Over the past few years, I’ve often heard (or read) that angels are the new vampire in fiction. Whether or not this is true (die-hard vampire fans would disagree, I’m sure!), there is no mistaking the recent proliferation of angels on bookstore shelves and in e-readers. On Amazon alone, a recent search for ‘angels’ in fiction returned 17,518 titles – not that very short of the 20,890 results for ‘vampires’.
So what is it about angels that appeals to us so much? Given the majority of covers that sport incredibly attractive (usually male) winged beings, if you guessed sex appeal, you wouldn’t be far off the mark. But I think it’s more than that. After all, take off the wings and add fangs or fur and, presto change-o, you still have a really hot guy (or girl), just in another form.
1. Power – Mythologically speaking, vampires, werewolves and such are certainly powerful, but none of them hold a candle to an angel who has the power, really, of heaven itself. Nothing is quite as attractive – or as dangerous – as virtually unlimited power. And really, who among us doesn’t like to dabble (fictionally, of course!) in a little danger now and then?
2. Divine mystique – There is a sense that angels are – at least by human standards – are pretty much pure, untainted, and even infallible (unless, of course, we’re talking about the fallen variety). There’s a certain allure in the idea of interacting with such heavenly beings – an awe, if you will – that is both humbling and exciting at the same time. At the same time, there’s an even deeper fascination if flaws emerge, leaving us to wonder will he? Won’t he?
To me, the television show Supernatural’s Castiel is the epitome of this kind of sexy. Dark, dangerous, irrefutably flawed, incredibly powerful, and with that whole bad-boy warrior thing going on, you can’t help but sit up and pay a little closer attention when he’s onscreen. The angels in my Grigori Legacy series are very much like this, too: warriors, very nearly all powerful, honorable but deeply flawed...
Combine all that with a near-perfect physique and oh, yeah – definitely hot. J
Now it’s your turn! Tell me why you think angels are so sexy, and one lucky commenter (randomly chosen) will win a signed copy of their choice of Sins of the Angels or Sins of the Son, the first two books in the Grigori Legacy series. (Draw to be held at midnight on Friday, April 12, 2013, open internationally.)
Linda Poitevin is the author of the dark urban fantasy Grigori Legacy series, where angel mythology meets police procedural in a thrilling supernatural bid to stop Armageddon. Book three in the series, Sins of the Lost, will be released in October. To find out more about her books (including excerpts), check out her website at www.lindapoitevin.com. You can also find her on Twitter (www.twitter.com/lindapoitevin), Facebook (www.facebook.com/LindaPoitevin), and Goodreads (www.goodreads.com/author/show/3340475.Linda_Poitevin).