Top Ten Tuesday – Why I Love Reading Contemporary Fiction
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!
This week’s TTT topic is Reasons Why I Love [insert your favorite book title, genre, author, etc. here]. Since I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary fiction lately, I decided to share some reasons why I’m enjoying reading it so much. Many of the reasons I’m sharing of course also can be applied to other genres, but they just specifically add to the charm of contemporary fiction for me.
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Reasons Why I Love Reading Contemporary Fiction
(in no particular order)
- I love the modern settings — places I recognize from having visited, or even places that I want to visit. As much as I might enjoy reading about the same exact city in a historical fiction, there’s just something comforting and familiar for me reading about it in a contemporary. New York immediately comes to mind as I’m typing this.
- I love the overall timely feel of a contemporary, especially in terms of its inclusion of modern technology, social media, current events, etc. Those things that make it so relevant to right now.
- Along similar lines, I love reading contemporary novels that are sprinkled with familiar pop culture references. Whether it’s Star Wars, Harry Potter, or something else iconic, it’s just fun to actually “get” the references.
- I’m a huge fan of fantasy and all of the magic that typically accompanies those kinds of stories, but another appeal of contemporary fiction for me is just seeing ordinary, everyday people (Muggles, lol) facing and overcoming difficulties without the assistance of any kind of special powers. Anne from Books of My Heart commented on one of my reviews this week and she says she calls this “Life Fiction” and I I really liked the term.
- Along the same lines, I also love contemporary fiction in that it often just gives us a snapshot of a character or characters’ everyday lives. Sometimes I just think it’s fun to get a glimpse into a day in the life of someone else.
- Another huge appeal of contemporary fiction for me is that it feeds my inner mood reader because there’s such a wide range of subject possibilities, not to mention that you can easily find either a light, fluffy read or an emotional one that will have you grabbing for the tissues. There’s a book for every mood!
- I can’t forget to talk about the diversity. Contemporary fiction is doing such a wonderful job with representation these days. I love that there’s so much representation out there for different races, cultures, religion, the LGBTQ community, mental illness, and so much more.
- I also love contemporary fiction because it is in these kinds of stories that I most often see myself in the characters. They are definitely more relatable to me than a fantasy character or even a character from historical fiction.
- Romance is also a draw for me when it come to contemporary fiction, mainly because it seems to be the place where I find my favorite tropes and that snarky, witty banter that I love so much.
- Last but not least, the covers! I know I shouldn’t judge books by their covers but I totally do and I adore the covers for contemporary fiction reads, especially if they’re those cute illustrated covers that seem to be the trend now.
Question: Do you read contemporary fiction? What do you enjoy about it?
I’ve done the opposite of you with mine – I did historical fiction, but I do love contemporary fiction as well!
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I just read your list and thought it was great too. Summed up my love of historical fiction very well. 🙂
I share a lot of the same reasons you mentioned! I like an everyday slice of life kind of story from time to time, and I love learning about different people, cultures and countries through a book. Contemporary fiction allows me to do that! And we definitely do get a lot more diversity in contemporary fiction more than anywhere else. Great list x
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I definitely agree with all of these! I love the illustrated cover trend, and I also enjoy contemporary fiction because the characters feel more relatable than with other genres. I also love books that explore social media and its role in our lives, because it’s so timely.
I’ve had a really good run of contemporaries that explore social media lately and I’m loving the trend.
I haven’t read contemporary fiction in quite a while. You’re making me want to change that, especially due to the diversity in it these days.
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There’s definitely plenty of diversity. 🙂
I don’t read enough contemporary, which is sad because every time I do, I enjoy it so much! I also love glimpses into every day lives, they make me feel so normal😁
I hardly ever used to read it either but have been craving it more and more lately for some reason.
I love all these reasons and they are also why I’m 100% more of a contemporary kind of girl than other genres.
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I love a lot of different genres but contemporary is definitely one of my favorites.
See your last reason is why I tend to not love contemporaries so much, romance tends to be the major component of a lot of them and I’m not a big romance reader. I do like the familiarity of the settings, and the diversity though.
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I’m not a huge romance reader but I definitely prefer a contemporary one.
I love contemporary fiction. That was almost exclusively what I read for a long time. I think it’s fun to have modern aspects to these books – social media, etc. – as well as fun pop culture references!
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Yeah, I really love how easy they are to relate to for those reasons.
Great list! I don’t read an awful lot of contemporary, but I completely agree that it’s nice to see characters overcoming obstacles without fantastical assistance.
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I’m a total contemporary reader and rarely read outside the genre. There are a lot of reasons why but the main one is that I connect with a story and the characters better when it’s based in reality, and in the here and now.
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Yes, the here and now definitely makes it easier for me to relate to a character. Their struggles are usually something I can more easily imagine myself facing than with other genres.
Thanks for the shout out. I am enjoying more of this type of literature. As long as it doesn’t have too much drama.
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Yeah, there’s definitely a fine line between just the right amount of drama and too much.
I love contemporary fiction for a lot of the same reasons as you! I love how it’s kind of a time capsule of the time a book was written in and can be looked back in a different light in the future.
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I agree about how interesting it is to look back. I guess a lot of the books we consider contemporary now could be classified as historical at some point.
The thing you said about fantasy versus reading contemporary is exactly why I love reading contemporary fiction.
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I love my fantasy reads and all of their magic too but yeah, there’s just something I really like about watching an ordinary person using their own wits and resourcefulness to confront obstacles.
It is absolutely interesting to see how this TTT was interpreted and to get to know you all a bit better. Thank you for sharing this with us and happy reading. Stay safe and well.
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I absolutely love, when characters visit some place I have been. That’s a thing with me, and you’re right. There are so many different flavors of contemporary fiction, which can cater to different tastes and moods.
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Right? It’s almost like getting to take another trip to that location.
I agree with you on seeing ordinary, just-like-you people struggle to overcome obstacles in a book without the aid of magic, superpowers, etc. It’s easy to relate to characters like that and to root for their success. I find real people overcoming real problems (even if it’s fictional people with fictional problems – you know what I mean!) inspiring.
Yep, I know exactly what you mean. 🙂
I don’t read a ton of Contemporary fiction but my favorites are the ones with Lots and lots of pop culture/Harry Potter/Star Wars references 😀
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I really love those too. 🙂
Good reasons! I’m very picky about the contemporaries I read, but when I find one I love I recommend it far and wide. Very good post!
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Thank you! 🙂
Great list of why you love contemporary fiction Suzanne! I have to agree completely with the real and relatable characters, pop culture references, and snarky banter!
Contemporary isn’t exactly my go-to so I had to read this. I have to say I can see the appeal now. I even agreed with a lot of these statements I also like more inclusion of diversity, and pop culture references. I guess I like contemporary more than I thought.
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I read a lot more of it now than I used to. I used to consider contemporary mainly chick lit, but there seems to be a lot more variety now.
Muggles indeed Suzanne! LOL
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I agree that contemporary fiction can be timely. It’s fun to see the characters go through experiences that I go through as well. I especially love that you mention how contemporary books are about “ordinary, everyday people . . . facing and overcoming difficulties.” Those are the best stories.
They really are the best. 🙂
Most of the reasons you’ve listed, Suzanne, are the same reasons I love paranormal romance and urban fantasy! 😉
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