Because it's Halloween this month I'm doing *spooky*!
Let's talk about the Teen Paranormal Phenomenon of the past decade - VAMPIRES are dead, right?! Or are they? Many people might wish vampire novels were done, because it's been an extremely saturated market since the worldwide success of the Twilight
series and all of it's off-shoots. Writers and readers immediately
turned to a werewolf craze. Then zombies. Then faeries and mermaids and
witches. Now it's Dystopian/Apocalyptic type stories of a science
Just yesterday I read about a major book deal for popular author, Holly
Black (Spiderwick Chronicles) who sold a new vampire trilogy set in the
future where vampires live in Cold Towns outside of the mainstream
population. Vampire novels still sell--if they have a new twist.
2011, we're watching the Paranormal genre convolute into new
directions. Teens with secret super-powers. Magical realism. Alternate
realities. As well as Victorian Era paranormals and Steampunk.
the Paranormal Phenomenon an invention of the new Millennium? It might
appear so, but when we take a minute to ponder, we realize that vampire,
werewolf and ghost stories have been around for at least two hundred
years beginning with authors Mary Shelley (Frankenstein) and Bram Stoker
stories (especially when you include that yearning romance) is escapism
at its best. When I was a kid the television show, Dark Shadows, which
was about a vampire in a small town in Maine, was popular and now
enjoys cult status. During the 1970s women--and teens!--gobbled up dark
and stormy Gothic Romances by writers such as Victoria Holt and Mary
Stewart. Or how about the dark and stormy novels Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. No
vampires, to be sure, but they are creepy, and the love stories are
twisted and delicious like any good vampire/werewolf love triangle
today.The old and new generations aren't so different from each other
Lia Keyes, a writer repped by Andrea Brown Literary asked her readers on Facebook whether they preferred the romances of Jane Austen's world or the dangerous romances of Charlotte and Emily Bronte.
herself prefers the Bronte Sisters. She says, "It's the emotions they
evoke in me as a reader. One is primal, the other is polite. Fiction is
for giving into men that you wouldn't give the time of day in real life.
Bronte darkness wormed its way into my teenage soul never to leave. It
speaks to me on a primal level that I can't articulate. It's my form of
horror story, and gives me chills that Austen's chandelier sparkle can't
I agree. Jane Eyre
is all about the danger and the obsession. A dark and almost magical
tale that is pure fantasy. In stories, we have the opportunity to think
about how we would react, how our own lives would be different, and what
WE would do in the same situations. To me, the dark, paranormal
romances contain fantasy on a much more personal level than a book about
dragons or elves."
Here are a few new titles that bring great new twists to the Paranormal Genre and your insatiable teen reader:
VESPERTINE by Saundra Mitchell
the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and
eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety
is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at
sunset-visions that offer glimpses of the future.
one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia's world is thrown into
chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she's not the seer of
dark portents, but the cause.
THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michele Hodkin
Mara cannot remember the accident that took the lives of three of her
friends, but after moving from Rhode Island to Florida, finding love
with Noah and more deaths, she realizes that uncovering something buried
in her memory might save her family and her future.
THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab
children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and a mysterious
boy falls under suspicion as 16 year old Lexi searches for them. As the
hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi's need to know--about
the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind
that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of
a nameless boy.
DIVERGENT by Veronica Wroth
a future Chicago, Beatrice Prior must choose between five predetermined
factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision
made more difficult when she discovers she is an anomaly who does not
fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect
AFTER OBSESSION by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel
and Alan both have unusual pasts and abilities they prefer to keep
hidden. But when they meet each other, in a cold Maine town, they can't
stop their secrets from spilling out. They believe something--or
someone--is haunting them, but they're wrong. Despite their unusual
history and powers, it's neither Aimee nor Alan who is truly haunted.
Alan's cousin Courtney who, in a desperate plea to find her missing
father, has invited a demon into her life--and into her body. Only
together can Aimee and Alan exorcise the ghost. And they have to move
quickly, before it devours not just Courtney but everything around her.
FROST by Marianna Baer
classes get under way, strange happenings begin to bedevil Frost House.
Frames mysteriously falling off walls, doors locking by themselves,
furniture toppling over. Celeste blames the housemates, convinced they
want to scare her into leaving. And while Leena tries to play
peacekeeper between her best friends and new roommate, soon the
mysterious happenings in the dorm, and the reawakening of childhood
fears all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel
safe. But does the threat lie with her new roommate, within Leena's own
mind . . . or in Frost House itself?