I love reading paranormal romance and all the other kinds of "spec fic" that gets lumped with it—science fiction and futuristic, fantasy, urban fantasy, dystopian, and so on. The exploration of things beyond what we know in real life ups the stakes and makes me think. I also love writing it because I can make stuff up and minimize the research. :)
Over the last couple of decades, paranormal romance has grown and evolved. And so, I am squeefully delighted to say, has its counterpart out in popular entertainment as a whole. I could go on and on about Buffy and the Doctor and Mal Reynolds and his crew on the Serenity, but we know all about those already, right? We're now in the Age of the Geek, where loving such things is mainstream and no longer looked down upon.
What's most exciting to me is the proliferation of paranormal and other "genre" shows and movies out there. The biggest movie in two years was The Avengers—what's more paranormal than superheroes? :) This summer had comic book characters (The Wolverine and R.I.P.D.) and sci-fi (Elysium and Oblivion and of course the new Star Trek). And this fall some really cool shows are coming to TV.
Here are the ones I'm most excited about:
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are actually regular humans, but they deal with people who are extraordinary, like the Avengers. I thought Clark Gregg was super-fantastic as Agent Coulson in all the Marvel films, and I'm thrilled he got a second life for this show. But the concept of the show itself (and that fact that it's by Joss Whedon) thrills my little geek heart.
Almost Human Karl Urban (yum!) is a human cop partnered with an android partner (Michael Ealy—those eyes!). The show is supposed to be, at its core, about what defines humanity, but it's also a basic cop show set in the future.
Intelligence Sawyer...I mean, Josh Holloway, is an agent with a computer in his brain. This is similar to the concepts of Jake 2.0 and Chuck, though he's less of an everyman because he's a soldier. I have a very analytical mind, myself, so I really like the deconstruction of things the way his character seems to do it.
All of these shows get to explore popular, common concepts (solve crime! spy on people! save the world!) but with a much broader ability to explore new territory because of the extraordinary elements. There are others that are less future-science and more woo-woo.
The Tomorrow People Kids with powers, scary guys after them. I don't know much more about this than that, but I saw the early teaser trailers and that's all I wanted to know. This show has Mark Pellegrino—what more does it need? Also the cousin of the guy who does the salmon ladder on Arrow. Nuff said. (I know! I'm such a cliché! All these shows feature hunky men. We could do a whole 'nuther post on what that says about the value of women in the eyes of television advertisers nowadays...)
One more: Sleepy Hollow With this one, we hit the creepy, gothic, truly paranormal world. Ichabod Crane follows the Headless Horseman from revolutionary America to the present. The showrunners are the JJ Abrams guys who did Star Trek, so it has a good pedigree. And atmosphere! I graduated from Ichabod Crane Central High School in upstate NY, so that gives it added interest for me. :)
So what about you? What unreal TV shows, movies, and books are you most looking forward to this fall?
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Natalie's Latest Release Heavy Metal (Book 2 in the Goddesses Rising trilogy)
Paranormal Romantic Adventure Entangled Publishing, August 27, 2013
ISBN 13: 978-1622668908
The world is not what Riley Kordek imagined. On the run from those who’ve targeted her, all Riley wants is a chance to figure out her new ability to bend metal’s energy. When a hot guy who knows more than he should helps her escape her attackers, she thinks she might’ve found someone who can lead her to the answers she needs.
Three years ago, Sam Remington walked away from his employer and the woman he loved, and now, all he’s looking to do is fill the gaping hole left behind. Except, when Sam takes Riley to the Society for Goddess Education and Defense, the stakes rise beyond what either of them could have imagined.
After being alone for so long, falling for Sam would be far too easy—and far too painful, once his old flame calls needing his help. Worse, Riley uncovers a plot with disastrous ramifications not only for herself, but for Sam and the people he loves—and potentially every goddess in the country.