The paranormal and urban fantasy genres just got a fresh boost in the mainstream this season with the introduction of two new television shows: Dracula and Sleepy Hollow. Poor Dianne hardly has five minutes to sit down but Anah has been watching Sleepy Hollow with great enthusiasm. Great enthusiasm includes squealing, yelling, tweeting, messaging friends, reblogging gifsets on Tumblr, and—of course—keeping track of the amazing Orlando Jones who plays the dashing but skeptical Frank Irving.
Sleepy Hollow is genuinely a delight in so many ways. Not only does it have a lovely cast and great production values, but it’s a classic example of the paranormal in the tradition of shows like Buffy and Angel. A sprawling epic anchored in the Book of Revelation, Sleepy Hollow promises seven years of tribulation to be visited upon two Witnesses, Abbie Mills and Ichabod Crane.
Unlike other shows in the genre, such as Supernatural and Charmed, the main character (so far) has no particular powers of her own and she hasn’t had but a vague suspicion that all is not as it might seem until all Hell breaks loose—literally. Abbie is like most of us, a woman trying to do her job and doing it well until she is thrown into a situation far beyond her understand and forced to adapt. She reads like the heroine of many a successful paranormal or urban fantasy romance.
And as for romance, Sleepy Hollow is bursting at the seams with it. It is a veritable fount of inspiration when it comes to romantic matters. It is full of parted lovers, the smouldering embers of old loves not yet extinguished, and friends whose every interaction crackles with the potential for passion. We expect that Sleepy Hollow will spark a fresh round of interest in romantic novels in the genre, interest from writers and from readers.
Are you watching any of the shows in our genre this season? Are you inspired?