Good morning Virtually Readers, and welcome to the Paranormal City. You’re not safe here. There are monsters and nefarious clubs and lots of highly armed and dangerous characters. But you’ll probably find your true love here, which makes up for the lack of sleep (you’ll be out fighting demons all night probably). (If you’re confused, this is a feature called The Bookish Planet, where we introduce you to different settings and act as guides. If you follow the tag you can find all the other posts.)
Description: The paranormal city is kind of like any other city: there are lots of buildings. This is a bit different, however, because this city has at least some magical residents, even though they tend to be fully integrated with the modern technology of their times. Maybe they are demon fighters, maybe they are demons, maybe they can transform into wolves, maybe they can do magic, maybe they can stop magic… who knows? But that makes this city more exciting and romantic (and, lets be real, dangerous, because all these groups of magic people are constantly fighting. Bring weapons). Be prepared for lots of chases through streets, near escapes, and freaky plots. You’re probably not prepared but you’re an adorable YA hero/heroine so you will *just* survive.
People: There may or may not be ‘normal’ people in this city, but you’ll probably meet the magical ones. These people have some kind of special powers and can probably do awesome stuff (or scary, violent stuff, depending on how you look at it). Some famous residents include Isabelle Lightwood, Cole St. Clair, Emma Carstairs, Tessa Grey, Karou, Minoo Falkin (plus her friends), Evelyn, Ruby, and Zoey Redbird.
History: The paranormal city is as old as Frankenstein (which has scenes in Genova). It’s technology has evolved over the centuries, but the magic, danger, and exhilaration stay the same. There are probably hidden curses, even in beautiful buildings, so be on your guard at all times. The history of the paranormal city is violent, and the streets and steeped in blood.
Where to stay: You better hope you have friends to stay with. The hotels in Paranormal City tend to be run by vampires, and are probably cursed. If worse comes to worse, find an old historical building to sleep in—you’re sure to encounter some sort of strangers having a battle there within the hour, and one side of the battle will be good and welcoming and will take you home and feed you good things. (hopefully. Otherwise you’ll be dead, and won’t need to worry)
Places to visit: As I said already, in the awesome historical places (think: the Sistine Chapel, the Taj Mahal, SoHo, etc.) there will always be battles, and battles history, so that can be pretty exciting if you live life on the wild side. Really though, the interest in the paranormal city is where the people are, because where the magical people are, some form of plot is probably happen. Also, the paranormal city tends to have great eateries, so look out for those, though they’re not usually advertised on the internet.
Featured in: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare, The Englesfors Trilogy by Sara Elfgren and Mats Strandberg, Sinner by Maggie Steifvater, Marked by P.C. and Kristin Cast, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor,The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, The Spark Trilogy by Rachael Craw. (paranormal is a weird genre, but all of these books have some elements of it somehow)
So, Virtually Readers, tell me about your favourite paranormal city and the book/TV show/movie it comes from!