Aug 19 2011 10:30am

Burnt Out on Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy

Ain’t She Sweet? by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsAfter reading back-to-back Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, one needs a break. At least I do. I have a few authors I usually turn to right away by checking to see if they have a new release. If not, an old standby will suffice. I find I go one of two ways when I am a bit burnt out, sobbing or laughing.

My top three:

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Jen Lancaster
Kristan Higgins

I need to have the funnies when I have been swamped in the deep dark worlds I love so much. These three ladies, no fail, make me bust a gut laughing. I find after months of reading darkness, I always grab a contemporary that will make me laugh. The stories are usually ones you’ve lived through yourself or know someone who has been in a similar situation. Or so over the top you can’t help but laugh uncontrollably.

Another group that gets me out of my funk:

Judy Blume
V. C. Andrews

Summer Sisters by Judy BlumeNothing like going a little old school to make you remember why you love to read. My copy of Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters looks like it’s been in the bathtub and the washing machine. It probably has and no fail, it still makes me cry. I had to replace my V. C. Andrews sets last year, since we all know our first copies came from older sisters or mothers.

Those two authors bring me straight back to my “innocent” days, where you sometimes hid what you were reading (V. C. Andrews) or hid your face because you are sobbing over a fictional character.

Do you genre hop after a marathon session of back to back in one genre? Have any old standby’s that help you out of your funk? Want to share some recommended reading to the class?


Natasha Carty reviews Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy on her website Wicked Little Pixie and lives in Toronto, Canada, with her cat, Seamus.

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Megan Frampton
1. MFrampton
You know, I don't get burnt out because I genre-hop so much in the first place--I might read romance pnr, UF, romance historical, non-romance SF/F, romance PNR, non-romance mystery, etc. But one thing I do make sure of is that I have a sure thing for certain times, like trips or bad emotional states. No taking risks on new authors then.
Carmen Pinzon
2. bungluna
I hop all over the genre map also, but I do have a shelf of keepers with which I find refuge after reading a crappy book. It covers the gamut and include all sorts of genre, because I never know when I'm going to need a reminder of just what a good book is really like.
Laura K. Curtis
3. LauraKCurtis
Ain't She Sweet is my never-fail recommendation to people who have never read a romance but aren't opposed to it. (The ones who are opposed I start with romantic suspense as a rule.) Of course that does make it a BIT problematic because, really, where do you go from there? But generally they're at least happy with the recommendation!

I don't read paranormal romance. I would love to stick to nothing but contemporary and romantic suspense, but there's just not enough available to do so, so I read historical as well (along with mysteries, thrillers, epic fantasy...).
Natasha Carty
4. WickedLilPixie
@ Megan - I wish I had the time to genre hop more then I do :( @Bungluna - Very true! @Laura - I looove SEP, Dakota Cassidy introduced me to her and I've never looked back.
Pamela Webb-Elliott
5. Spaz
I don't genre-hop often, as you know, I am pretty much stricly UF and PNR with an occassional Rom Susp or Erotica thrown in. That being said, am really in a reading funk this weekend. I think I'm gonna read You Dropped a Blonde on Me :P But I sure do love Judy Blume so I need to check that out!
Kiersten Fay
6. Kiersten Fay
I don't think I can ever get tired or PNR, and just as spazp said above, I don't usually go genre-hopping. :) But there is that rare every-so-often moment where I seek out sci-fi.
Tara B
7. box5angel
I genre hop all the time but I do read paranormal romance/urban fantasy more than any other genre, so if I do happen to get burnt out on that genre, I turn to mystery/thriller/suspense or action-adventure/lost city/treasure type novels.

Yes, the m/t/s is still dark but no magic, vamps, wolves, fairies, etc. lol
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