So I’ve started to notice a new trend emerging among YA fantasy… and I have to say, I love it! The whole fallen angel theme totally has my vote, and I can’t get enough! I’ve been reading the “Fallen” series, and just finished the second book, Torment. I have to admit, the first book in the series was a little slow for me. I still liked it and I love the concept, but it was lacking some noteworthy action sequences and twitch-worthy no-he-didn’t scenes. Yes, Daniel was a jerk and completely apathetic, but the whole thing was kind of predictable. Not trying to be a hater, I DO realize these stories take time to develop… However, Torment just completely rocked my world!!! Holy moly, if there wasn’t enough action in the first book the second totally had that covered! It was like the author decided to make up for any problems with the first book, and throw it at you all in-your-face style. The characters were a lot more believable and dynamic as well. I’m a happy camper.
So, why all the fallen angel hype? These things come and go in rotations, just like vampires were cool, then werewolves were cool, now fallen angels are cool. What will be next? Fairies? Mermaids? Elves? Soon we’ll move on to the next, and then there will be another fantasy phenomenon knocking on our doors. Vampires may be so last year, but they will be back… they will be back. As for why the fallen angel theme is so popular today… Well, they’re a good theme to work with with all of the “end of the world” talk going on, but to me it also seems more realistic than other fantasy. Ok, maybe not more realistic, just realistic. Cause we all know fantasy is not real (laughs nervously). Maybe it’s because I grew up in a spiritual household where my grandma was obsessed with guardian angels, or that there are thousand-year old religions that have books depicting how the actions of angels helped shape the world, or maybe it’s the mere fact that angels are so similar to humans. Whatever it is, it’s working, and I’m eatin’ it up like Thanksgiving leftovers. That is.. until something new comes along and swoops me up like Edward Cullen.
What do you think of the fallen angel hype? Not just fallen angels, regular angels and Nephilim are welcome too.
Exhibit A: Even Ax commercials are jumping on the fallen angel bandwagon: