Oh, the Horror!
Wine and cheese. The beach and a sunny day. Holidays and overeating. There are just some things that go together. In the romance genre, contemporary, historical, and paranormal seem to rule the roost. However, YA readers are lucky because we get a dash of romance in just about every genre. We do get some unusual pairings, though, and I’m about to blow your mind with a super weird one (and one of my favorites):
What do ya think about them apples, huh? Alright, your mind may not have been entirely blown because you read the title of this post, but hear me out. When we think of the horror genre, we either think of horror movies, which almost always include a….sexually enthusiastic young lady, or authors like Dean Koontz or Stephen King, who don’t necessarily have the warm fuzzy romance that YA readers prefer. However, YA makes everything better!
For some reason, I’m not fond of horror movies, but I love reading horror. Perhaps it’s a holdover from growing up on R.L. Stine. Unfortunately, I haven’t read a lot of it recently because I’m not much of a fan of adult horror books like Mr. King’s. I have been very lucky, though, to find a few shining YA jewels in the horror genre. Project 17 by Laurie Stolarz and the Bad Girls Don’t Die series by Katie Alender gave me chills and, at times, made me take a break from reading because I was starting to get creeped out. But they also had romance. Chet and Mimi from Project 17 make a good pair with her seriousness and his clownish antics. Alexis and Carter from the Bad Girls series match perfectly with her sarcastic wit and his quiet, tragic past plus the readers get to see their rocky relationship through all three books. I love books that take place in an asylum so I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Asylum by Kristen Selleck and Katie Alender has a new book out titled Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer that I want to read. Ten by Gretchen McNeil is your classic slasher scenario but the mystery was interesting and the relationship between T.J. and Meg was incredibly sweet and their final conversation made me swoon. It was also nice to see a mixed race relationship in a YA book.
I feel like zombies should get their own paragraph. Zombies have invaded pop culture now and that includes our reading material. I haven’t read many zombie stories in the YA section, but I have read the Gone with the Respiration series by Lia Habel. It’s such a unique take on zombie lore and Nora and Bram are soooo cute together. It breaks my heart that Bram’s a zombie! But they’re not the only cute couple in Lia Habel’s series. Baldwin and Beryl are so funny together and the few moments we get to see them alone, break our hearts because we see how much they care for one another. I recently read Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion and R is now neck and neck with Bram for the title of My Favorite Zombie. I’m looking forward to expanding my zombie section by reading Zombie Blondes by Brian James, and The Day Zombies Ruined My Perfectly Boring Life by Jen Naumann when I have some space on my to-read shelf.
There are different subgenres within each genre. In horror, there’s your standard slasher subgenre, the haunting subgenre, along with the abandoned asylum and zombie subgenres. I’m happy that the YA horror genre covers a wide variety within the main genre. Now if they would only write more. ; )
Comment below with your favorite YA horror book. I’d love the suggestions!
— By Drucilla S.