A while ago I was in the mood to read some hardcore fantasy, so I did what any book lover may do, I stalked all the books I had to read on my bookshelf. Upon my dismay, I realized that practically all the books on my shelves, that are unread, are contemporary. Not only contemporary, but the character have a legitimate problem to deal with in his or her life.
Thus, this got me thinking: Why do I have so much contemporary? I use to believe I never had a 'set' genre. I thought I was pretty open to reading anything. So...here I am writing about why I love reading this certain genre. So many prefer reading fantasy and fantasy a-like because it takes them out of their reality and puts them into some kick ass 'brain film'.
I also love reading contemporary becuase I feel like I'm not alone. I feel like these characters have become my best friends and they trust me enough to tell me their deepest darkest secrets. I love reading about girls going through breakups because it makes me feel like the way I acted after being dumped didn't make me crazy. I love reading about girls with boyfriends because I miss what it's like to have a crush on someone.
Don't get me wrong, I love reading other genre's. The only thing I have a problem with with some genres is that the main character (usually a girl) seems so dependent on having a boyfriend. Not only a boyfriend, but the character tends to find themselves in a love triangle, and I despise love triangles. To me, they make the main character seem super desperate. I love reading contemporary because the guy is never this perfect stud muffin with an amazing body. There is usually always some type of flaw in him, yet girls swoon over him anyways. For example, St. Claire from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins has an overbite. Wesley from the D.U.F.F by Kody Keplinger has a few family problems.
If you're interest in reading more contemporary here are some of my favorites because they're either fun or inspired me in some way (some you may not consider contemporary):
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- The Fault In Our Stars By John Green
- Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
- The D.U.F.F by Kody Keplinger
- Openly Straight by Bill Koningsberg
- Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
- Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
- Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
- Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
- The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
- Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
- Statistical Probably of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
- Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
- The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
What are some of your favorites?