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!
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!
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May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽