Thursday, 21 October 2010

Spotlight on Urban Fantasy: How I discovered the Urban Fantasy genre

I remember to this day how I discovered that such a thing as urban fantasy as a genre existed. It was the autumn of 2008, I was studying abroad and as I didn't have my books near me, I went to the English section of my local library and picked up 3 books based on their covers and blurbs:

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1)

I have always loved supernatural, paranormal movies and series (LOVED Buffy, Roswell, Lois&Clark, Charmed, etc.), I don't know how it never occurred to me that books which treat the same topic must also exist.

But after reading these 3 books, the gates of paranormal literature have opened for me, and since then I discovered that there are many subgenres, that there is a difference between paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels, and that one is sure to find a vast variety of novels taliored to their own personal taste, no matter what they are looking for, be it vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts or fairies. The abundance of paranormal novels is endless.

And how did you discover the urban fantasy genre? Did you fall in love with that first UF book you read or was your first UF read just a "meh" experience (especially now, looking back)?

I have to admit that it was Bitten which tipped me over the edge. I was enchanted by Kelley Armstrong's brilliant writing style, and the sarcasticly biting voice of the heroine as a werewolf narrator won me over to the Women of the Otherworld series.

However * looking around for the sofa so I can hide behind/under after this confession* I was really put off by the Blackdagger Brotherhood. Though the story was a page turner, the ridiculous names (Zsadist, Rhage, etc) just made me roll my eyes too often. And Mr. X?! Please... *now off to dive behind the sofa*

What creatures do you like to read the most about? Are you a vampires forever fan girl or do you think they are too hyped? Or are angels or fairies (the newest players in the genre) your weak spot?

Me personally, my weak spot are shapeshifters, and wolf shifters especially.:-)  Just love that one-mate-for-life possessiveness and faithfullness in them. Also werewolves tend to be demonstrative of their emotions and they are also passionate yet playful. I could go on and on about why wolf shifters are the perfect choice (you can read my list here). I haven't read a novel with acngels or fairies yet, so will have to get back to you on that.

Any suggestions which books I should start my initialisation with?

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