I hate Teen Paranormal Romance.
There is so much of this overly redundant genre that it now has its own section at Barnes & Noble.
I was first introduced to this phenomenon when one of my daughters became completely enthralled by Twilight. Now I don’t know for sure if this was the first series of books in this genre, but it seems to be the first to become a plague-like epidemic. They made a movie out of the first book which my daughter saw in the theater with her boyfriend. When it came out on DVD she rented it and we made a girls night of it with my other two daughters and ice cream. After which my other two daughter immediately became enthralled by it as well.
Well my first impression was that it was about a boy following a girl around obsessively just so he could tell her that they shouldn’t be around each other.
But of course the plot does move on from there eventually. But not very far.
I wont go into further details cuz I’m assuming that unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past three years or so, you know the general idea behind the Twilight series. So to make a long story short, I agreed that the story was romantic (if a bit far-fetched, even for a vampire story) and I was coerced into reading the books. And it just so happened that it started to rain like it was monsoon season as soon as I started and didn’t stop for a moment the entire week I spent reading them. Which is funny cuz the story takes place in Washington state and its raining almost constantly thru the whole series.
So I did enjoy the Twilight books. Altho Bella strikes me as a somewhat weak and pathetic role model for the target audience of teenage girls.
But anyways, now it seems like every single book that has come out since is based on the same formula. The market is over saturated with these carbon copy clichés.
Human and non-human fall in love. Or two non-humans from feuding groups or of different species. Either way, despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles they are determined to make their love work…but wait…whats this…a misunderstanding…all is seemingly lost…one of them must surely die now as a result, but lo and behold, at the last possible moment, the day is saved and everyone lives happily ever after.
It’s really annoying, because every month when I go thru the list of books that Library Thing has available for their Early Reviewers program, it seems like half of them are these damn teen paranormal romances. I even got tricked into reviewing one once because the write-up on it was misleading. It sounded more like a horror novel. And since I put it on the list of books I was interested in reviewing, I had to read it and review it or else I risked not being chosen to review another book. And I like doing reviews. It means I get a free book that’s not even on the market yet. Im in the process of reading my fifth book to review for Library Thing. That’s five free books. You can’t go wrong with free books.
So anyways. Enough already. The genre has been beaten into the ground. There is absolutely nothing new to be done with it. I know it seems like a cash cow that can be milked into perpetuity, but all good things do eventually come to an end.
So all you writers of teen fiction, its time to come up with……………
wait for it……………………………
A NEW IDEA.
Shocking, I know, but true.