Let’s chat about Paranormal Romance. Do you like the genre? Any favorite PNR books to recommend?
Paranormal is my favorite genre, that’s not a secret. I enjoy the fun worlds and interesting creatures in these books. I enjoy the mysteries all the action. I’ve recently learned though that Urban Fantasy (UF) more describes the type of Paranormal books I enjoy, and Paranormal Romance (PNR) is a bit different. To me the lines are kind of blurred, since both of those genre include romantic elements, but I guess Paranormal Romance books focus on the romance over the plot/action. I like my books to have more than just two people fighting their feelings for each other and then finally giving in by the end of the book though, so whether a book is classified PNR or UF does not matter to me as long as the characters are interesting and the book’s plot is fun. I’ve got some favorite PNR or UF series on the recommendations page if you want to see them.
I started reading paranormal romance mainly because of, yep you guessed it, Twilight. And I don’t care what anyone of ya’ll say, I’m still a Twihard! After Twilight, I read some of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, the first book in the Morganville Vampire series, and a few of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I also read A Discovery of Witches. Now, here is the thing… I definitely like vamps and shapeshifters more than witches. I am not really sure why that is, but I get bored with paranormal at times because of the whole element of the unknown. There can be this great conflict and magic or some fantastical creature can come clear out of left field and save the day. NOT COOL! I hate when problems are resolved this way. So entirely frustrating. So I DO enjoy a good paranormal romance every now and again, but it certainly is not my FAVORITE genre.
I looked up the definition of Paranormal Romance on Goodreads to be sure I liked it. I’m not really into vampires and werewolves (The Cullen family being the exception.) Like Julie, I am more into Urban Fantasy. I like the real-world-ness of these books. The fact that around any corner could be daemons, fae, Akiva, or Jericho Barrons. And I always prefer some action and a strong female main character. I think the appeal of this genre is female leads who are action heroines with a side of sexy time.