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? 🙂