Cassandra Chandler's Top Five Paranormal Heroes + Giveaway
Asking me to list my top five paranormal heroes is like inviting me into a chocolate shop—there’s delicious fun to be had just thinking about it. I made a huge list, and managed to whittle it down to my very favorite wizards, werewolves, and otherworldly men. Some of them might surprise you!
Oz, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
In terms of TV heroes, a visit to Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an absolute must. The show is filled with amazing characters and truly compelling heroes. I could probably do a “top five” just with characters from this show! My friends are still debating Angel vs. Spike, and of course, there’s Giles, with his British accent and bad-boy turned good-guy charm. But for me, it’s always been Oz—the quiet guy who knows what he wants and needs and stands up for himself in the calmest possible way. Oz caught my interest from the beginning. With Seth Green’s subtle, yet powerful performance in the episode “Phases”, I was hooked.
Cadeon Woede, from Dark Desires After Dusk
And then there’s Cadeon Woede from Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. I love the way Cade treated Holly in Dark Desires After Dusk. Holly did a great job of telling him about what she needed to feel safe and comfortable, but never had to ask him for what she wanted. Cade listened to her, thought about her needs, and did his best to meet them while also getting his own needs met. The dinner scene where he surprises Holly by arranging for her to have food she’ll actually be able to eat put him over the top for me. Cade continually surprised me with the depth of his emotion and the levels he would go to help his loved ones.
Hayate, from Prétear
I’m a fan of Japanese manga and anime, and adore the series Prétear. It has plenty of paranormal heroes to choose from. My favorite is Hayate—the Knight of Wind. Hayate didn’t always treat Himeno kindly, but there was a very good reason for him trying to keep her at a distance. He was always protecting her, even when he was pushing her away. Their back-and-forth was aggravating and hilarious and made the ultimate resolution so satisfying. I loved getting a glimpse of Hayate’s real personality at the end, and knowing that pair would always be able to support—and challenge—each other.
Harry Dresden, from The Dresden Files
Harry Dresden of The Dresden Files is very dear to my heart, whether it’s the books or the TV show. He’s another hero who will do whatever it takes to help people—a wizard with a heart of gold. I actually had to stop reading the series for a while because I liked him so much, I couldn’t bear to see the horrible things he went through. Jim Butcher is a master at throwing conflict at his characters and building tension into his plots.
Vincent, from the original Beauty and the Beast
My all-time favorite paranormal hero is Vincent from the original TV show, Beauty and the Beast. I consider this an early paranormal TV show—it had episodes featuring psychic powers and ghosts that always left you wondering, “What if…”. I love Vincent’s strength, matched with his gentleness—his caring nature and capacity for love, balanced with understanding and thought. And, of course, Ron Perlman’s rumbling, velvet voice, so often used in reading my favorites passages from Shakespeare and Rilke… I pretty much love everything about that show. I’ll let you all in on a secret I haven’t shared before now. The “Chandler” in my pen name is an homage to the original version of Catherine Chandler in this series. Linda Hamilton brought to life one of the strongest female characters I’ve ever encountered. Catherine is a character I consider a role model. I strive to write female characters, like Jazz, who are as strong as her—and heroes like Finn who are worthy.
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Cassandra Chandler has studied folklore and mythology for her entire life and been accused of taking fairy tales a bit too seriously. Raised in a household where tarot readings and viewing auras were considered mundane, she spends her time writing and trying to appear normal. At least the writing is working out.
Her romances range from sweet to scorching, set in extraordinary worlds and driven by characters searching for a deep and lasting love. She has always seen the starry sky as a destination rather than a matte painting, though her primary residence is on earth.
You can follow her thoughts on writing, life, and mostly writing at www.cassandra-chandler.com (updates every Wednesday!) or see her real-time ramblings on Twitter (@casschandler). She loves to hear from readers through email at firstname.lastname@example.org!