I have had this argument in my head for ages now… the difference between supernatural and paranormal! I believe this blog hits it on the head! What do you think?
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Two things happened to me recently that turned my world a little on its side: 1) writers at a writer’s conference asked me what I was looking for in YA and I said ‘no more paranormal.’ But then they asked me if I liked zombies and I said I LOVED zombies. They all laughed at me ironically. 2) I had a conversation with someone in which I made the statement: I do not like paranormal, but I love supernatural. I pretty much stopped myself short, realizing mid-word (and remembering the writer’s conference) that I actually had no idea what the difference is between the two words.
We both immediately whipped out our iPhones:
So yea… thanks for nothing, dictionary.
Friends and readers, lovers and haters: We have a mission to complete. What IS what?!
Let’s start with prefixes.
Para: beyond …beyond normal.
Super: above; over; beyond…
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I always thought supernatural was dipping into religious tendencies and paranormal was the ghosts and monsters. Now, … I’m back to being confused.