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Anyway Today's Topic - My Love-Hate Relationship with YA Contemporary
YA is a fairly broad genre or more correctly age group. It's becoming increasingly popular among readers especially adults who a) read it because it's so much more interesting or b) makes them feel young again! For me, as a teenager, I can't imagine reading anything but YA! I mean sure, I read the occasional PNR or UF but I never stray too far from YA.
I not a fussy reader. If it's YA and fiction, there's a fairly good chance that I'll pick it up sometime in my life, just because. That said, I lean toward paranormal and Contemporary books with romance. Paranormal is my favourite genre, I live for stories about things that go bump in the night. Paranormal and I live a peaceful life where our love for each other is strong and we have many happy years in front of us.
Contemporary? eh ... it's complicated. I have always loved reading but since 2009 I have become an addict. I would like to say that it has nothing to do with Twilight but...it does. It was Twilight that introduced me to Paranormal. It was Twilight that lead me to Mortal Instruments which in turn led me to blogging. Twilight let my love for Paranormal blossom but it also turned my love relationship with Contemporary into a love-hate relationship.
You see, before when I just loved reading, I read HEAPS on contemporary, it outnumbered any other genre on my bookshelf, it was my poison. But since Twilight I have explored deeper into the Contemporary genre. I discovered that there was a darker side to it...the side that I hate. the side that involves 'issues', death and depression.
Books like 'Wintergirls' by Laurie Halse Anderson, 'Living Dead Girl' by Elizabeth Scott and 'If I Stay' by Gayle Forman can all be classified as the 'dark side' of Contemporary. Although, I actually found 'If I Stay' and 'Living Dead Girl' quite good so I probably shouldn't have used them as examples but nevertheless, I hate this type of Contemporary. It's ..ugly, I don't think that we should find any enjoyment in reading about some 16yr old with problems. It challenges everything about fiction, where's enjoyment when we are reading depressing novels about drugs, suicide and abuse?
Books like 'Anna and the French Kiss' by Stephanie Perkins, ' The Lonely Hearts Club' by Elizabeth Eulberg and ' She's So Dead to Us' by Kieran Scott are all classified as the 'light side' of Contemporary. Nothing heavy - cute, romantic and just so much easier to enjoy! I loved all of these books and spend time even now looking for books similar to them! Sure, some of the ideas are a little far-fetched and maybe a little too romantic to be anything close to reality but I love this type of Contemporary because it's fiction! It's enjoyable, it's what a books should be like!
So there you have it my love-hate relationship with Contemporary. What about you? Is it just me or do anyone else out there have a love- hate relationship with a genre??? Maybe I'm just weird...
Badass Bookie xx