Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wicked Wednesday - demons

Vampires have their sensuous bite. Shapeshifters have their animal magnetism. Then you think demons and the fearsome red skinned devil comes to mind. Yet demons can have sinfully hot bodies, unlimited powers and immense hearts to entice not only the protagonist but the reader into temptation.

Demons are my favorite paranormal romance characters. Sometimes I like to read about the traditional Christian version of angels and demons, but the nontraditional versions are endless. A writer can stretch her imagination any number of ways. Demons from different dimensions, a secret world right under the feet of humans, within human bodies themselves. Not every demon lurks in the dark shadows. Some don't shun the sun, but revel in it clad only in enough clothing to be considered barely legal.

Readers do expect familiarity. The trick is to add your original spin onto something that they know. Have one form that is human in appearance while the other is monstrous. The dark personality mixed with compassion and vulnerability. Demons can have souls. They can be good. They can love.

Do you like to read about demons who can love or do you prefer them to stick to being the bad guys? What are some of your favorite paranormal romances that feature demons?

My favorite: Barrons from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series.

Another friendly Halloween reminder: join me Monday for a special treat!


  1. I haven't read many books with demons. In fact, the only one that comes to mind at the moment is Ali Cross's BECOME, which is an awesome book.

    I think I would like the mix. The bad guys and the ones who are more than just evil. I like shades of gray. :)

  2. I like to read both demons that love and that are evil. My favorite book is Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow. She has a mix of good and evil demons.

  3. Cherie, I like shades of gray too. A good heart inside a bad boy!

    Elizabeth, that's a great series. I need to read some of Lilith's other series. My TBR list is so huge!

  4. I think a demon needs to be a demon for me.

  5. I think demons can be mischievous, which is another side of bad. Bad boys and gals are fun. And fun to write.

  6. It depends on how they're written and context. Though when the "demon" isn't bad, sometimes it feels like he/she/it should be called something else, since the word demon has historically meant evil.

  7. I like reading about demons who are bad.. not the understanding ones... otherwise why are they demons in the first place...:)

  8. I liked Sarah Gilman's take on demons in "Out in Blue", just because it was a little different. Although, generally, I think I prefer them on the darker side ;).


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