Paranormal-Romance

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We might have mentioned before how much we love science fiction, and the fact that this year’s summer reading theme is Science. Actually: Science!! It needs an exclamation point. 

So, we’ve put together a really, really, incredibly huge booklist (working title? The Hive) for fans of science and fantasy fiction - and we added a little something extra, since, if you’re anything like us, when you love reading a genre, you love to watch films and shows, and play video games, in that same genre. 

And if you’re playing Reading Bingo this summer with us for Summer Reading - or if you’re planning to take part in our Summer Fling (With a Book)! matchmaking program - then these books will definitely see you through summer and beyond!

Lazy Angel Plotlines I am Tried of Seeing in Media

So in my brief time on this Earth I have consumed a lot of lackluster angel-related media, and in order to save baby writers from making the same mistakes over again, I offer you a concise list of the most annoying, lazy choices you can possible make when writing angelic beings. 

  1. We have angels but God is dead/absent/done with putting up with humanity’s shit/cannot be contacted.  In the words of youngsaminamerica: “if you wanna write people with wings, that’s fine. Do the James Patterson thing and make them genetically engineered or something. But don’t call them angels unless you’re ready to go all-out divinity”. If you wanna play in the angel sandbox you’re gonna have to at least step into the God sandbox. They are a package deal. You can do virtually anything you want to do with this relationship (although #2 and #3 seem to be popular) but it is a relationship you have to deal with. Angels are created by, close to, and work for God. Presumably, they see Him pretty damn often. Having them wrestle with/discuss/nurture/injure this relationship is way more interesting than the angelic equivalent of “Dad’s on a hunting trip, he hasn’t been home in a few days”. 
  2. Angels are so righteous and obsessed with holiness that they are actually horrifying creatures who get really excited about mass cleanses of the human race. This isn’t an awful idea, “every angel is terrifying” after all, but it gets overused a ton, and I think it’s a really backhanded and incomplete way of expressing an (understandable) fear of God’s wrath and anger with His decrees and unwillingness to trust that He is really all good. Which is a totally valid emotion that I would love to see explored in media in a way that isn’t reductive, lazy, and unhelpful, which brings us to-
  3. Angels somehow can wreck shit on Earth without arousing God’s attention or discipline, and have this weird free reign to do whatever they want, usually #2. This makes no damn sense. Whenever I see angels setting fire to Earth in movies I’m just like “Where’s if your father?!” “Who signed your ground visa?!” “Who’s orders are these?!” They’re the orders of Hollywood to blow as much shit up as possible without actually engaging with the idea that God interacts with us is what they are. Using angels to wreak havoc takes away the agency of both humans and God, and our relationship is where the attention should be falling. Angels want what’s good for us, presumably, and they do what God tells them, with debatable amounts of free will to spice the dish, so we shouldn’t bitch about the messengers when our real beef is with the One who sent the message. Engage with your anger with God directly or get out of my house.
  4. For some reason celestial ageless beings of light fall romantically in love with random humans, often forsaking heaven in the process. Alright, I can’t bitch too much about this one because, according to Enoch and Genesis, this actually happened at one point in time, but that is a sticky tale we don’t have time to get into here and it is not the norm. But, paranormal romance writers, you expect me to believe that a cosmic being in perfect intimacy with the Godhead would give that up for sex with some random chick that somehow has managed to catch his eye despite the fact that he has probably encountered millions of humans over his lifespan? Add to this the fact that sex is just a taste of perfect unity with the Godhead which is way more full and satisfying, not to mention the fact that a specific human would have virtually nothing to offer an angel outside of their own novelty? Not to mention that the way writers treat sex as this powerful unholy thing that will tempt you away from the Lord is super gross? Sex is good, lust is not, and sex was made for humans, so say thank you for the gift and stop trying to pit God against it. Giving up wings/immortality/grace for a fling with a flawed creature isn’t romantic, it’s stupid as shit. Like we need more romance narratives about how romantic love is better than our well being, better than the divine, and worth throwing away our lives for.

I’m not saying you can’t use these tropes or that they can’t be done well, or even that my opinion on the whole matter should hold any sway over people’s creative expression, but man, I would like to see a little more diversity with my angels, Hollywood. I know we don’t actually know that much at all about how angels work but could we at least try to build a cohesive world around them?

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Mom Recommends
After two months of badgering my mother, she finally wrote down some recommendations for me to make into a second post! Enjoy!

Fantasy

  1. Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce
  2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  3. Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
  4. The Dragon and the George by Gordon R Dickson
  5. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Mystery

  1. Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow
  2. Louis Kincaid series by P.J. Parrish
  3. Charlie Parker series by John Connolly
  4. Hunting Season by P.T. Deutermann
  5. Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods

Horror

  1. Ghost Story by Peter Straub
  2. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  3. It by Stephen King
  4. Summer of Night by Dan Simmons
  5. Swan Song by Robert McCammon

Paranormal Romance

  1. Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton
  2. Meredith Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton
  3. Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance
  4. Dorina Basarab series by Karen Chance
  5. Greywalker by Kat Richardson
Surrender

“She wanted to be his in every way and was tired of always doing the right thing, always being in control and following the rules. Damn the rules right now. For the first time she was ready to surrender to someone, to him and be under his complete control. So Sophie jumped in the deep end and hoped to god Bo would catch her.” Atomizer, Book Two of the De Novo Chronicles

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