Writing

But This Is What I Write…

July 27, 2010

I love books, especially books with a love story and a paranormal element. And I also love to write love stories with a paranormal element.

This is a problem, no?

I have always loved paranormal-love stories. In my younger years, while everyone else was trading Pokemon cards, I was watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer rooting for Buffy and Angel. Then I found Charmed and fell in love with Piper and Leo’s relationship and now I invest my time in watching other similar shows and reading books in the same genre. Mostly I’m a romantic at heart and love a good love story and the supernatural has also always interested me more than reality. Side note: I promise I’m not crazy. 🙂

Anyways, I’m always freaking out about the stories that I write and how they may be too similar to the books that are out on the shelves. It’s not that I steal/copy ideas or make it a point to re-tell an already published story (I would NEVER do that). All my ideas are original and my own–and I love them. But the YA paranormal-romance genre is BIG right now and is constantly being added to. I’m worried that my stories don’t have that “extra special something” that will make them stand out. But I’m writing what I want to write and I love the stories/characters I create. I wouldn’t work so hard on them if I didn’t.

So, here’s a question for all my followers/readers is: Do you mind reading books that are similar in the basics? Or are you getting sick of the YA paranormal-romance trend?

And the really important one: Would you buy my book(s) if by a miracle I get published? 🙂

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9 Comments

  • Reply shield maiden July 27, 2010 at 4:34 am

    This is the age old question! What makes a story special/unique. Honestly, paranormal romance along with many other genres have been around since sliced bread (ok, maybe not THAT long but you get where I’m going). Many story lines have been done over and over again. One of the things that makes a story thrive is the originality it has it its world and characters, not just plot or basic backdrop genre. It’s the twist on the world and the characters, and truly, I believe that is what a reader becomes attached to.

    Think about it…what is so unique about JK Rowling’s writing when stories about witches and warlocks have been around for centuries? Why is Twilight so popular when stories revolving around vampires have been around since Bram Stoker’s Dracula?

    If you get published I would buy your book. I am all about supporting new authors. It’s a tough world out there to make a name for yourself :).

  • Reply Tara SG (25 Hour Books) July 27, 2010 at 4:44 am

    I understand why this would bother you and I think you do have more of a challenge writing in this genre now than authors had a few years ago. On the other hand, you will now have a bigger audience interested in paranormal love stories.

    I never pass up a story based on genre. I would definitely check out your story!

  • Reply Vicki July 27, 2010 at 6:53 am

    I don’t mind reading similar books, and I’m actually loving the YA paranormal trend. There really wasn’t enough of it when I was at that age, so I’m thrilled to have the chance to read it now.

    And of course! I’d love to read/buy your books!

  • Reply Milka July 27, 2010 at 7:11 am

    I don’t mind if the books are similar in the basics. Even though the book would be totally similar with some other book, but then there is a twist that changes everything, I don’t mind it at all. And I think that the fact that you are very familiar with the YA paranormal-romance genre might be helpful for you, because you know what is out there and what is “in” at that moment etc.

    And yeah, if you get published I would definitely buy your book(s). 🙂

  • Reply Erika July 27, 2010 at 10:14 am

    there are times when trends in YA feel a bit like overkill, but i always enjoy reading them, even if others may consider them cliche. if a story is well-written and interesting, then it’s a star in its own right 🙂

  • Reply Blueicegal ♥ July 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    of course i would buy them silly its you DJ ! i haven’t really read any of your work *maybe you can send me a some* 😛 i would love to see, and don’t worry, your work is your own, as long as you have dedicated people behind you that’s all that matters! and FYI i was one of those pokemon lovers oh yes lmaoo! 😀

  • Reply Ariel L July 27, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I don’t really mind reading books that are similar in characters, and maybe similar plot lines. Each story that I have read, whether it be vampires, werewolves, angels, or pixies. Each one is different. Each may have a different mythology that they go by. They are all interesting, and sometimes the characters have different flaws, or positive aspects. That is what keeps me reading the same type of story. The characters are what make the story, okay so the plot and the setting might have something to do with it, but it’s all a puzzle, I feel. Trying to put all of that together is a challenge, but I feel inspired by those who take that challenge to write.

    Also, if your book gets published, of course I would buy it and read it! I’d also suggest it to my friends who would also enjoy it! You are a dedicated writer and enjoy what you do. That doesn’t happen very often. 🙂

  • Reply Amanda (Novelty Blog) July 27, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Must you even ASK? Of course I would read/buy it, and more than that, I have a feeling it’ll happen sooner than you think! 🙂

  • Reply Kayla + Cyna August 17, 2010 at 9:09 am

    The plight of a PR fan/aspiring author in the post-Twilight age. I totally get the similar ideas thing. I’ve been thinking of stories (and occasionally writing them) for years and every so often I’ll come across a movie or book and go OMG THEY TOTALLY STOLE THAT FROM MY BRAIN. But it’s the law of averages, I suppose, not to mention that everyone is influenced by something, so it wouldn’t be unusual if you and the people who wrote the stories yours share similarities with were influenced by the same thing/person. It happens.

    For my part, I think that there’s definitely a place out there for more good paranormal romance books, because there are a lot of readers (*raises hand*) who aren’t really into the current trend of tropes and cliches that a lot of the PR books out now like to trot out. I think you definitely need to have a distinguishing characteristic in your books, but your familiarity with the genre is a good thing! Use it to tweak your books, change what you like about the genre and what you don’t!

    I’m not really familiar with your writing style, but hey, if it’s got a good premise, I’m there.

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