Thursday, February 16, 2017

Weird Romance in Fiction

Ulysses and the Sirens, by Herbert James Draper, 1909
Hi everyone,

With St. Valentine's Day just past, it's hard not to have a few thoughts about romance, real and/or fictional. Here at the Sup, we often write love interests who are different species, from alternate times, dimensions or universes.

Mortals falling for super heroes, vampires, shape-shifters, zombies, Mar, witches, demons, you name it, we have it. But how did this all begin?

The tendency to represent love interests as supernatural has its roots in ancient literature. Take Homer's Odyssey for example, from the 8th century BC. We have sirens, harpies, nymphs, and of course Circe, a spectacular witch, all captivating Ulysses in one way or another. And then, there are fairy tales, ie Beauty and the Beast by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve published in 1740. Hundreds of years later, we're still enchanted!

But things really picked up for supernatural romance when Horace Walpole published The Castle of Otranto in 1764. This launched the Gothic genre, which combines elements of both horror and romance.

After Walpole came Ann Radecliff's The Mysteries of Udolpho, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Our Speculative Fiction genre owes much to these inspirational novelists.

They led to our modern day versions of dating a monster.  I think we owe a lot to Joss Whedon and his supernaturals in Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the acceptance and idealisation of mortal-supernatural couplings.

From there, Sookie Stackhouse, in Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Chronicles pretty much plays the field with vamp-vamp-shifter-fairy-shifter relationships, giving us a mortal eye's view on what it's really like, loving a sup.

Then there's Isacc Marion's Warm Bodies. Who wouldn't want to date this adorable dead boy, and save the human race while their at it?
Nowhere more that Paranormal Romance and Fantasy YA do we find the 'other' elevated to the role of the immortal lover, be they angel or demon from the earth, the sea, the heavens or far away dimensions.

Here are a few of my favourites. 

Elena and the Brothers - from L J Smith's Vampire Diaries

A demon and her angel
A ghost buster and a dead girl

A girl and her robot
A half-Mar and her doctor
Pop in the comments if you want to share your fav 'weird' fictional romances.

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Unknown said...

one of my recent faves is A Discovery of Witches trilogy : ) as well

Marilyn said...

Well of course Psyche and Eros... does that count?

Kim Falconer said...

Maryellen, I've been wanting to start that series! How do you find it?

And is that witches and mortals or???

Kim Falconer said...

Marilyn, of course it counts! A god and a mortal fall in love ... Perfect.

Unknown said...

HI Kim Deborah Harkness is the author I just bought it on kindle, and loved it so much bought all three in paperback too LOL!!! A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night and the Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy) AMAZING... mostly witches vampires demons etc