YA 101: Paranormal Romance


Update to this post:  August 9, 2017

It has come to my attention that my post I wrote in July 2013 was eerily the same as a post someone else wrote in June 2013. I have read that article and I have to admit, it is eerily the same. The only thing I can think that happened was the speaker at a writer’s group used this other blog post as her talking points, I took the notes, and wrote a blog about it. While my words were not exactly the same as the other author’s, it was close enough for me to rethink my post and remove it so there would be no question of plagiarism, etc. I had never even heard of the other blogger nor had I ever seen her post; however, seeing as it was written before mine, I am removing my post. Here is the link to K.A.E. Grove’s original article.

My apologies to K.A.E. Grove for any unintended similarities.

https://web.archive.org/web/20160318090340/http://hubpages.com:80/literature/Writing-Paranormal-Romance-5-Tips-To-Remember

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15 thoughts on “YA 101: Paranormal Romance

    1. I haven’t read them but my sister-in-law is hooked and has been trying for a while to get me to read them. I have to admit…I’m not a big vampire person but I should give them a try.

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  1. If I can add one more, I’d say don’t give your characters a life outside of each other and don’t have them fall in love with each other too fast. But then again, I see the exact opposite of this in a lot of paranormal romance novels I’ve come across.

    Let me clarify: I think it’s fine for the characters to be attracted to each other when they first meet. I think everyone wants to believe when they’ll know Mr./Mrs. Right as soon as they meet them. But that doesn’t mean the characters have to be at the “I would die for you if need be” stage within the first few pages of the novel. I’d rather see the romance grow. I want to see legitimate obstacles, especially if the romance conflicts with one of the characters main objectives (going back to the characters having a life outside of each other).

    Famous example, Beauty and the Beast. While they didn’t have the attraction at first sight element, they did have to work on their relationship before they became completely enthralled with one another. That kind of romance stands out to me as more memorable.

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    1. I think this works in adult paranormal romance. Teens, as you know, want it now. I do think the relationship needs to grow and it takes a good author to pace the relationship to keep the interest of the young reader while still giving them the ‘now’ factor. Thank you for your insightful response. I love it and I agree with it completely! 🙂

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      1. Where I agree that teens “want it now” I think I agree with B.P. that a little “chase” is noteworthy. If one falls in love a little faster than the other, or they are both in love and one plays a little hard to get (only for a good reason) those can be great conflicts that keep the pages turning.

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      2. Yes, how I could forget the now factor? Also, stretching it out too much can make the romance melodramatic. I’ll have to give my own writing a second look now to see how well I balance both. And thank you for creating this post.

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  2. Personally, I loved the Percy Jackson series. The movie left a lot to be desired, but loved the books. The Trylle series has been enjoyable as well, although it took me half way through the first book to really begin to sink into it. I’m sure I have plenty more, lol, just can’t think of them all at the moment. 😛

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