Hello, book lovers! 💕
My go-to genre has always been contemporary ficiton. And lately I’ve been in the biggest contemporary mood so I decided to write a post talking about why it’s my favorite genre and the one I reach for the most when I am in a reading slump.
First books I read in the genre:
I remember the first author I read from this genre was Sarah Dessen. I read one of her books in 8th grade, and I was hooked. Then I was constantly trying to find similar books, which is how I came across John Green, Morgan Mason, and Stephanie Perkins. I could get enough. Their characters felt like fictional friends I stumbled upon then grew attached to.
Favorite authors in the genre:
Some of my favorite authors from this genre are Morgan Matson, Kasie West, Becky Albertalli, John Green, and Sandhya Menon, though there are so many that I love and I’m sure so many others that I haven’t even discovered yet.
What I like about the genre:
I like being able to read about characters that could possibly be real people. It makes me feel connected to them in a way. They feel more real in my head since I don’t have to imagine too much about the world they live in or what they look like. If the story takes place in our world, I’m able to visualize the characters a little better. They feel like people I could meet in real life instead of a fictional character in a book.
Not only that, but I can learn about the way people live or act. Like if the main character suffers from a mental illness and the author represents that accurately, I am able to get a glimpse of what it could be like to live with that. Or I could connect with the character if he or she struggles with, say, anxiety. I tend to see those types of issues being discussed in some contemporary fiction than I would in a fantasy or sci-fi.
Whenever I find myself falling into a reading slump, I always pick up a book from this genre. It’s not just the fact that they’re usually fast reads (though that can help when trying to get out of a reading slump), but it’s also the fact that I’m able to escape my world and problems, even if it’s to go to a world so similar to our own. The fun, lighthearted nature of a majority of these books always put a smile on my face.
But I also like that the recent books I have read in this genre deal with serious topics, like mental illness or LGBTQ+. It solidifies the fact that the things that happen in the book could also happen in real life.
So that’s my favorite genre. It’s the one that always pulls me out of a reading slump and makes me the happiest when reading. What’s one of your favorite genres? I’d love to know in the comments below!