* This post is brought to you by boredom and a nasty amount of pink eye. Enjoy!
Let's be honest, here. A vast majority of today's YA paranormal novels wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Twilight. Stephenie Meyer created a slavering monster about five times the size of Alaska when she wrote her incredibly popular vampire series. Now, I'm not saying ALL of these paranormals you see littering book stores today wouldn't be here if Meyer hadn't dreamed up Edward Cullen or Bella Swan, but a lot of them probably wouldn't have made it to publishing.
Vampires, werewolves, faeries, and zombies are the new "It" things. The things that everyone writes about or produces a movie about. Why? Well, the market for all things supernatural is freaking huge right about now and we have Twilight to thank for that. There have been plenty of amazing paranormal authors before Meyer and there will be plenty after her. The question that a great many people have asked themselves over the past couple years is "why?" What makes the series so explosively popular?