Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!
Have you notice that among the dearth of YA paranormal novels there’s one (humanoid) paranormal that is very often overlooked? Seriously, guys, where have the elves gone?! The closest books all feature Faeries (The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa and the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr, just to name a few.) I really love faeries so I’m not complaining, but how did elves miss out on all the fun?
One of the problems with elves is that they’re pretty unemotional. I’m not sure they could manage all the angst and drama that seems synonymous with YA paranormal. On the other hand, wouldn’t it be interesting to see a novel about these unemotional elves trying to raise an angsty human (or at least semi-human) teenager? They wouldn’t know what to do! It would be hilarious! On the other hand, take away all that stand-offishness and suddenly it’s much harder to tell the elves from the fae – the main distinction is Fae associate with seasons (Summer/Winter) while the Elves tend to just be high or low (sometimes light or dark). Unless they’re Santa elves, of course, but they’re even rarer.
An honorable mention for the “overlooked humanoid paranormal” goes to Leprechauns. They’re probably used less, but I really can’t imagine a novel with a Leprechaun protagonist (unless it’s Artemis Fowl type LEP-recons). I’d totally read it though!