Paranormal Romance

Hello Dear Avid Readers,

As most of you already know, my favourite genre is Paranormal Romance – or PNR for short. You only have to do a quick search of my blog to see that it’s my favourite genre; I’ve used the paranormal romance tag over 200 times at the time of typing this!

But what is Paranormal Romance, well, according to Wikipedia;

Paranormal romance is a sub-genre of both romantic fiction and speculative fiction, i.e. fantasy, science fiction, horror.
Although all paranormal romances have a romantic love aspect, the style can range from a traditional romance, such as those published by Harlequin Mills & Boon, but a paranormal setting or where the characters have supernatural abilities (e.g. telekinesis, some form of pre-cognition, telepathy, etc), to complete stories where the main emphasis is on a science fiction or fantasy-based plot but with a romantic sub-plot.

As the name suggests, paranormal romance focuses on love and relationships and includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation (the paranormal bit) while blending together themes from the genres of urban fantasy, traditional fantasy, science fiction or horror. This mean that, paranormal romance story-lines can be full of; suspense, action, fear, chills, mystery, drama, thrills or humour – there really is no limit!

Some of my favourite PNR authors ensure that the romance IS the central part of their plots but also give their readers gripping sub-plots that cross-over other genres. Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while will know three of my favourite authors are Felicity Heaton, Dianne Duvall and Teresa Gabelman.

To help readers chose the type of story that best suits their tastes, a variety of sub genres have grown;

DARK PARANORMAL: These stories include paranormal happenings as a major element of the plot and contain ominous overtones.

LIGHT PARANORMAL: These stories include paranormal happenings as a major element of the plot and are lighter in tone.

SCI FI & FUTURISTIC: These stories may be set in an alternate reality or in the future, and include elements such as technological advancements, space travel, and aliens. NOTE: Time Travel by scientific means (e.g., a time machine or wormhole) falls in this category.

FANTASY: These stories may be, but are not limited to, settings in the past, and include mythical creatures and magical elements. NOTE: Time Travel by magical means (e.g., an imbued object or supernatural portal) falls in this category.

URBAN FANTASY: These stories take place in contemporary urban settings and include mythical creatures and magical elements.

STEAMPUNK:  These stories typically feature Victorian era or American Old West style and sensibilities, advanced steam-powered machinery, and alternate histories. They may take place in a historical, contemporary, futuristic, or otherworldly setting.

EROTIC: These are paranormal stories in which explicit sensuality is inherent to the work. They may take place in a historical, contemporary, futuristic, or otherworldly setting.

HISTORICAL: These are paranormal stories that take place in the past, from ancient times to World War II.

YOUNG ADULT: These are paranormal stories that are appropriate for teen readers, featuring main characters in high school or of equivalent ages (14-18). They may take place in a historical, contemporary, futuristic, or otherworldly setting.

NEW ADULT: These are paranormal stories that feature main characters in college or of equivalent ages (18-24). They may take place in a historical, contemporary, futuristic, or otherworldly setting.

Then once you’ve worked out what sub-genre you like, you can choose from a range of species for your protagonists; humans, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, fairies, demons, witches, sorcerers, ghosts and any other being of a supernatural or otherworldly nature that an author can imagine.

Paranormal Romance is such a wide reaching genre that I feel there’s a PNR book out there for everyone! If you haven’t read one yet, put aside your preconceived ideas and take the plunge into the supernatural. Your next favourite book is out there…

(Yes, I was a fan of The X-Files too. Lol! 😉  )