So I have had a recent run of books that have been pretty terrible lately. Really terrible books all being in the Paranormal Romance genre. At first I started thinking, is it me? Am I just burned out and am being negative? OR, I have just had a seriously bad run of books. ESPECIALLY the Paranormal Romance genre. I am at the point I don't want to pick up any again for awhile. Actually, they have killed the entire romance field for me. I have never really been a huge romance/erotica fan anyways but I do like my books to have a strong lead, strong story and plot with some sexual tension and some steamy romance BUT I want those scenes to be part of the story NOT be the weight of the story, like a good herb: it compliments without overpowering.
When I was thinking it was me, I picked up "A Game of Thrones" by George RR Martin and inhaled the nearly 900 pages WITHOUT rolling my eyes ONCE! Then, I began "Mistborn" by Brandon Sanderson and have been inhaling it since then. Then I looked back to some of the books I have read an enjoyed lately : The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, The Whole Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris, Doppelgangster by Laura Resnick, Deadtown by Nancy Holzner, Trick of the Light by Rob Thurman by Stieg Larsson, The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay and some recent Georgette Heyer books I read (among many others). Nope it's not me. Especially when I was reading so many great reviews on the books I thought were just weak, weak and more weak and thought Hmmmm. Am I being a snob or are these reviewers even telling the truth? I know, I know... different strokes for different folks.
Here's the issue: Paranormal/Urban Fantasies are flying off the shelves like CRAZY. Authors and publishers are pumping out these books faster then the pumping going on in some of them and feeding the craze without any consideration for plot, character development, dialogue and imagery (except the ABS & PECS on the covers).
A few questions:
What is your observation of the current paranormal genre crazy? Is quantity over quality?
What is your opinion of reviewers who give every book they read a glowing review?
Just some thoughts...