WILL HOLLYWOOD EVER GIVE UP THE GHOSTS?
Don’t expect producers to do so any time soon. Paranormal TV series and movies are huge money makers. Research shows the growing supernatural genre is meeting an increasing curiosity in unexplainable phenomena.
Sociologists Christopher Bader and F. Carson Mencken of Baylor University and Joseph Baker of East Tennessee State University report in their 2011 book Paranormal America that more than two-thirds of Americans have paranormal beliefs. Leading scholars suggest, with the growth of an immigrant population more open to the paranormal, the pop culture demand for the supernatural is expected to only increase.
However, there are those who have no interest, mainly atheists and conservative Christians. Though both groups rarely see eye to eye on anything, they both share an ardent disbelief in UFOs, ghosts, psychics, Bigfoot, etc. Regardless, studies show that nearly half of all Americans believe in these things, including extraterrestrials!
Apart from the obvious group of skeptics, there is a growing majority of spiritual seekers in our generation who are opening their wallets to beliefs, practices, and experiences that are not necessarily respected by accepted science or conventional religion. Their curiosity is making the paranormal a mainstream topic. “What we can say with certainty is that we live in a paranormal America,” write Bader, Mencken and Baker. “Put another way, the paranormal is normal.”
Author L.A. Emrich’s new book BEYOND THE RABBIT EARS explores America’s pop culture obsession with the paranormal by taking a look at popular music, literature, ancient myths, history, religion, the Bible, mystic poetry, TV shows, and movies. You’ll be amazed at how much of what people consider “normal” has actually been strongly influenced by the paranormal!
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