Discussion: So What is the Paranormal Fiction Genre, Anyway?


The paranormal genre is something that's perplexed me for a long time.  I just don't get it.  I don't get how it differs from similar genres, and I don't understand whether it exists out of paranormal romance or not.  Check out the video and leave your thoughts!   

Some questions for the class:  

What is "paranormal?"  
How does if differ from Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Horror, and Sci-fi? 
Does it exist outside of paranormal romance?  
How is it defined in young adult vs new adult vs adult?  
What defines a "paranormal" book?  
Do you think calling something "paranormal" changes the target audience?  

And some links from smart people:  

Diagnosing October Releases in Young Adult Paranormal 
YA Common Cliches Series: Paranormal Romance
In Defense of Young Adult Paranormal Genre Fiction
YA 101: Paranormal Romance
Popular Young Adult Paranormal Romance

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