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Valentine’s Day and Paranormal Romance…a fun comparison.
Ah, Valentine’s Day, the one day where the expression of love is bigger, grander and well…out there for everyone to see.
In my mind, nothing is ‘bigger, grander and definitely as ‘out there’ as the powerful love stories you’ll find in paranormal romances. 🙂
Imagine a vampire hero who falls in love with a human, his deadliest enemy. Her blood is so much than a food source to him, and he realizes she fulfills some deep, fundamental need; something he’d been missing in his life.
Or a werewolf who has watched over a human woman from afar for years, all because of a mistake he’d made in his past, a mistake that’s intricately tied to her. And now he’s fallen in love with the one person who would have every reason to hate him for what he is…if she ever found out what he’d done.
Or a werewolf who’s doomed to a fate worse than death due his past youthful need for vengeance. Now that he’s met the woman he can’t live without, they’re torn apart my dividing familial loyalties, the need to do right by their respective races and the inevitable beastly future that awaits him.
One thing all the scenarios above have in common is the potent power of love that overcomes many perceived boundaries, such as racial differences, prejudice, mistrust and vengeance.
So back my earlier Valentine’s Day/Paranormal Romance comparison…
On Valentine’s Day, cards, flowers, chocolate, candy hearts, etc are all given to show that one person in your life just how special they are. It’s a grand gesture of love. On that one day, you put yourself out there, professing your love and hoping to have that love returned. In paranormal romances, even powerful, supernatural heroes and heroines have basic wants and desires, familial ties and a strong sense of loyalty to their own kind. So alongside the supernatural world, the paranormal politics, and the paranormal mystery, an amazing, undeniable love blooms, forcing the characters to grapple with their emotions and the intricate tangle of falling in love with someone who’s “other”. Their issues are big (human vs “other”), their obstacles grand (wars between races) but these characters are so deeply in love that they’re willing to put themselves “out there” in hopes that their love will bridge the many divides between their worlds and races.
The highly charged, volatile, ‘bigger than life’ paranormal storylines, featuring dangerous, ‘bigger than life’ heroes and strong heroines to match them are why I love reading and writing paranormal romance. How about you? What draws you to paranormal stories?
Note: The three stories listed above are the basic romantic storylines in each of my Scions books.