Mermaids, Fairies, Witches and Vampires, OH MY!!

I’m beginning to think that I might lack an interest in the human race as a whole. Why else would I always revert back to writing about mystical creatures? I love a good thriller in a movie, survival stories, and general non-fiction. But mostly in films. I almost never read stories of realistic nature unless they are historical fiction. (Lord knows I have a weak spot for Phillipa Gregory even when she gets the history wrong… But I would naturally be critical of that because I am a historian).

I went to Barnes & Noble last weekend because I figured the one thing I need in life is more books (even though I already have quite a few unread ones in my stash, it just looks prettier to have more on my desk. I like looking at the pages that remain unread, so sue me!) And I noticed something. I always head for the YA section, then the fantasy/sci-fi section, followed by the historical fiction/historical non-fiction section. Then I pillage the journals because they have such pretty designs. I never venture into certain types of literature because they remind me too much of the kind of material that was force fed down me in school. And they almost always brought down my GPA. I have a bone to pick with Hawthorne, Harper Lee, and Fitzgerald. All great writers, but I just didn’t get into their material. And not because it wasn’t good quality or worth the read, but because I need something mystical in there to capture my interest.

Bottom line, love humans in films. Almost always find them boring in literature. Maybe there is something wrong with me, but I will always pick up something with witches over the latest crime thriller (even though I really did enjoy ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,’).

They say to read books outside your genre, but what if you can’t even get through the first 50 pages in that said genre?

Does anyone else have this problem? Maybe I’m lacking a sensitivity to completely human characters, or I was born a bit of a dreamer. But I read to escape reality, not to relive it. And stories about normal people for me, always make me relive it. It’s too much work. I want something more to whisk me away.

Maybe I’m biased. But humans are boring sometimes. Give me mermaids, fairies, witches or vampires any day of the week.

4 responses

  1. I’m the same way–always more interested in the paranormal, mystical, etc (and that is what I’m currently writing). My cousin recently gave me a new adult book that is just romance and it is taking everything I have to choke it down. It’s just pages and pages of these two talking, fighting and making out. Where are the vampires? Are there no witches? What about werewolves? Anything to spice this up a bit. But then I know people who love crime novels and wouldn’t touch paranormal. I guess we all like what we like 🙂

  2. So glad that I am not the only one. What is your current book about? Please share! Yeah, I feel the same way about adult books. I read them once in a blue moon when they are exceptionally well written, but I can watch the news and see the same material, you know? Haha!
    I remember in a lot of my writing classes I had to defend what I liked. So I guess that’s why I feel so strongly about it.

    • It’s about a woman who discovers she is linked to the people of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island (from 1587) and finds herself compelled to uncover what happened to them, with the help of a couple friendly ghosts and some friendly and not so friendly vampires. Thanks for asking!

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