Vampire or Valkyrie: The Allure of the Paranormal Romance

kresley_coleAnyone who devoured fairy tales as much as I did as a child has to understand the seductive attraction of a world filled with magical creatures with the power to grant wishes and transform hum-drum reality into a fantasy world where anything is possible.

The science fiction genre holds the same appeal for me as fairy tales, which is why I also love futuristic romances. In fact, futuristic romance is a sub-category of the paranormal, which also includes time travel romance. My imagination thrives on the whole concept of visiting a future world with all sorts of miraculous technology and potential for adventure. It’s a world where anything can happen, a place where I can escape when the tedious nature of reality gets me down.

Don’t get me wrong: the paranormal world is not full of sunshine and roses. Vampires drink blood. Werewolves kill people. Even fairies can be evil, like Malificent in Sleeping Beauty. In Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, beserkers have to kill like a thousand people to become immortal, and Valkyries slice the heads off of vampires and goblins without a second thought. And even though they are immortal, immortals can still die, if they are not careful. Danger is everywhere in a paranormal romance.

But there’s just something about the romance between paranormals and/or paranormals and humans that keeps me riveted to my Kindle. Perhaps it’s the whole idea that one’s “perfect mate” is utterly and forever devoted to you that makes me feel that life with a besotted vampire might not be so bad, if a trifle bloody.

What paranormal creature would you like to be if you had the choice? Me, I’d be a Valkyrie. Perhaps they are a bit bloodthirsty and hard-hearted, but once they fall, they fall hard. Not to mention the witty sense of humor and unapologetic materialism, addiction to video games, and fascination for anything that glitters.

Tell me about your favorite paranormal creatures and authors. Do you think Kresley Cole is amazing? Let’s chat!

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