Monday, February 13, 2006

Ho Hum...

So it snowed. A lot. Its making me very unmotivated to go out. We've all got colds too. Seems like a good day to sit around and play on the internet. Prince of Magic has disappeared to wherever Master of the Night went. Saves me the trouble of debating whether or not it's worth it to continue. Read 50 or so pages of Return of the Warrior by Kinley MacGregor. Put it down. Read 50 or so pages of The Stone Prince by Gena Showalter. Put it down. Seriously not in the mood to read anything, though in the mood to read. Does that make sense? I have several contemporaries by Elizabeth Bevarly and Jennifer Crusie in my TBR baggie, including Bet Me, which gets such rave reviews. Perhaps I'll try one, I'm trying to get over my contemporary bias. I've read Welcome to Temptation and I liked it, though not as much as most people seem to. I just felt that the connection between the hero and heroine was just sex, pretty much (not that there's anything wrong with that), and I wasn't sure that their HEA would last. Also read Strange Bedpersons, which I also didn't love, because I felt that the heroine was of the arrogant and judgmental masquerading as liberal and free-spirited variety.

Its funny that I rarely read contemporaries, because I think that if I actually ever get a romance novel written, it would probably be one. I don't feel confident that I would have anything new to add to the historical or paranormal genre. The problem is, many of the contemporaries I've read just don't seem realistic. Isn't that ridiculous? It's just that so often the characters and motivations seem so contrived, rather than adhering to any sort of logic. People are always acting like assholes for stupid reasons. Of course, the annoying-ness of this is so often aided by character development that can only be described as broad. I'm willing to explore and try to overcome my bias though.

Speaking of adding something new, I think that they need to cool off on the paranormals. A lot of mediocre stuff is coming out. But I love how authors keep trying to come up with new stuff. I read a review by Bam (she's got two great blogs)of a novel featuring gargoyles. Yes, gargoyles, those ugly stone creatures that stand guard on Cathedrals and swanky apartment buildings, and who also had a cartoon series in the mid-90s that my younger cousin was into. He would make all of us be characters, even though I was like, 21. Anyway, I'm intrigued to see what the author does with this. It got me thinking too, what's next? We've got vampires, werewolves and other shapeshifters, witches/sorcerors, dragons, demons, aliens fairies and now gargoyles. How about the Loch Ness Monster? A beautiful young American on holiday in Scotland meets a mysteriously damp yet sexy young man...How about the Abominable Snowman or Sasquatch? Preferably brooding and in leather. Banshees, centaurs, fauns,brownies, the Shoemaker's elves? The Chupacabra (I love saying that word)? Perhaps some creative and enterprising author can do something with this. Actually I read that PC Cast did something good with centaurs, and I've been meaning to read more by her because I loved Goddess of Spring. Oh well, it's up to someone far more original than I.