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.
In my opinion, two things set angels apart from other supernatural beings:
- 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?
- 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. 🙂
(Originally posted on Tea ‘n Tote Bags)
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