What do you think of the Supernatural Thriller Genre?

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Re: What do you think of the Supernatural Thriller Genre?

Post by Shreyoshi Sen » 02 Apr 2017, 23:06

I love supernatural books. But yes somehow they tend to be a bit similar. Still I would say the plot of every supernatural story is different from the other.
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Post by Ckennedy » 02 Apr 2017, 23:38

I enjoy Supernatural thrillers but they scare me too! I can't read them at night.
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Post by Amagine » 03 Apr 2017, 02:12

CarrieMe wrote:I like this genre, but the quality of the characters and whether I'm able to care about them always comes first for me. Sometimes it can be hard to find books that manage to accomplish this.
I agree. I'm not a fan of this genre but if there is an amazing character that I feel connected to, it won't matter what kind of book that I'm reading. As you stated though, finding good quality characters in books is not easy.
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Post by breyfoglese » 03 Apr 2017, 17:50

I find the romance aspect to be the most repetitive. Forget the angsty white love triangle, I want some diversity. I also want healthy relationships within the confines of the genre. Queer romance would also thrill me to death, but it's hard to find that in any genre of fiction, so I'll hedge my bets.
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Post by Gingerbo0ks » 03 Apr 2017, 17:56

breyfoglese wrote:I find the romance aspect to be the most repetitive. Forget the angsty white love triangle, I want some diversity. I also want healthy relationships within the confines of the genre. Queer romance would also thrill me to death, but it's hard to find that in any genre of fiction, so I'll hedge my bets.
There are queer characters in the True Blood books but right now that's the only one I can think of for this genre which is a shame.
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Post by Thimble » 03 Apr 2017, 21:00

I'm not a huge fan of supernatural thrillers because most of the ones I've read are about demons. I don't find the "good vs. demon" thing very interesting. I do like ghost stories though. The history of the ghosts are usually fascinating.
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Post by James Craft » 04 Apr 2017, 07:45

breyfoglese wrote:I find the romance aspect to be the most repetitive. Forget the angsty white love triangle, I want some diversity. I also want healthy relationships within the confines of the genre. Queer romance would also thrill me to death, but it's hard to find that in any genre of fiction, so I'll hedge my bets.
It is certainly a genre dominated by that, particularly in the Urban Fantasy Romance genre. A picture of a strong white girl on the front cover who turns out to be not strong at all but usually needy and unsure of herself. I liked that this book at least shook up the dynamic, even if only a little bit.

The dynamic reminds me of Hollywood white washing, and casting white people in the rolls of middle-eastern or black people helps audiences 'relate' and sells more tickets, and there is a definite monetary reason Hollywood does it even if it might seem outwardly screwed up and wrong. Even religions do it.
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Post by Kateen » 04 Apr 2017, 12:00

I love anything I can get my hand on in this genre. This book fit really well in the thriller side of it.

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Post by Paul Rickson » 04 Apr 2017, 12:10

I haven't really tried many of these out, but they seem interesting and new to me.

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Post by micoleon13 » 04 Apr 2017, 19:18

I feel that there has been quite a few supernatural books especially dealing with demons and vampires. They also seem to lean more towards the romance side, or with a lot of sex scenes. This is the first supernatural horror book I've read and I think the author got a very good balance, as well as believable characters.

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Post by James Craft » 05 Apr 2017, 08:13

micoleon13 wrote:I feel that there has been quite a few supernatural books especially dealing with demons and vampires. They also seem to lean more towards the romance side, or with a lot of sex scenes. This is the first supernatural horror book I've read and I think the author got a very good balance, as well as believable characters.
Yeah, the forced romance keeps me away from stuff like this, but I definitely agree that this book was unique in not going down the cliche routes. Diverse characters, no forced romance, and a lot of action really kept my attention.
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Post by Christina O Phillips » 05 Apr 2017, 09:10

MarisaRose wrote:Supernatural stories can be thrilling, scary and even thought provoking. What is your take on the genre? Do you like reading about ghosts and deamons?

I find the genre has been so flooded in the last few years that it can be difficult to come across an original supernatural based story. Do you think the genre has become overly repetitve?

I myself love the supernatural genre, but at the same time I agree that because of the increase of books in the genre it can be hard to come across an original story. However, I feel like the same can be said with any genre if you read too much of it back to back. This is why I can't only read supernatural books; I have to read one or two then find another genre then go back otherwise I would get bored with the repetition.

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Post by Amagine » 05 Apr 2017, 10:33

breyfoglese wrote:I find the romance aspect to be the most repetitive. Forget the angsty white love triangle, I want some diversity. I also want healthy relationships within the confines of the genre. Queer romance would also thrill me to death, but it's hard to find that in any genre of fiction, so I'll hedge my bets.
You just made me realize that it is rare to see a healthy relationship in the supernatural genre. There is always some dark undertone to them. I wonder why....
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Post by James Craft » 05 Apr 2017, 14:59

Amagine wrote:
breyfoglese wrote:I find the romance aspect to be the most repetitive. Forget the angsty white love triangle, I want some diversity. I also want healthy relationships within the confines of the genre. Queer romance would also thrill me to death, but it's hard to find that in any genre of fiction, so I'll hedge my bets.
You just made me realize that it is rare to see a healthy relationship in the supernatural genre. There is always some dark undertone to them. I wonder why....
Yeah...that's sort of...odd.

I read the Jim Butcher series at one point, and one thing that sort of annoyed me was how attractive every woman in the series was. He doesn't necessarily make the women weak, but he just makes them all super unnaturally pretty, and it sort of got annoying after a while.

Sort of like the Shakespeare Sonnet: 'My misstress' eyes are nothing like the sun'. Sometimes, making people sound more real and less pretty actually adds to the story.
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Post by Amagine » 05 Apr 2017, 15:39

James Craft wrote:
Amagine wrote:
breyfoglese wrote:I find the romance aspect to be the most repetitive. Forget the angsty white love triangle, I want some diversity. I also want healthy relationships within the confines of the genre. Queer romance would also thrill me to death, but it's hard to find that in any genre of fiction, so I'll hedge my bets.
You just made me realize that it is rare to see a healthy relationship in the supernatural genre. There is always some dark undertone to them. I wonder why....
Yeah...that's sort of...odd.

I read the Jim Butcher series at one point, and one thing that sort of annoyed me was how attractive every woman in the series was. He doesn't necessarily make the women weak, but he just makes them all super unnaturally pretty, and it sort of got annoying after a while.

Sort of like the Shakespeare Sonnet: 'My misstress' eyes are nothing like the sun'. Sometimes, making people sound more real and less pretty actually adds to the story.
I've read books like that before where they exaggerate the physical features of characters. In this genre, I understand that it isn't completely realistic because it is supernatural. I still want to read about real people in a supernatural world. If they could have real relationships, that would be nice too.
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