A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Monday, May 10, 2010

Calling All Paranormal Readers!

As I was writing yesterday, a thought came to mind, and so, I've decided to pose these questions to all of you.  I hope you guys will be interested enough to come and answer! :D

  • What genres of writing do you think paranormal romances apply to?
    • A genre of its own
    • Young Adult (ex: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater)
    • Urban Fantasy (ex: Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs)
    • Anything
  • When you read paranormal romances, what do you read them for?
    • the sex
    • the plot
    • the HEA (happily ever after)
    • a combination of all of those
    • or something that I haven't included?
  • When you read paranormal romances that only allude to sex, are you disappointed?  Is that a huge turn off for you, as a reader?
    • Does this only apply to books labeled solely as PNRs, or does this apply to ALL books?

  • When you read paranormal romances, which do you prefer?
    • gratifying sex scenes (sexual tension is included, of course. What kind of gratifying PNRs don't have tension!?)
    • sexual tension only
  • Have you ever read a paranormal romance that only alludes to sex?
    • Note: think of Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series or Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series.  They are paranormal romances first and foremost.

For me personally, I find that I expect sex scenes in PNRs.  However, I've found that in a lot of urban fantasy and YAs that are a combination of the two, the sexual tension is more gratifying than the sex scenes could ever be.

So, what do you all think?

1 comment:

  1. I may be very late to answer your question, but it's definitely an interesting discussion to be had.

    In my opinion paranormal romance is a genre all its own, but like any other genre out there it can be applied to other types of writing. So just like there's suspense novels, romance novels, and romantic suspense novels, there can be fantasy with its own taste of that pnr.

    As for why I read paranormal romances its mostly to find an interesting story. At lot of times with books that have fantasy and paranormal elements there needs to be an interesting back story, a mythology created by the author. So while the things you mentioned above are parts of what I look for in a good paranormal romance, I mostly look for that new world and interesting world that an author worked to create.

    Sex in paranormal romance is almost a given these days, whether its only suggested or spelled out I've come to expect that. I don't read books just for hot sex though. I find that if there is sexual tension beforehand, if the characters don't just give into their desires right away that makes the book better on its own but it also makes that first sex scene more gratifying than if they hadn't held out.

    What do you think about the importance of unique world's behind a book? Gena Showalter's Lord of the Underworld series is a great example for me to use when I think of that.