Would you say that paranormal almost dominates a large proportion of YA books? There are lists and lists on Goodreads for the best paranormal YA books in different variations and they all seem hugely popular.
I think what makes YA + paranormal work so well together is that teens are still in the stage of their lives where they are discovering themselves and paving the way for who they are going to be, and therefore, could progress into paranormal characteristics. It almost seems more realistic (as far as realism can go within paranormal) and believable for a reader that the character turns into a vampire or a magician in their teens rather than a grown up living in the real world.
I read that some think it was Stephen King's 'Carrie' that paved the way for this realization: nothing fits the supernatural better than adolescence and since then we've had the likes of JK Rowling, Stephanie Meyer and Cassandra Clare.
Do you agree? I'm not disregarding paranormal in adult fiction at all - infact I've read quite a few really great titles, but I think there's something about YA that fits with paranormal.
Do you think paranormal YA is still going as strong as ever or has it started to die down abit?
What are your favourite paranormal YA books? Are you going to be reading any in particular for halloween? Or even dressing up as your favourite book character?