn Bucket List / Day Four: Perfect Cosy Reading Nook / Day Five: Top 5 Disney Villains / Day Six: Strong Woman Horror Trope / Day Seven: Reading Snacks / Day Eight: 5 Autumn Reads / Day Nine: Vampires and Werewolves / Day Ten: Spooky TBR Update / Day Eleven: Witches / Day Twelve: Books I Should Have Read / Day Thirteen: Review – Under My Hat Anthology / Day Sixteen: This Time Last Year / Day Seventeen: Reading Drinks
Paranormal Romance is one of those genres I really don’t read enough of. Whenever I do read it, I tend to really enjoy it. I just need to pick up more, really.
And I fully believe paranormal romance = written by women. Urban fantasy = written by men, judging by what I used to find shelved under each in bookshops, even if they have the same tropes and type of characters.
Anyway, before this becomes a rant…
Paranormal Romance comes in many different types. For every paranormal creature out there, there’s probably a romance book featuring them and a human protagonist. The ones I’m most failiar with tend to be vampires and werewolves, but the list is endlist. The main reason I know these two is because many years ago, I read two series which featured vampires and werewolves quite heavily.
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter – Laurell K Hamilton
Something about Guilty Pleasures, the first book in the series, must have really intrigued me, because even though I only gave it 3 stars on Goodreads, I still continued with the series, reading 22 books before stopping. I didn’t even stop intentionally, I just picked up other books instead. But, honestly, this series started strong – I remember loving the first few books, really enjoying this world, and the blend of romance and crime Hamilton weaved into the story. The love interests were sexy and dangerous, and the horror elements were handled brilliantly.
But at some point, the books kind of tipped into just being about sex. Anita gains a power, and it turns out to be the power of sex, meaning she has to sleep with some characters pretty much instantly to save the day. And it was repeated. A lot. To the point where the sex scenes weren’t even very enjoyable any more, but repetitive. And every male character has a huge cock? I have heard it picks up again later, so I do intend to continue reading to see where the rest actually goes.
Sookie Stackhouse – Charlaine Harris
I think I read the first of these books way back in high school, and picked it up again when I was at university. The Sookie Stackhouse books are the basis for the TV show True Blood, but after the first book they diverge a lot, retaining some elements while making others much better suited to long-running TV series.
I managed to complete this series, at the insistence of a friend, and enjoyed it. The writing in the first few is pretty simplistic, but it matches Sookie’s character, and as the novels progress, the writing improves. And like Anita Blake, there are plenty of paranormal creatures to keep the reader invested.
Although both the Sookie Stackhouse and Anita Blake’s books have vampires and werewolves as their primary love interests, there are many others to be found within their pages, and both draw on various folklore for their monsters.
I’d suggest both these series, for anyone interested, but I really do need to read more paranormal, both with and without vampires involved, so if you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them.