Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Could someone shine a light on the dark paranormal?

Dark paranormal. Everyone wants em. But I'm not sure what it is everyone wants. As a grittily determined author clawing toward first publication, it's a source of frustration.

What I think of as "dark" may be dismissed as just weird. Or too tame. Or (probably) oh-my-God-how-can-you-even-consider-putting-something-that-gross-in-a-romance-novel?

So what the heck is going through your minds, editors and agents?

  • Are you looking for the that classic noir feel, with the jaded narrative voice backed up by smoky saxophones and slow-walking baselines?


  • Are you looking for the hero and heroine to overcome life-or-death, or worse-than-death, jeopardy to find their happy ending??


  • Do you want the reader to be on the edge of her seat, wondering if the hero will win the heroine's heart or just rip out her throat?


  • Do you need one of the lovers to be a paranormal person, or can they both be human fighting a great mucking evil?


  • Are you looking for epic-poetic internal discourses about the anguish of sucking blood? (Please no, as I reader I beg you not more of that!) Or, you know, sucking anything? (This is a much better option.)


  • Or are you looking for Clive Barker-esque or Hannibal-and-Clarise-ish where the important people actually end up happily together? (Because that's what I want to read, baby.)


  • Someone deliver me from confusion!

    2 comments:

    Rowena Cherry said...

    Is this question only for editors and agents?

    I heard that there is someone looking desperately for Dark, but I can't recall who she is?

    Your comment about the anguish of sucking blood appealed to me. Shouldn't they "like" to do it? Is there a third possibility? I mean, if that's a vampire's normal dietary routine, wouldn't they enjoy it and emote about it as much as we enjoy putting a fork between our lips.

    Best wishes
    Rowena Cherry

    SpecRom Joyce said...

    >>I mean, if that's a vampire's normal dietary routine, wouldn't they enjoy it and emote about it as much as we enjoy putting a fork between our lips.<<

    Yes, yes and yes again! That's why I am no big fan of the self-hating, angsty vampire.

    And a girl can hope an agent or editor would suddenly pop in and provide insight. hehe

    Joyce