The paranormal presents
difference as “other.”
We marvel over
majestic worlds and beings.
If we open any door,
would it lead
to another realm?
We shudder at thoughts
of what-if, when in fact,
that alternate reality
is our very own.
—By Alexandra Caselle
The paranormal is a genre that is becoming more popular among teens. It is more than the heartthrob vampires of Twilight & The Vampire Diaries. The fantastical enthralls us, the new worlds, the new species, the new realities. May I offer another use for this spectacular genre? I remember reading an article where Stephen King mentioned that things happening in everyday life are the scariest. Science fiction/the paranormal is a form of entertainment, but I think a deeper conversation lies underneath, one that calls for a critical examination of the social constructs in our worlds, our cultures, our everyday lives. We can also explore natural disasters, historical events, and important figures.
The fantastical can help us become more critical, and therefore, leading us into a deeper understanding of ourselves.
Here are some wonderful suggestions:
- Goodreads list of Paranormal YAL
- Cynthia Leitch Smith’s Gothic Fantasy, Horror, & Urban Fantasy Suggestions
- Teaching the Epic through Ghost Stories