A couple of years ago, the Paranormal section was a tiny bottom-shelf that contained a few of the more popular Anne Rice novels; today it is large and unashamed, encroaching further and further into the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section. Today, I see middle aged male executives walking down the street with a dog-eared copies of Breaking Dawn. There's been a vampire revival and our local QBD and Angus & Robertson bookstores are desperate to cash-in on the trend. I feel so liberated I could skip down the street yelling 'Yippee!'. I can finally go to a bookstore and buy books I want to read! I don't have to order online.
I just have to wonder what took bookstores so long. How many years has the supernatural thing been going on in the US? Probably since the Buffy days and yet it has been steadily ignored in favour of more Literary works here. Aussies like intelligent fiction but thank God we've finally decided to have a little fun. I'm glad we're recognising novels for their entertainment value because reading shouldn't be just a 'smart' person's hobby.
So now, we have J.R. Ward, Laurell K. Hamilton, Christine Feehan, Charlaine Harris, Kerri Arthur, Sherilyn Kenyon and Mary Janice Davidson to choose from. So you may have to forgive me if I submerge myself in this genre for a little while. I have been so deprived and I have some catching up to do!
I think maybe next is the Anita Blake vampire hunter novels. Can anyone recommend them?