The reason angels have come to be such a ‘hot topic’ at this point in time is really three-fold, and it stems from J.K. Rowling. When she introduced a character into the marketplace that took children of all ages (and then millions of adults) away from YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and texting, and got them to open a book and enjoy the heck out of it - it was a great day. In fact, as a YA author I owe her a big ‘thank you’ for bringing the audience back, and then turning them into the fastest-growing group of readers in the world.
The second reason the door opened for the angels has to do with readers’ undeniable love of the ‘fanged ones.’ I know, we all realize that Edward Cullen became the biggest, but it was really because of the romance, trials and love triangle with the swoon-worthy werewolf that readers came in droves, and YA authors began to write vampires left and right. The ‘fanged ones’ took over the marketplace, thus paving the way for paranormal romance novels to become the ‘chosen ones.’
When the ‘winged ones’ came on the scene, they took time to grow on readers. But as the ‘fallen’ angels caught on, readers saw that they could also offer paranormal romance and love triangles that were just as interesting as the dark creatures of the fantasy universe. Having a ‘fallen’ angel struggling to find a way to get back the ‘light’ they once had, was very much like having a vamp attempt to be as human as possible and ditch the ‘dark’ side of him.
You have to add in the fact that the world in the past decade has gotten more than a bit depressing at times. With wars, the economy, jobless rates - our reality has made it so that most readers want to bury themselves in fantasy - ‘escape’ with the books they love. In that world there are always heroes and saviors; and the romance is usually a huge facet of the story which makes people feel even better.
When I ventured into the angel world, I really wanted to step back from the ‘fallen’ and begin with what you would call a pure, angel/warrior team. Being able to pair them up as they jumped (not fell) to Earth to do a job, I thought was be interesting to see them face human emotions, which they had no idea about when they began. Watching these powerful beings get so wrapped up in love, heartache, adventure, darkness, romance - it was fascinating to watch them struggle to keep their faith in each other while being in the human world that was ripping them apart.
It was like being emancipated when Matt and Emily first ‘came down.’ They were teenagers who were finally free from ‘home,’ and got to experience their first taste of life. I liked watching them learn, stumble, succeed, and get immersed in love. To be able to write a love triangle where the reader really doesn’t know who Emily will choose because there is no line between “this one’s a friend and this one’s my soulmate’ was an added bonus. And it does the heart good to see that a few sites have already put up ‘Team Matt’ buttons. (LOL)
All in all, I think it’s time for the angels. Not only do they have the ingredients necessary for a good paranormal story, but they are also something that people really want to believe in; a team that is down here trying to protect, save and help the rest of us. Hopefully, that trend and belief will continue for a long time to come.
Until Next Time, Everybody.