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The Appeal of Paranormal Television

Paranormal television encompasses the genre of "reality" television that focuses on ghosts and other spooky phenomena. Analyze the history and relevance of "ghost hunting" television shows and address a few reasons why the genre’s popularity persists. How do these shows mesh reality television with history, travel, and detective/crime genres?

  • Good topic! You might also explore the way paranormal phenomena and hauntings are presented in cultures across these shows. For example, there is a show called Amish Haunting. There're also shows featuring haunted places in different parts of America, where the ghosts and hauntings take different "shapes." For instance, New Orleans has voodoo and Marie Laveau; New England has Salem and the witch trials; the Southeast tends toward "Southern Gothic" and so forth. – Stephanie M. 4 years ago