So, in the interest of researching genres, I picked up a paranormal romance someone had recommended on Goodreads. I couldn’t hang in there. I tried because it had a cute premise among other interesting things. Too many problems, though, starting with…the start. It was the wrong place to start a story. And the dialogue sucked. And the profanity was just too thick (if it were a movie it would get an R rating for the f-bombs alone). I gave up.
Then, because the only reason I had checked it out of the library was to get a feel for the genre, I tried to skim it. That’s when I saw what sex scenes in paranormal romance had become.
It really is porn for women, now.
Even the risque romances I read when I was younger weren’t like the scenes in that book. I knew that erotic romance had become big, I just didn’t know that more mainstream books would try to compensate by becoming just as, um, clear. I’m pretty sure there are sweet paranormals out there. I’m just starting to wonder if they’re all classified now as YA. Hmmm. Must do more research in the YA category. Amanda Hocking maybe?
[insert sigh] At least now I know what category my short should go in. Fantasy. With a strong dose of romance. I’ll have to make sure the description conveys that so that I don’t get teen boys who are expecting bloodshed and horror and instead get kissing scenes.