Let’s Discuss! What Makes a Good Contemporary?

Hi everyone! I was looking over at my shelves this morning and thought “I’d really like to re-read a contemporary!’. Why? Because I always find them relaxing, easy to read and relatable.

This got me onto thinking what makes contemporaries so good – and my favourite genre.

So today we’re here to discuss the recipe of creating an amazing contemporary novel!

They’re relatable

Personally, I always find contemporaries the most relatable of YA novels. Simply because they’re usually set in places we know…high schools, colleges, cities and holiday homes! They also tend to show real characters in real time. These characters are not always perfect and they don’t have superpowers, but that’s what makes them so great!

They’re easy reads

Contemporaries tend to be written in real time or even diary format. This makes it easy for us to live in them, and follow the plot as the character does!

Do things in our world without actually doing them

The thing I love most about contemporary YA is the ability to experience things in our world, but without moving anywhere. Speaking in book terms, I’ve road-tripped across America (twice!) and had countless vacations at beautiful places. I’ve made fell in love with guys in Paris, Dehli and New York. I’ve experienced this world as I could only dream it!

A close connection to the character and the reader

Going back to relatablity, a first person viewpoint can also help feeling incredibly close to the main character of a book. I always count contemporaries as memories instead of novels…and this has to be the main reason why!

Did you enjoy this post – and would you like to see more similar?

Also, what do you think makes your favourite genre so awesome?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


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10 thoughts on “Let’s Discuss! What Makes a Good Contemporary?

  1. What a good idea for a post. My favorite thing about contemporaries is how relatable they are, as you mentioned. I like how they get me really emotionally invested in the characters. I’m also a sucker for great writing, and good contemporaries have something the best writing in all of YA.

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  2. Great post idea!

    I have to admit that I rarely read contemporaries unless they’re dark or deal with difficult/important subjects. I fully understand why people love the light, fluffy, summery ones but they’re just not for me! The most important thing for me is that when the contemporaries are talking about more serious issues like mental illness that it’s a good, accurate representation.

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  3. I am huge contemporary reader, it is and always will be my favorite genre. Other readers only read contemporaries when they need to take a break from fantasy world, I however, am the complete oppsite.

    I love contemporary books not just because they’re easy—which is not really true because A LOT of them deal with heavy topics—but because they are RELATABLE. I love putting myself into the characters shoes and going through their story. They also are my escape in real life, and are a great help in my personal struggles.

    These are not enough words to show my love for Contemporary books, but basically I just really really love them! 💙💙💙

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    1. I completely agree with you! I read fantasy to get away from contemporary and/or real life.
      Definitely! Contemporaries tend to deal with hard topics in a way we can understand and relate to as a ‘normal’ person; I’m really grateful to authors for giving me that opportunity!
      Aww I totally get where you’re coming from – because that was exactly what I was trying to say in my post. Thank you for your lovely comment ♥ xx

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  4. Great post! I haven’t read a whole lot of contemporary in the past couple of years, but have been reading more recently. I definitely agree that contemporaries are easier to relate to than other genres. Even contemporaries that aren’t “fluffy” and deal with harder topics like abuse or mental illness, they’re still more “real” to me and even though I may not personally relate to what’s going on, it’s easier to see yourself in that position dealing with the same things, whereas in a fantasy or sci-fi book you know that what’s happening isn’t something you would ever have to deal with.

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    1. Thank you! I’m opposite! I started reading contemporary and just now I’m getting into fantasy/sci-fi/horror and other genres 🙂 I think contemporaries will always have a special place in my heart, though!

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