Last month, the authors at Here Be Magic conjured up numerous giveaways to celebrate the enchantment of October, and for some of those who entered, you also weighed in on which paranormal/fantasy tropes are your favorites. You've spoken, and the results are in! We had 155 answers to the question "What's your favorite type of paranormal or fantasy story to read?" and I've tallied up the top five answers. We heard everything from harpies and witches to angels and demons. So which ones are most popular (according to our fabulous followers)?
No. 5: Ghosts | Werewolves | Magic
That's right. These three themes shared an equal number of votes to come in at fifth place. And why not? They're all awesome!
Ghosts: The Stubborn Dead by Natasha Hoar; Allegra Fairweather: Paranormal Investigator by Janni Nell
Magic: The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt; Three Wishes by Jenny Schwartz; Motor City Witch by Cindy Spencer Pape; The Goblin King by Shona Husk; Rogue's Pawn by Jeffe Kennedy
Werewolves: Hunter's Moon by Loribelle Hunt; Right Wolf, Right Time by Marie Harte; Motor City Wolf by Cindy Spencer Pape; Howling Sacrifices by J.K. Coi
Magic AND Werewolves: Pack and Coven by Jody Wallace; Quarter Square by David Bridger
No. 4: Shifters
Different from your plain ole ordinary werewolves, shifters come in all forms —panthers, cougars, bears. You name the animal, and there's probably a shifter story somewhere out there for you.
Blood of the Pride by Sheryl Nantus; Deceiving the Protector by Dee Tenorio; Mercy by Eleri Stone
No. 3: Fairies
Tinkerbell isn't just a popular Disney character, it seems. The Fae folk have enchanted readers, too! (I'll let you bash it out amongst yourselves as to whether it's faery or fairy)
Heart of the Druid Laird by Barbara Longley; Motor City Fae by Cindy Spencer Pape
No. 2: Time Travel
Almost our No. 1 answer (separated only by six votes), tales of time traveling adventurers have sparked the interest of many of our readers.
Knight of Runes by Ruth A. Casie
No. 1: Vampires
Does this surprise anyone? Didn't think so. It seems vampires continue to retain their crown as the most popular theme in paranormal/fantasy fiction.
In the Dark by PG Forte; Don't Bite the Messenger by Regan Summers; Altered Destiny by Shawna Thomas; Kiss of Death by Seleste Delaney
What do you think of these results? Agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The top 5 favorite paranormal/fantasy tropes (survey results!)
Posted by: Angela Campbell
Labels: fairies, ghosts, Magic, popular themes in fiction, shifters, time travel, vampires, werewolves
An eclectic reader who loves almost every genre, Angela Campbell read her first romance novel at 16 and immediately endeavored to write one, too. Many offbeat attempts (and a couple of decades) later, she finally published her first novel and now writes thrilling romantic paranormal suspense stories full of humor and fluff (cats and dogs). Learn more about her books at www.angelacampbellonline.