Monday, August 6, 2007

Can Paranormals Be Funny?

When you think of paranormal romance, the first thing that comes to mind are strong, alpha male werewolves who make us want to howl at the moon and dark, brooding vampires who have us baring our necks and saying “Ooo, baby. Bite me. Bite me!” So you might ask, with all this oozing dark sensuality, can paranormals be funny? There’s a group of us here at the Otherworld Diner (who often moonlight as writers, just incase you didn’t know) who say “Absolutely!”

Imagine, if you will, that tall, dark and handsome hero with the pointy teeth I just mentioned--what if the object of his affections is a hemophiliac? Could make those love hickies he gives her a bit messy--not to mention life threatening--don’t ya think? Or what if your heroine has serious allergy issues, then falls for a guy who gets hairy once a month? The fact that she has a major sneezing fit every time her werewolf boyfriend tries to snuggle up could make for some very funny moments. Or how about a novice witch who turns her boyfriend into a toad every time she gets aroused? Or what if your mortal hero has the hots for the sexy little ghost haunting the castle he’s just inherited, but every time he tries to make love to her, he falls through her onto the bed? Any and all of these could make for some very funny situations. Okay, funny for us readers and writers, not so funny for our poor hero and heroine who have to deal with these little bumps in the night.

But does getting giggles with your romance mean you have to sacrifice the dark, sexy element that we’ve come to associate with paranormals? Of course not--not if it’s done right. Just check out some of the authors who manage to give us both and do it very well:

from the light . . .
Lisa Cach, Kathy Love, Minda Webber, Sandra Hill, MaryJanice Davidson, Katie MacAlister, Lynsay Sands

to the dark . . .
Karen Marie Moning, Nina Bangs, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and even early Laurel K. Hamilton (if you like dry sarcasm)

And that’s what we’re all about here at the Otherworld Diner. Each and every one of us is here to serve you up paranormal romance--some with just a dash of humor, some so smothered in it you won’t be able to find your plate. Here, you can have your cake and eat it, too.

-- Lori

P.S. An extra slice of cherry pie for anyone who recognizes the famous 'love scene' pictured at the start of this post *G*


  1. love love love that picture - and I'm eating my pie for breakfast, because that movie is a staple in my house! Great post :)


    Great post. I freakin' laughed my butt off at the image you painted of the novice witch and her froggy hero. ROFL!

    Sandy :-)
    Sandra Barkevich - Romance Author
    *August 25, 2007 at Sandra's Goings On - Guest Blogger, Betty Hanawa ~ More Than She Wished For

  3. Sweet mystery of life!

    I think humor is the deciding element for me when I write. I can take the paranormal out if I must, but I can't seem to take the funny out....


  4. Great post. Love the picture. Young Frankenstein is, to me, the epitome of the funny paranormal.

    Thanks for setting the scene for my blog, tomorrow!

  5. Oh, Maggie said Young Frankenstein before I could. Do I still get some pie? Great blog!

    Judy ;)

  6. Oh, oh, let me guess. Is it the Bride of Frankenstein?

    Wait, that's not my final guess. Is it Young Frankenstein? Let me think. I don't want to lose the pie. Okay, I'm going to go with. . . Young Frankenstein. . . final answer.

    Is there any pie left? Great post,BTW! Brenda ND

  7. Love the "light" and "dark" examples. I love both. I like a little peanut butter with my chocolate, and a little chocolate with my peanut butter, so to speak.

    Gee, now I want a Reeces Cup :)

  8. I love your post. My stories range from just a dash of humor to moments of slapstick. I think there are times when you have to laugh or you'll cry. BTW, can I substitute apple for cherry pie for knowing it is Frankenstein's former fiancee doing the nasty with Frank's monster? ;-)

  9. Lori-I appreciated this-so very true!-debi

  10. Awesome post, Lori! I made some kind of goofy happy noise when I saw the pic...that movie is a total favorite. Jody beat me to the song, though. Ah, sweet mystery of life, at last I've found youuuuuu! And that's exactly why I have to throw in some humor with my paranormals. All dark, all the time is fine, but it's the quirky things that make you laugh that stick with you. Life is funny. Use it:-) Unless, of course, it happens to be labeled "Abby Normal."

  11. MEL BROOKS!!! Good LORD that man is a legend!

    You have to admit that humor comes from looking at the world in a slightly *different* way.

    Laughter is a gift. God bless the comedians.