Archetypes and Characters, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Archetype Sighting! Scarred Heroine

When the heroine has scars—indicative of a brutal backstory—which she considers disfiguring and the hero assures her are a testament of her strength.

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Paranormal Romance, Romance, Tropes, Urban Fantasy

Trope Sighting! Vampires and Telepathy

Reversing or confounding mental invasion in vampire romances indicates significant change to the archetype. In monster theory, one of the vampire's greatest weapons is the ability to penetrate personal sanctums/the mind.

Genre Rules, On Writing, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Genre Police! Relying on Genre Terms in Werewolf Romance

Bless their hearts, whatever they were thinking, including all the guys with the next "Great American Novel," they didn't laugh. And damn it, the number of people who read the genre gives the concept validity. Explaining the concepts to those unfamiliar with the genre, standing up for them, has made me take a harder look at the common core of paranormal romance.

Archetypes and Characters, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

Archetype Sighting! The Reluctant Witch

But I am struck by the number of paranormal and urban fantasy books featuring a heroine who has vowed or neglected her magic at the start, and must come to terms with her powers in order to "save the day" or to embrace who their true identities.