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Friday, November 17, 2017

My Ramblings: Are Vampires & Werewolves Finally Dead?

Are Vampires & Werewolves Finally Dead?

I've been hearing that the vampire and werewolf genre (paranormal romance genre in general) has died for years now and strangely I'm still finding and reading newly released books in this genre for the last decade or so. I can agree that it has become less popular and maybe a tad bit socially unacceptable, but it's far from dead. Ever since the 'Twilight" movies concluded everyone assumes the genre as a whole simply poofed out of existence. I've realized that some people seem to think that just because it's 'out of style' (in a sense) that everyone who loves it/has ever loved it died right along with them.

Surprisingly this is something that gets under my skin. When asked what I like to do for fun, my answer will usually be reading. The next question that comes out is, "Well, what do you like to read then?". It seems people assume that I adore classics or something because when I say paranormal romance they're all of a sudden taken aback and think I'm reading something along the lines of 50 Shades Of Grey. It's perfectly fine to read those types of books but it isn't my cup of tea. I'm not here to shame anyone's taste in books. However, I'd love to understand how they get to that conclusion. Then again, I've never read 50 Shades Of Grey, are there vampires somewhere in there and I'm the only one who hasn't heard of it? 

In conclusion, it seems that declaring a specific genre 'dead' is somewhat of a fad. Everything at one point will go into obscurity and eventually make a come back. It's like the fashion world, everything is cyclical. At the end of the day, I'm reading what makes my twisted little heart happy. I don't see why everything we do has to be socially acceptable. Tastes will vary from person to person and you shouldn't judge what people like to read on their own time.

Do you like the paranormal romance genre?
Have you ever been "shamed" for reading a specific type of book?
Let me know in the comments below!

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