“Y” So Many Paranormal Romances? – A Short Rant

I’m in high school. Apparently a magical thing happened when I entered high school. Suddenly the only kinds of books I wanted to read were paranormal romances and supernatural love affairs! (By paranormal, I mean werewolves, vampires, ghosts, etc. Elves, dwarves, and dragons are neither supernatural nor paranormal, as I have occasionally seen them classified. But that’s another rant… 😉 ) It’s amazing! I gobble down one after another without the desire to read anything else. I just can’t get enough of them! At least, that’s what my local library system seems to think.

In reality, I desire nothing of the kind. I would like to let the librarians know, some of us don’t like to read that type of book. I know that is a shocking revelation so let me repeat the concept: just because I’m a teenaged girl doesn’t automatically make me want to read about dating vampires, kissing werewolves, or falling in love with fallen angels. I really don’t want to read dark books like that. I’m guessing I’m probably not the only one.

Have you looked in your local library’s “Y” or “YA” section recently? Well, I did and this is what I found (please excuse the slightly blurry picture):

The paranormal romance section at my library. There's another whole shelf to the left with just supernatural books as well.

The paranormal romance section at my library. There’s another whole shelf to the left with more paranormal books.

My library has a small section of teen books, most of which are paranormal romance. Granted, there are other genres available to read, but not in the same vast quantities as paranormal romance.

So, what I’m asking, dear librarians, is to please stop. We have enough. No more paranormal romances. I do understand that there are some teens who love that category of books, but they already have plenty to read.

What do you think? Do you think that the “Y” section has been commandeered by sparkly vampires or do you think it’s just fine the way it is? Do you have any suggestions for a great teen novel not involving paranormal characters? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

One last comment: I have found refuge in the “J” section. They are for a bit younger audience, but you can find some really well-written and entertaining books there. I recently read two “J” books that I really loved. It’s amazing that a good story can actually be written that doesn’t involve paranormal/supernatural romance in some way.

~ Kayla