The Supernatural Theme
Ethan tends to observe things pretty casually. Things that would make us go "holy Incubus, Batman!" barely seem to rouse him. When Larkin transforms his arm into a snake, Ethan brushes it off as though it's an everyday occurrence. Um…? Regardless of how he reacts, almost everything in Gatlin—especially Lena and Ethan's relationship—has an element of the supernatural mixed in. Part of the fun of reading Beautiful Creatures comes from trying to separate magic from reality.
Questions About The Supernatural
- Which electric sensations that Ethan experiences do you think are the result of love and which are the result of something supernatural?
- Why doesn't all this magic freak out Ethan? Seriously, Ethan—get freaked out!
- Amma makes a bit of side money reading cards for Gatlin residents in the swamp. Why do you think people seem to tolerate her magic but are afraid of Lena and her family?
- Do you think the different Casters' powers line up with their personalities? Why or why not?
Chew on This
Ethan is unfazed by Lena's magical family because he grew up with it himself. He has always lived with Amma's brand of magic and his mother telling him about the magical world within books.
Lena says she can't control her powers, but she's conveniently able to use them to her advantage as the novel progresses.