Genre Spotlight | Contemporary Fiction

I know you’ve all been dying to know what the next genre spotlight was going to be. I’m sure you expected something fun like epic fantasy or science fiction. Maybe next time. Today, I’m here to discuss the importance of contemporary fiction. I know some people consider this genre “too close to home,” but I really enjoy it! So, here goes nothing.

Easy to comprehend.

I enjoy science fiction, but it can go over my head at times (most of the time). I love cracking open a contemporary and flying through it. There are different thoughts that need to go into a contemporary than in a science fiction novel or fantasy. Yes, they can be hard-hitting, but that doesn’t make them harder to understand.

Realistic.

I think that people can relate to contemporary fiction a lot more than any other genre. There’s not typically any paranormal / magical elements. I think this genre is especially important for young adults, the ones who are trying to find their way through life (i.e. where they fit in, their careers, college, etc.) It lets them know that they’re not alone.

Large variety.

There is so much contemporary fiction out there. It has no limits! There are so many unique experiences out there within the sea of billions of people. It also has a variety of different characters (i.e. Multiple ethnicity, LGBTQ+ representation, disability representation.)

Relatable

I’m sure modern contemporary fiction is more relatable than a classic novel from the early 1900s. There are tons of references to the current world we live in. It allows the reader to view the world from a different perspective. I’m sure it can bring someone back down to Earth. It can definitely be humbling.

This is a very broad genre to discuss, so the reasons were vague. Not a ton to say about it, but I still wanted to share the reasons I love it. I hope y’all don’t mind.

– Disclaimer –

I’m not saying that all contemporary novels are amazing. Yes, there are a ton out there that misrepresent the genre, but you just can’t focus on those. I know this genre won’t be for everyone, but I think it’s worth a shot. These are my opinions, so if you hate contemporary, then that is 100% okay.

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