Friday, March 19, 2010

Taming the Beast

So, I've been thinking a lot lately about why young adult fiction, especially the supernatural romance variety, is so incredibly popular with adult readers. And I can't help but wonder if it says something about our present culture.
Some of the biggest and most commented on news stories are the ones about men who cheat. Look at Tiger Woods, look at Jesse James. Vampires and werewolves have always been associated with sexuality. In more modest times, authors wrote of them as monsters to be destroyed...bury those urges. But today's themes involve the "monster" falling in love and putting aside its urges. Vampires and werewolves, the ones we fall in love with in the books we are reading aren't out for the kill.
In fiction at least, we can tame the beast....

1 comment:

Erika said...

Wow! I never saw the connection between the two before; but you are so incredibly right. Love your way of thinking on this subject!! :)