Five and a half years ago, I picked up a lovely little book called Twilight (highly obscure title...I'm sure none of you have heard of it). Prior to that time, my fiction reading was strictly limited to contemporary and historical fiction with the occasional fantasy thrown in. Vampires were never invited to cross my threshold. And apart from Lupin, I knew nothing of werewolves. Witches and wizards...they were okay in moderation.
In my post Twilight high, I sucked up every YA paranormal fantasy I could find. I read it all - the good and the bad (and for you Twilight haters, there are paranormal fantasies worse that make Twilight look like Pulitzer quality literature in comparison). I wasn't picky.
My tastes became a little more discerning over time. I didn't have specific categories of paranormals I liked and didn't like, but I didn't immediately pick up a YA paranormal. By 2012 and 2013, I still read paranormal, but it was mixed in with other kinds of books.
Fast forward to 2014 and suddenly the thought of YA paranormal turns my stomach. Objectively, I know there are wonderful paranormal novels, but all I can think about are insta-love, love triangles, and Romeo & Juliet lovers who are universally TSTL. It's even turned me off to titles I am excited about - like Laini Taylor's last book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series.
Right now I just want to read contemporary YA fiction with the occasional jump to sci fi or high fantasy. This saddens me, because I hate flatly excluding any genre (especially now that I'm finally getting into sci fi and mysteries, the only two genres I have consistently disliked as an adult). I'm even a little turned off by YA in general. I'm still reading lots of YA, but I'm reading more adult fiction as well (I'm reading The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion right now. It's fabulous so far). That's not necessarily a bad thing. I like having a better balance between adult and YA than I've had in the past.
Still, I miss feeling excited about YA paranormal. Mostly I dislike feeling that a genre is closed off to me.