The Rising Popularity of Angels and Demons in YA Literature

Readers have immersed themselves in worlds filled with werewolves, vampires, witches, and warlocks.  Recently there has been an increase in readers wandering through dystopian novels and novels full of vampires and wizards. Even so, there is yet another world that has slowly been gaining popularity over the years: one filled with angels and demons, where the age old battle of good versus evil fills the page.  Most individuals expect that angels embody good, right, and civil ways, whereas demons represent the bad and evil.  Readers pick up these novels with these expectations in mind, but many of modern angel novels  complicate the good-vs.-evil binary.

Vanessa Thorpe, arts and media correspondent remarks, “hosts of books appear as angels become theme of a new teenage reading cult.” We are beginning to see this in both America and the United Kingdom.  This new genre of books takes the traditional preconceptions about angels and demons and twists these stereotypes into something new.  In the UK novel, Angel, Weatherly’s angels are far from angelic, and  it is up to the hero of the story to stop their demonic acts.  American author Becca Fitzpatrick writes about a fallen angel in her Hush, Hush saga.

The recent popularity of paranormal fiction has opened the door for the flood of angel and demon novels. The idea of something beautiful and pure being full of hate and something seen as evil seeking nothing but a second chance intrigues readers.  The supernatural romance and actions between angels, demons and humans keep readers turning pages.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/apr/04/teenage-fiction-cult-angels

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One response to “The Rising Popularity of Angels and Demons in YA Literature

  1. I’m actually not a big fan of the angels/demons plot lines, but one I really did enjoy was Sweet Evil. I picked it up for a blog tour and it was really enjoyable for me! I was pleasantly surprised 🙂

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