Can Paranormals Be Funny?
When you think of paranormal romance, the first thing
that comes to mind are strong, alpha male werewolves who make us want
to howl at the moon and dark, brooding vampires who have us baring our
necks and saying “Ooo, baby. Bite me. Bite me!” So you might ask, with
all this oozing dark sensuality, can paranormals be funny? I say “Absolutely!”
Imagine, if you will, that tall, dark and handsome
hero with the pointy teeth I just mentioned--what if the object of his
affections is a hemophiliac? Could make those love hickies he gives
her a bit messy--not to mention life threatening--don’t ya think? Or
what if your heroine has serious allergy issues, then falls for a guy
who gets hairy once a month? The fact that she has a major sneezing
fit every time her werewolf boyfriend tries to snuggle up could make
for some very funny moments. Or how about a novice witch who turns her
boyfriend into a toad every time she gets aroused? Or what if your mortal
hero has the hots for the sexy little ghost haunting the castle he’s
just inherited, but every time he tries to make love to her, he falls
through her onto the bed? Any and all of these could make for some very
funny situations. Okay, funny for us readers and writers, not so funny
for our poor hero and heroine who have to deal with these little bumps
in the night.
But does getting giggles with your romance mean you
have to sacrifice the dark, sexy element that we’ve come to associate
with paranormals? Of course not--not if it’s done right. Just check
out some of the authors who manage to give us both and do it very well:
from the light . . .
Lisa Cach, Kathy Love, Minda Webber, Sandra Hill, MaryJanice Davidson,
Katie MacAlister, Lynsay Sands
to the dark . . .
Karen Marie Moning, Nina Bangs, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and even early Laurel
K. Hamilton (if you like dry sarcasm)
So here's to the authors who manage to scare us and
make us laugh at the same time. More power to ya!
P.S. A gold star for anyone who recognizes the famous
'love scene' pictured at the start of this post *G*
© 2007 Lori Dillon