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Modern Urban Supernatural Pollsie stuff

Okay, so my previous entry stirred up thinking about this general genre, and an IM conversation put it on to boil a bit. So here's the poll just for kicks, and I'll take it myself and add my own comments in, er, the comments. Feel free to do the same, cause it's all about the conversation, yo.

Poll #1243231 Modern Urban Supernatural! (Undead is the new Black...)

Which series have you read at least a book or two in so far? (Authors in parentheses.)

the Mercy Thompson books (Patricia Biggs)
1(8.3%)
the Southern Vampire Mysteries books (Charlaine Harris)
0(0.0%)
the Rachel Morgan books (Kim Harrison)
0(0.0%)
the Anita Blake books (Laurell K. Hamilton and dude, what is with all the H names?)
0(0.0%)
the Twilight series (Stephenie Meyer)
0(0.0%)
the Dresden Files (Jim Butcher, and I can't believe I almost forgot this one, duh!)
3(25.0%)

Choose your favorite from the ones you've read...

Mercy Thompson
3(27.3%)
Southern Vampire
0(0.0%)
Rachel Morgan
2(18.2%)
Anita Blake
0(0.0%)
Twilight
0(0.0%)
Dresden
6(54.5%)

Your thoughts on the obligatory Hot Steamy Sex Scene (or more) per book?

Total turn on
1(8.3%)
Total turn off
0(0.0%)
I kinda like it
0(0.0%)
Meh, I'd rather be without it
5(41.7%)
Don't care either way
4(33.3%)
There's sex in these? (Wait, what are you doing voting if you haven't read any of them?)
1(8.3%)
Other
1(8.3%)

What is the magnitude of clickiness for the clicky thing?

Mean: 6.00 Median: 7 Std. Dev 3.28
1
2(18.2%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
1(9.1%)
4
1(9.1%)
5
1(9.1%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
2(18.2%)
8
1(9.1%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
3(27.3%)

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stormfeather
Aug. 17th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
Okay, so I posted it partly because I just like polls and hadn't had one for a while. Maybe I should have, like, a set poll day, to go with my review/link game type thing Mondays... Hrm...

Anyhow, right, I promised comments. As you might see, I'm not just including the series I've actually read. And of course I've probably missed some I either forgot or never knew about. I dunno if I'd want to edit any in after people are already taking the poll, but at least they can be bandied about in comments if you bring 'em up.

As for the second question, despite the fact that it was my own damn poll question, it stymied me a bit because I'm torn between the Rachel Morgan books and the Mercy Thompson books. Mercy won mostly because of what she is, cause duh. But it's close.

As for the sex... if you've read (almost) any of these, you should know what I'm talking about. I was trying to come up with a good recommendation about this, and it was basically that Rachel Morgan does the obligatory sex, but at least it's not too cheesy and it's not the Big Thing in the books, and Mercy Thompson has some romantic angles (and even some sex) but it's not the Obligatory Steamy Sex at all. I didn't mention Southern Vampire in that discussion, but honestly that was one of the turn-offs of the series for me, although I did give it a whirl for like five or six books - the fact that the sex was so obligatory-seeming, and so cheesy. Plus I finally just couldn't stand the crap that the main character did to herself, or allowed done to her. Sheesh. It seemed mostly absent from the Dresden book I've read so far (which I forgot to mention in my review even), and I hope that doesn't change much, and I have no clue about the Twilight books, as I only heard about them for the first time a week or so ago. And I don't think I even have to mention the Anita Blake books, despite the fact that I haven't even read the damn things...

Sorry, that's a bit long-winded. What are your thoughts? I'm especially curious about what people think about the Obligatory Hot Steamy Sex, and which books are the worst offenders (and which have it but at least aren't totally turn-offy about it.)
stormfeather
Aug. 17th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
And yes, I realize that all things considered it's probably really odd to see me voting "meh" for a sex scene and hoping a series would be without much of it... but gah, it's just so freaking obligatory in these types of books, and frankly usually so badly done to boot. -_-
stormfeather
Aug. 17th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
And to totally spam my comments field...

1) Oops, that should be Patricia Briggs, not Biggs as the author of the Mercy Thompson books. I apparently can't go back and edit once the poll's up, though...

2) I totally realized a bit late that I maybe could've and should've included Anne Rice's books in these, but a) they're a bit before most of the genre, and b) they are also in historic times as well as modern, so it's probably best I didn't think of them, anyhow.

3) I also totally should've added a question about the best song to listen to while reading these books. Which I thought of after catching myself singing Moon Over Bourbon Street to myself after posting the poll. Ah well!
donaithnen
Aug. 17th, 2008 08:27 am (UTC)
I should elaborate that sex scenes are good when they're not driving the plot and not the most prevalent part of the book *cough Laurell K. Hamilton*

I forget, have you read Kelly Armstrong's books? If not, you should :)
stormfeather
Aug. 17th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
I do not believe that I have... I'll have to look those up!
donaithnen
Aug. 17th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
The first one is "Bitten," the second one is "Stolen," i'm not sure of the order after that.

Oh, and i have joined you in the ranks of the misspellers, it's actually "Kelley Armstrong", not Kelly =P
xengar
Aug. 17th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
I didn't vote, because the Dresden Files is the only one of those listed that I've read. As for the Hot Steamy Sex Scene™, I like it if it fits (ie: makes sense for the characters to be doing that and telling us about it helps the story along) and absolutely hate it if it feels tacked on or if it seems like the author dragged out the scene as filler, thinking "Who would complain about me sex?"

A few more for your list off the top of my head:
Mercedes Lackey has two modern supernatural series and a couple of individual books, although only Children of the Night has the vampires that seem to be something of a theme in the current list.
James Hetley is another 'H' name in the field, but I don't recall any undead in his work.
Scott Westerfeld has wandered away from the realm of sci-fi several times, although primarily in his young adult material, so not so much with the obligatory sex scenes.
I know I've read more, but nothing else is coming to mind at this time of night.
xengar
Aug. 17th, 2008 09:48 am (UTC)
I'm not sure how the word "more" became the word "me" at the end of that first paragraph. Darned spellcheckers...

Also in that paragraph, by "like it" I actually meant "greatly prefer it to the authors that barely even imply that there characters might at some point possibly have had sex. maybe."
stormfeather
Aug. 17th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
Ah, I actually read the Diana Tregarde trilogy, but didn't really think about it, I guess partly because she just feels like a fantasy author to me. Heh, silly line to draw, I guess... and I'm not even sure where the line goes between "urban fantasy" and "urban supernatural."

The others I don't think I've read at all... hrm...
pokeypenguin
Aug. 17th, 2008 09:41 am (UTC)
My other is because it varies. They can be good (things I've read in the past), series-destroyingly bad (well, not the quality, which I can take or leave, Ms. Hamilton, but the hyper-focus), or indifferent (Dresden so far).

I have a pile of Rachel Morgan books, btw, but have not yet started the series.
stormfeather
Aug. 17th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
Well, obviously, you should!
pokeypenguin
Aug. 17th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
It's definitely in the short term pile. Well, at least the first one. (I bought the first 4-5 or so, on the strength of the titles alone.)
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stormfeather
Aug. 17th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
I.. don't think I've encountered the Felix Castor books yet. I remember seeing the name (probably from you among others) but never remembered to look nto them.
jsbowden
Aug. 17th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
If you're not reading Charlie Huston, you should be.
stormfeather
Aug. 17th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Man, at least this post is good for getting recommendations!
stormfeather
Aug. 17th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Also, any particular one I should start with?
jsbowden
Aug. 17th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
Already Dead.
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