So the big day is looming and you still don’t have a special someone to share it with. You’ve exhausted the dating possibilities in the mundane human world and have consigned yourself to being forever alone with only your cat and your never-ending TBR pile for company. Why not take a leaf out of our favorite paranormal romance books and try to catch the attention of a vampire, werewolf, faerie, or other magical hottie this year? Looking through the stories of some of our favorite fantasy YA heart-throbs I’ve compiled a list of the most likely places and techniques for landing yourself a sultry supernatural S.O.
- My first suggestion, if you’re still in school, is this tried and true maneuver popularized by Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight (and like every high school paranormal romance ever): always leave an empty seat next to you in class in case of a moody mysterious new kid. Said new kid will then inevitably fall deeply and intensely in love with you, though they might try to hide it behind glares, poor manners, and inexplicable extended absences. You just might have Bella Swan’s luck and end up with a hot new lab partner.
- Do your best to studiously avoid the attention of magical beings. It might sound counter-intuitive but it worked for Aislinn Foy of Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely. Most supernatural creatures are predatory and enjoy the hunt. They are pure suckers for the old you-want-what-you-can’t-have trick. Ignore them; pretend they are invisible (or if they really are invisible, pretend their glamour actually works on you). Try not to engage them in conversation, and if they talk to you respond in as few words as possible without being rude. Within a few months you might find yourself ruling beside your own faerie king.
- Hang out in bookstores. Supernaturals who work human jobs are drawn to such places. Just ask Sam the werewolf from Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver trilogy or Georgina Kincaid from Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead. Worst comes to worst, you’re still single but you’ve just spent a day in a bookstore (never a waste of time) and may even be taking home some new reads to keep you entertained at night
- Old majestic libraries full of arcane texts work, too. Pick a place with history, prestige, and maybe some Gothic architecture–a venue where a vampire, witch, or daemon won’t feel too out of place. Oxford’s Bodleian library was just the place for witch-in-denial Dr. Diana Bishop to meet the deliciously vampiric Professor Matthew Clairmont in Deborah Harkness’s Discovery of Witches.
- So you tried all the local bookstores and you don’t have access to any impressive research libraries. As a last resort, try haunting the nearest 24-hour laundromat. It’s a little less romantic but you never know when you’re going to end up bonding with a vampire while you’re both held hostage by vampire-hunting crazies. It worked for Kerry and Ethan in Vivian Vande Velde’s Companions of the Night.
- If you’re looking specifically for someone of the fey persuasion, you definitely want to try somewhere with greenery. The Hunter’s Moon by O.R. Melling suggests a family camping trip on some old Irish ruins as a great way to get your cousin kidnapped by a faerie king and find her and yourself dates in the course of your quest to rescue her. If you don’t live anywhere near the Emerald Isle and can’t afford a plane ticket, New York City’s central park has been noted as a center for fey activity by such urban fairy tales as Lesley Livingston’s Wondrous Strange.
Okay so maybe these suggestions are a little ridiculous (or even dangerous. Please don’t actually lurk alone in your 24-laundromat and remember: kidnappings are much less romantic in real life). But don’t give up! After all, if you want to spend the night with your supernatural creature of choice on V-Day, you know you don’t have to go any farther than your favorite reading nook. I definitely recommend any of the above-mentioned works in bold as cute romantic reads perfect for a book-lover’s Valentine’s Day.
What books will you be reading this Valentine’s Day? How would you snag a supernatural date, based on the books you’ve read? Let us know in the comments, and have a happy, pleasant Valentine’s Day, full of love of every kind–romantic, familial, platonic, real or fictional.