Wednesday Spotlight: Mary Abshire

Why are demons hot? Or rather, why are they more popular now? What is the appeal?

Have you noticed more books with demons lately? I have because I read paranormal romance and urban fantasy. What’s the appeal?

For me, the appeal stems to the whole good versus evil plot. Demons are evil, bad, dangerous, not the type to consort with. Ah, but what if they weren’t really bad? What if they were misunderstood? I think this angle is one a writer can take to attract readers. I see many opportunities for stories in that concept. Why do they have to be bad or evil?

Let’s back up a bit. What makes a demon evil? Their blood? The fact they came from hell? The fact they kill? What if a demon didn’t kill? What if they were just mischievous? What if they had a mission to save someone or the world? Would you still think the demon evil?

As a reader, I don’t want to see the same story with demons. I don’t want to see some hero/heroine going after a demon because they’re evil. That, in my opinion, bores me. I want originality.

I’m glad to see more stories about demons as long as the story is unique. Demons don’t have to be evil, or killers. Sure, a demon is a demon, but give the damn fool a purpose, a heart, or morals and you have a world of possibilities. Let the new era of demon books begin. They can still be mischievous, just not evil. Right?

So, I’m curious, do you read books about demons? Did you like it and why or why not?

Comments

  1. I love reading books about demons. I with you about not wanting to see the story with demons. The characters, dialogue, plot and the setting of the story is what makes me read it, but I do like to have some uniqueness in it.

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