Lately I’ve noticed you can’t swing a bag in a bookstore without taking out a shelf of angel stories. YA, Adult, manga, coloring books, faux tattoos…the new crack is angels. Good, bad, bad but will become good, good but will become bad. They are all there. I recently read four angel stories and realized what it is about them that annoys me.
I find the addition of Christianity (or any religion) as the main plot line to be, well, a mood killer. Bear with me. I have nothing against religion. I grew up in a Roman Catholic household so believe you me…I KNOW about angels, and even in Sunday school, they were boring. Angels were given free will, then some became jealous when God created humans, there was a war, God tosses Lucifer down to hell and angels go on an emotional lock down. *sigh* Same storyline each and every time. There is nothing new to intertwine with it. Nothing that elevates them to a more engaging read. Sometimes they bring in vampires. Sometimes they bring in werewolves. The only difference I’m seeing though? The names of the characters.
We have the requisite human who falls in love with the “I always knew you were trouble” angel and vise versa. The angel is not suppose to love the human. Friends tell angel this is a HUGE no-no and chances are they will be severely punished for bucking the system. But love has no off switch so there is an overflow of angst, self recriminations, and despair. So much damn despair. *sigh* While I understand loving someone will hurt sometimes, it shouldn’t bury you under so much pain that you need a ladder to crawl back out of the dark hole of your emotions. It shouldn’t make me want to toss you back into that dark hole and bury you alive. With the book.
Everyone who knows me knows I absolutely adore Nalini Singh’s Archangel series. Why? Because religion plays no part in it. The characters are angels but only in the sense they have wings. There is no God. No divine plan. No heaven versus hell. While the emotional aspects are compelling, it’s not a black soul crushing experience that has you speed dialing your therapist. There is no waxing philosophical asking, what if? Why? Because the question has been asked and answered thousands of times. What there is here is humor, arse kicking, individually well developed characters, and enough smexiness to make my glasses fog up.
I know some of you are thinking, “Geesh Tori, lighten up.” I am. Really. I just had to get this off my chest because after reading book four I realized that there wasn’t a single dang thing about the book that was memorable. Nothing about the other three either. As I was writing the reviews, I was shocked that I had written the same review for all 4 books and only changed the names of characters, authors, and a few sentences here and there. I shouldn’t have been able to do that. Something, anything, should have been different about each of them.
I’m not saying that angels and religion have no place in the fiction literary world. All I’m saying is that they are all beginning to read remarkably alike.
So tell me, what genres are starting to read similar to you? What is your carbon copy storyline?