If any of you know me at all or even just follow me on bookstagram/twitter (anywhere honestly), you’ll soon enough find out that I’m just a fantasy type gal. I read it. I breathe it. I live it. FANTASY OKAY?
So why am I starting to enjoy contemporaries more?
Cause of the exact same reason I’m not a contemporary reader, because these books are about people. Here on Earth. Not Hogwarts or Prythian. To me, that’s not fun. I’d prefer dragons, witches, gremlins and goblins any day of the week.
HERE’S THE THING THOUGH. There’s a saying that the people who don’t like to read just haven’t found the right book. I’ve just been reading typical contemporary romances + okay don’t hate me you contemporary lovers but a majority of them are like that. Just like how after a while some YA fantasy books can feel tedious.
So quite recently-ish (past year or so, so it’s not that recent I guess) there’s been a tidal wave of own voices and diverse novels that I’ve discovered through bookstagram and I am GLAD. Let me tell you I adore some of these books. They are raw and real and I can read about experiences that I may personally never experience, and I think it’s so damn important, because you always have to be mindful of that. Everyone experiences things differently and even just reading abut things like this brings me more awareness. Plus a lot of them are about really current issues, and some are just straight up adorable. What’s not to love? Also, how awesome is it to finally see yourself being represented in books. I’m Asian and getting to see someone who looks like me and lives their lives like I do is so wonderful.
Also yes there is discussion of important issues in other genres but for example, while it would/could be effectively used in a fantasy novel, the larger focus of the book would still probably be the magic system or so and so. (okay but that’s not saying that fantasy, historical fiction, sci-fi etc. books don’t deal with these topics well, because some really do)
So TL;DR I’m just super super late to the whole contemporary party oops?
(OKAY ALSO LET IT BE KNOWN, I’M STILL NEVER GOING TO CHOOSE IT OVER FANTASY, I JUST HAVE A BIGGER APPRECIATION FOR IT NOW)
Talk To Me
What’s your favourite genre? Why? What’s your favourite book in that genre? Are you a fantasy lover like me? Do you agree with my thoughts? Let me know!
Also please recommend me some contemporaries if you have any favourites!
Until next time,