Brass Tacks: Supernatural vs Paranormal; Vampire vs Zombie

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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About Nina Soden

Wife, Mommy, Young-Adult Fantasy Author, Artist, Actress, Director... I'm only as old as I feel and I try to see the good in everyone, but some days that's a struggle.
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One Response to Brass Tacks: Supernatural vs Paranormal; Vampire vs Zombie

  1. Jonas Lee says:

    I always thought supernatural was dipping into religious tendencies and paranormal was the ghosts and monsters. Now, … I’m back to being confused.

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