Contemporary or Paranormal to Soothe the Foul Mood?
I know, I know. It’s a nauseatingly familiar question—what’s your favorite romance genre? But I want to ask it a bit differently, and narrow it down to just two genres. What’s your mood been for lately—real characters or those of the paranormal variety? Settings that you feel like you live in or could visit tomorrow, or the fantasy realms?
If you’re like me, you enjoy both genres depending upon your mood and circumstances. There are some things that are affecting us all presently, however: a bleak economic landscape, for one. In addition, a good portion of the United States and Canada has been hit by the bitterest, most grueling winter weather in people’s memories.
The publishing optimists proclaim that books thrive in such a climate. Times get tough, and people escape with a good book. I’m going to assume that’s true for the sake of argument for the moment. My question is, what would your chosen escape be during this bleak winter of 2009? I’d like to take a quick pulse of the romance community, a very informal and unscientific poll right here today.
Imagine that you just had a really rough day. It shouldn’t be hard. We all have them, right? Here in Chicago, mine have usually been associated with mountains of snow, treacherous driving conditions and mind-numbing traffic. I’m sure you can fill in the blank with your pet peeve. Anyway…you finally get home and have the opportunity to curl up next to your TBR pile.
Just off the top of your head, what do you pick out? I know so many factors go into your decision, but I’m just curious. Would a contemporary or paranormal do the trick? Has your answer changed from last year at this time?
What about for television shows and movies? Same conditions, what would you like to watch to settle your foul mood? A contemporary drama or comedy, or something of the paranormal/fantasy variety?