Why do we like to be SCARED?
Halloween is approaching, and many people I know are looking for good scary books and movies to get them in the mood. With the paperback release of my own Halloween-themed book, this has got me wondering… why do we enjoy being scared?
Most of us don’t like being scared in real life AT ALL! Being followed by a stranger, hearing a creak on the stairs in the middle of the night, seeing a huge spiderweb on the porch but no knowing where the spider is… no thanks!
Yet people love horror movies, paranormal books, and the haunted house at the fair. Why?
I love thrillers, mysteries, suspense, and paranormal, but have no interest in horror, especially horror movies. To me, most horror movies have either ‘stock’ plots and are rife with clichés, or they’re just plain gory… but the ones that are really original are TOO scary for me! (Emily Rose, anyone? Even the Sixth Sense had me scared to get out of bed at night!) Books seem to strike the better balance for me. I guess I like the thrill factor, but at the same time the safety factor: it’s not real! (Except for Emily Rose – shiver!)
In the spirit of scare-factor research, I’d love to hear everyone else’s thoughts on this: Why do you like being scared? HOW scared do you want to be? When is a book or movie TOO scary? Or not scary enough? And if you have kids, how do you decide beforehand if a book or movie will be too scary for them?
The best answers will get an extra entry in my White Witch Pond giveaway… head on over to my Facebook page to enter! www.facebook.com/jodykiharabooks
Shaya Solen’s walk home from school takes her past an eerie pond, where one day she finds an old bracelet made of raven feathers. Soon, strange events begin to unfold: a shadowy figure glimpsed across the water, ominous nightmares haunting Shaya, and rumors of a witch who once drowned in the pond. With the discovery of a strange family connection to the witch, Shaya is drawn into a mystery that must be solved before the approaching Halloween, which is the thirteenth anniversary of the witch’s death– and Shaya’s birthday.
White Witch Pond is a great middle grade novel for both a paranormal beginner and fan. The story is scary enough that it gives you chills and makes you look over your shoulder but will not give you nightmares.
My twelve year old self would have loved this novel. If you are a hard core adult paranormal fan this book may not be for you. Shaya is a sincere and innocent twelve year old girl who narrates this story. She is on the fringe of independance and fights hard to do what she believes is right.
There is no mature content. Just an irritating but lovable brother and mom who is doing a great job at expressing love and concern for her children.
Thank you Jody for the guest post and opprotunity to be a part of the White Witch Pond blog tour presented by Lightening Book Promotions.