Paranormal Romance has blossomed in the last ten years, with stories of hapless humans falling in love with mysterious supernatural creatures like vampires and werewolves becoming some of the most popular books, films and TV shows around. Maybe you’re looking for something in the same vein as Twilight or Teen Wolf, or just want to see what all the fuss is about. Either way, try these paranormal romances for a swoon-worthy read.
While Twilight was far from the first paranormal romance, it’s the book that kickstarted a phenomenon. Love it or hate it, it’s here to stay, and has a loyal following around the world. Meyer’s tale of a shy girl who becomes the object of a supernatural passion has caused millions of readers to fall for intense vampire Edward Cullen or passionate werewolf Jacob Black, and has only got more famous with the release of the extremely popular film series based on the books. Am I Team Edward or Team Jacob? That would be telling, but you’ll have an opinion by the end. Read the rest of the Twilight Saga in the Information Store as well.
Before Twilight came The Vampire Diaries, a series about a teenage girl called Elena who is torn between two undead brothers, Stefan and Damon Salvatore. The strange thing is that Elena looks almost exactly like the girl both brothers loved in the past, Katherine. Stefan is fighting the urge to drink human blood, tormented by his past, and Damon embraces his temptations, trying to tempt his brother into losing control. Will she end up with the nice guy or the bad boy? Read the first novel in the series, Awakening, or the continuing story in the rest of the series, to find out!
Twilight and The Vampire Diaries are series involving a number of connected characters, but for a rather different approach to the paranormal romance genre, enter the Night World, by the same writer as The Vampire Diaries. Each book is about a different character finding their soulmate among the witches, werewolves, vampires and shapeshifters that live in the Night World, which makes them quick and fun without requiring you to follow too many big plotlines. You can pick them up at any point in the series and move on to another series without worrying about losing your place! We also have Volumes 2 and 3 if you want to read more about the Night World.
Tired of vampires? Werewolves are trickier but Maggie Stiefvater hits the right note with her series, ‘The Wolves of Mercy Falls’. A modern fairy tale, Shiver tells the story of a werewolf who falls in love with a human girl, but in Mercy Falls, a series of wolf attacks lead the townspeople, including members of the heroine’s family, to mount a hunt. Meanwhile, supernatural politics abound in the werewolf pack. Can the lovers stay together despite the forces trying to tear them apart? We also have Linger, the next book in the series.
It seems that vampires and werewolves may be over done now, so Becca Fitzpatrick tried something new with Hush, Hush, a romance about a fallen angel. Nora and Patch, a human girl and a fallen angel respectively, get caught up in the politics of angels and demons, with Nora right in the middle. Part supernatural thriller and part romance, Hush, Hush is a revamp of the much-done ‘girl meets supernatural boy’ formula. Follow the further adventures of Nora and Patch in Crescendo, the sequel, also in the Information Store.
Anne Rice was one of the first authors to do paranormal romance with her series about vampires, starting with Interview with the Vampire, which was also the first appearance of her iconic vampire anti-hero Lestat. In Blackwood Farm, a vampire called Tarquin ‘Quinn’ Blackwood is pursued by a spirit and enlists Lestat’s help in getting rid of it. Together they uncover the mystery of what (or who) this spirit is and learn more about each other along the way. A bit of a warning though – Anne Rice’s books have more mature content than the other books on this list.
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Watch the big screen adaptations of the Twilight series, which are stylish and give fans the chance to see Edward, Bella and Jacob’s romance on film. Alternatively, for something you can really sink your teeth into, try the adaptation of Interview With the Vampire, with Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and a very young Kirsten Dunst, though please be aware that Interview With the Vampire is an 18 certificate. (Both in the DVD LOBBY at 791.43)
Try Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series (BOOK ZONE 823.92) and the film adaptation of the same name (DVD LOBBY 791.43). The Hunger Games is very far from vampires, witches and werewolves, but it’s a fantastic young adult series with dark undertones and a tough heroine.
Read the most famous vampire story ever: Dracula by Bram Stoker. Before Twilight and Anne Rice came this story, told through diary entries, of a group of friends plagued by a terrifying and ancient vampire (BOOK ZONE 823.91).