I’m starting a new segment here at The Paradigm. I’m calling it “Why Does This Exist?”. It’s where we explore things in this world that do exist, but probably shouldn’t. It’s so we can ask ourselves “Why?” What’s the propose? What’s the reason? Who was the idiot who decided that this would be a good idea. So, without further ado….
Why does this exist? The “Teen Paranormal Romance” section in a bookstore?
So, as you’re walking through the store with your tweenage to teenage daughter/sister/friend/significant other, you hear a loud squeal of glee. You quickly turn around to see what has caught her attention. And this is what you see. The somewhat new “Teen Paranormal Romance” section.
Why does this exist? What, the normal teen section wasn’t good enough? You needed to take up more store space for books about boys and girls who fall in love with paranormal creatures? WHY?!
I find it sad that in the wake of the Twilight Saga, a myriad of books rose up about teens and paranormal creatures like vampires, werewolves, angels, and other such creatures. Now, I know that when a book becomes super popular, it always spawns look alikes and other books that are similar, and that’s fine. But enough to make a whole new section out of? Come on! I also know that Twilight was not, by any means, the first paranormal romance novel. But let’s face the truth here, Twilight is what spawned the popularity of that style of story as we know it today. But again, enough to give it it’s own section? This is ridiculous.
I’m all for people reading whatever they want, it’s the reader’s prerogative. However, this many books about this kind of trash is a shame! Personally, I’m concerned about this. There are better books people could be reading…with romance in it! What are these books offering tweens and teens that other books are not? So much so that it warrants it’s own section in a bookstore now?
So tell me, why does this exist? Because, I sure as heck can’t.
P.S. A shout out to my friend Mike, who took this picture on his phone. He’s a professional photographer, you know.