I've always been a huge fan of the paranormal, ever since I can remember. Vampires mainly, but I also like werewolves, ghosts, angels, everything really. I like it in TV most, but I'll take books and films too. Recently I've found myself becoming bored with paranormal when it comes to YA books, and I wondered if it's just me. There's a chance I've just read too much of it but I've noticed a steady decline in paranormal titles read over the last year and a half, so maybe not.
Twilight really started me off reading more YA and exploring all kinds of genres within that age range. I love that series with a passion (yes, even now) though I'll refrain from mentioning Breaking Dawn as I don't think it's worthy of being classed as part of the series. These days, dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels are huge, and fantasy (especially dragons) seems to be making its mark on unsuspecting YA readers. So where does that leave paranormal? There are still plenty of titles being published - some part of a series like Becca Fitzpatrick's Finale, the last part of the Hush, Hush sequence - others are standalones (very rarely, it seems). But are readers still clamouring for more?
The only paranormal novel I've bought recently is Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. I like the cover and the sound of the plot, so I thought I'd give it a go on my Kindle. Whether it's good or not, I don't know, but reviews so far are positive. I think one of my main problems is that I read quite a few novels in this genre that didn't hold my interest and seemed to be too similar to other books. Weeding out the good from the bad can be a difficult task, which is why I rely so heavily on Amazon, Goodreads and fellow blogger's reviews.
A fairly recent book I enjoyed along these lines is Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. It's about zombies so falls into my supernatural criteria, but it's also horror with a bit of post-apoc chucked in there for good measure. It kept me on my toes, the characters are brilliant and it somewhat restored my faith in the genre. Others I'm looking forward to reading are The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (vampires), Unrest by Michelle Harrison (ghosts), Deadly Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock (werewolves) and Zom-B by Darren Shan. All of these books just happen to be published by Simon & Schuster in the UK who are, in my opinion, still the best for paranormal and supernatural YA reads. I'm hoping I enjoy all of these and that they might inspire me to get back to reading more of this genre I usually enjoy so much.
What I want to know is are you past paranormal? Have you found genres you enjoy more, or do you just think it's been done to death? I know YA crazes come and go (I'm listening to the Game of Thrones soundtrack as I type this which should give you some indication of my current genre preference), but I thought this one would have lasted longer. Instead The Hunger Games blew Twilight out of the water, kick-ass female warriors are the new vampires and mermaids seem to be all but forgotten. Have people had enough thanks to the success of franchises like The Twilight Saga, has the helpless female heroine been overdone or are there just bigger and better ideas out there? I'm interested to find out.