Sunday, October 17, 2010
Come to the light side!
The paranormal genre doesn’t have to be dark. If you think about it, there are many myths that can be utilized to add comic relief or create downright laugh-out-loud humorous reads. My best piece of advice for lightening the mood in a paranormal story? Don’t overlook the obvious!
Let’s take a moment to embrace the clichés. Think about Vampires. What does everyone “know” about vampires? A) They have fangs and drink blood, usually by puncturing the victim’s carotid artery. B) They’re nocturnal and sunlight burns them.
How about Shapeshifters? A) If they shift while fully dressed, their clothes won’t fit their new shape. B) When they shift back, they’ll be naked.
Ghosts are disembodied. They can see the physical world and comment on it like a fly on the wall, but unless they’ve learned telekinesis or some kind of communication with a psychic, clairvoyant or clairaudient, they're invisible.
How about witches? A) They cast spells and can manipulate circumstances with magic. B) Some think they can fly on broomsticks.
Don’t be afraid to embarrass your characters! We find it hilarious because it’s not happening to us. We’re a little warped that way.
Are you seeing the possibilities here?
In my series, Strange Neighbors, I have shapeshifters, vampires and witches—oh my! And a snarky ghost who has an opinion on everything.
During the series I have my vampire, break his fang on a rapper’s neck bling. Now where does a vampire find a dentist and how funny would a lisp be if he couldn’t retract his fangs until the infection from the silver heals?
My shapeshifting falcon is only half shifter so he doesn’t have the greatest control and accidentally shifts under stress. Naturally, he gets stuck in his sweater and can’t shift back before being discovered.
When my werewolf shifts, he has to hide his clothes for his shift back. But what if someone takes those clothes and he has to walk around naked…in the city?
The witches? Well, they’re mainly human, but what happens if one of them words a spell badly? How can we make it backfire? If she’s southern and has a butt-load of colorful expression, the possibilities are endless—and hilarious!
Have any of you read a romantic paranormal comedy? What do you think?