11 YA Novels With All The Spooky Vibes Of 'Supernatural' — But Way More Women
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By Kerri Jarema
CW juggernaut Supernatural just aired its 300th episode during its 14th season on television. It goes without saying that this a huge milestone in the world of TV, where hitting syndication (typically 88 episodes, or about four seasons) is all that most programs can ask for. If you're not familiar with the premise, the show stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as the Winchester brothers Sam and Dean — famed hunters of all things ghostly, demonic or otherwise evil — as they fight the bad guys, grapple with their pasts, and gift viewers with arguably one of the greatest family love stories to ever hit TV screens.
But there is no denying that Supernatural is a man's world: there have been very few female characters in a recurring role, and many of them ended up dead. While there have been a few complex female characters on the show — Mary Winchester, Ellen and Jo Harvelle, Charlie Bradbury, and Jody Mills all come to mind — their stories are never really center-stage. Even if you love the adventures of Sam and Dean, you might be wondering where you can find some horror-centric stories that put women at the center (especially if you're still bummed that the Wayward Sisters spin-off never came to be). Well, I've got them in the 11 YA books below.
While these reads are not all necessarily about female hunters per se, they are each about women who fight supernatural evils in one form or another — and unlike the (mostly mortal) Winchesters, some of them even possess magical powers themselves. After you're done celebrating Supernatural's milestone, check out a few of these reads for some fiercely female takes on the genre: