Why YA contemporary is very much alive

Hi friends, happy Sunday! Did you have a lovely week? Mine was pretty uneventful, to be honest I am just looking forward to more long weekends and time off, haha. Today I’m glad to be back with a discussion topic about my favorite genre, contemporary books.

A couple days ago, as I scrolled down Twitter, I happened to stumble upon a strange conversation, or more like single tweets quoting and denying something that someone had said. I’m not going to pinpoint who because to be honest, I do not know, and I do not really care. I’m not here to point fingers and blame anyone, but these couple of tweets definitely sparked something in me.

Because we are talking about my favorite genre here.

To quickly sum things up before getting into this, I’ll leave you with the fantastic Jenny Han tweet.

According to this, and to many conversations I have seen, someone was saying that YA contemporary is dead. If I had been eating something when I read that, I probably would have swallowed wrong and wouldn’t be writing this post. Okay, I’m probably being overdramatic here, but you get the idea. It seems SO, well, crazy to say such a thing because how could young adult contemporary books be dead when they are real, here, in the publishing market, even hitting the New York Times Bestsellers list with a bang for so many weeks straight?! (yes, The Hate U Give, I’m looking at you, though I haven’t been able to read you yet. I know, I’m so failing here.)

This tweet, these thoughts, made me feel a bit angrybut I also found out that they offered the perfect excuse for me to flail at my favorite genre again, something which I haven’t done for a very long time. Okay, maybe I do it regularly, but I can’t help it. So, to people daring to think that young adult contemporary is dead, I shall provide you with a small list of why it is so. very. much. alive. Blood pumping, adrenaline rushing and everything.

  • DIVERSITY!

There has been an ongoing battle for more diversity in young adult books. Battle is probably not the right word here, to be honest: we should not have to fight for something like that. ANYWAY let’s move on from that and recognize how fabulous it is to see more diversity in books: characters from different countries, background, nationalities and sexualities, overall just BEING HUMAN and more representative each day of ALL the young adults and overall of the diversity of the world. It’s there, it’s happening and it’s not stopping anytime soon.

How could a genre where people actually recognize themselves more and more slowly decrease?

  • CHARACTERS: AN INFINITE SUBJECT

If fantasy allows us to get lost in new worlds, contemporary often focus on character-development and are the books where characters’ voices shine, grow and change with every page you turn and as the story evolves. Where universes, dystopian societies and fantasy stories can wear out with time, as seen with the dystopian genre these last few years, characters never get old and so does stories where characters are put in the center.

I’m not saying that some genres are dead, don’t get me wrong. All genres shine bright, wear out a little bit, evolve, come back full force. I just think that characters definitely are infinite, just like people in this world.

  • IT’S LIFE!

If someone was reading The Hunger Games in the 1800’s, they definitely would not understand the message it tries to pass through. The overwhelming presence of reality shows and its excess and violence, making this a show for everyone to watch when lives at at stakes. Or at least, maybe it would take on a different dimension, since society is not the same at that time.

If, in contemporary books, you obviously see an evolution to the world the characters are in, with new technologies, social media and their increasing presence finding their way through the pages, the life they lead is relevant and relatable for the most part – unlike the fantasy words we sometimes get lost in. Contemporary books, whether they’re old or new, always find some kind of resonance in the world we are currently living and overall by the experience of life characters are going through. It’s life after all and life is always relevant.

  • UNIVERSAL THEMES!

Contemporary books also allow to explore so many different, important and accurate themes in our everyday lives. From the sweet romance to the complications of it. From family and parental issues to supportive casts of friends and the difficulties of friendships at times. Harder topics such as violence, bullying, abuse, self-harm and more. Themes you can relate to, feel, themes that are not getting old anytime soon.

If this post mostly focuses on contemporary, I am not saying that fantasy, sci-fi and any genre in young adult books have these kind of things in their pages, nor am I saying that they are dead or on their way there. In the publishing industry, things change, grow, evolve. For instance, dystopia had its time to shine and now it as bit on the back of the shelves, it’s still there and ready to come back. Just like any genre, really.

Contemporary is so very much alive and will keep on growing, just like any genre in the young adult category, mainly because we keep on feeding them with our passion and love within the community and outside of it. And let me tell you, it’s not stopping anytime soon.

This post was inspired by the twitter “ya contemporary is dead” small talk that happened a couple days ago.

Do you think one genre within the young adult category is currently “shining” brighter than others?

What’s your favorite genre and what makes you keep on going back for it everytime? Tell me all about it!

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78 thoughts on “Why YA contemporary is very much alive

  1. Okay whoa. How is contemporary dead??? Look at THUG! (And don’t worry, Marie, I haven’t read it either. *sobs*) I think contemporary is really in trend right now (or maybe that’s just me reading more of it) — how could it be”dead”?

    I totally agree with your reasons though! I also think that there will always be one “shining” genre while others hang in the back. But it doesn’t mean that the other genres are dead, or even not as good as the shining genre. The shining genre’s just in more demand. I also love the point you bring up on characters and how we’ll never stop reading about characters (and therefore contemporaries) because we relate to those characters and ARE those people.

    Love this post, Marie! ❀

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    1. Haha thank you, May! I’m SO happy that you haven’t read THUG yet, I feel less alone. I’m hoping that we both can read it soon though, it sounds SO good.
      Thank you so, so much, I’m so happy you liked this post and agreed πŸ™‚

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  2. Great post my Sweechie! I totally don’t feel YA is dead! The genre reflects an entire generation, and with each generation comes best sellers and a way of life you don’t explore as much in other genre.
    My favorite genre is psychological thrillers and I’m so happy that we’ve been blessed with lots of new titles!

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    1. Thank you so, so much my Sweechie!! ❀
      Ohh that's SO great! To be honest, I'm kind of too scared to read this genre but I admit that, just from reading books' summaries once in a while – especially ones of the books you read since you review them :), make me curious and intrigued ahah πŸ™‚

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  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE contemporary books (tie with fantasy I guss) and whoever said that was infinitely wrong. For example, right now I”m reading American Street, which is about a Haitan girl who has immigrated to America trying to figure out where her culture belongs and who she is; and North of Happy, about a Mexican boy whose brother has been killed, trying to make sense of who he is now. I love how YA contemporary can examine so closely what it means to live in a world where nobody fits in perfectly, and it is so good at doing that, and reflective of the place and time it was written in. YES TO THIS WHOLE POST, and thank you for writing it!

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    1. Thank you, Shanti! πŸ™‚ Oh, I have heard about American Street a little bit, is it good so far? πŸ™‚
      I really want to read North of Happy, I have read two books by the author already and I really enjoyed both of them πŸ™‚
      Thank YOU so much for sharing your thoughts about this πŸ™‚

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  4. Though I definitely agree that YA Contemporary is NOT dead and is still one of the most popular genres out there, I’d also like to say that everything you mentioned in your blog is present in a LOT of other genres. Maybe it’s me personally being biased against YA Contemporary (I don’t like this genre) but when it comes to diversity, universal themes and character development, it’s present in a lot of other genres too. The point about YA Contemporary being about real life is extremely relevant, but adult fiction and general fiction is also about real life!

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    1. Hi Anuska,
      Thank you for your comment and thanks for pointing that out. I do realize that everything I said is also present in other genres and I also mentioned this in my very blog post you just read, when I wrote ” I am not saying that fantasy, sci-fi and any genre in young adult books have these kind of things in their pages” πŸ™‚ And I was not saying that adult fiction and general fiction do not talk about real life either – I did not mention that in my blog post at all since I don’t talk about adult books in general on my blog, that’s all. πŸ™‚

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  5. How can anybody say YA contemporary is dead? By the New York Times polls it looks very much alive. YA is my favourite genre for many reasons and I know I wouldn’t enjoy reading so much without it. Also The Hate You Give is so amazing!

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  6. I remember seeing this! Literally, my first thought was, “Wait, What!? YA contemporary is not dead. It never will be. It’s too relevant to real life and we will always need books like that.” I couldn’t believe it when I saw that people were saying that YA contemporary was dead. If anything I feel like YA contemporary is the most popular genre in YA and probably always will be. I completely agree with all of your points. Especially about diversity, characters, and just how it reflects real life themes. I mean, in my opinion, YA contemporary is at the forefront of diversity as far as books go at the moment. There are so many diverse books coming out of the genre and it’s leading other genres to follow suit. I was talking with Beth, as both her and I are huge fantasy fans, about how fantasy doesn’t have as much diversity as contemporary but it’s slowly but surely getting there. Anyway! I’m going off on a tangent myself but there is no way YA contemporary is dead. Pretty much I agree with everything you said in this. And while it isn’t my top favorite genre it is one that I turn to to read about real life things when I need a break from all of the fantasy worlds. Having books that reflect real life, especially ones really geared towards teens, are always going to be needed. Great post, Marie!! 😁β™₯

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    1. Thank you so much, Melissa! I agree with you and it’s so good to see so many diverse books coming out these past few months, I definitely want to read more in fantasy just as well – by the way, if you have any recommendations? πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much! ❀ ❀

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      1. You’re welcome, Marie!! 😁β™₯ And I think you might have read some of the fantasy I know that is diverse or has some diversity. Like the Shades of Magic books, for example. Have you read Six of Crows yet? The main group of characters in that book are really diverse. Cassandra Clare’s books, especially the newer publications, are as well. Then of course there’s The Bone Season. It isn’t as showcased in the first book but the second and third have some diversity especially as far as LGBTQ+ characters go. Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. 😊

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      2. OHhh no…I haven’t read Six of Crows yet. Oops. I feel ashamed a little bit, I might be the only one left haha, but I keep hearing amazing things about this. Maybe that’s why I didn’t read it yet, I am TOO nervous πŸ˜›
        Thank you so, so much for your recommendations, Melissa! πŸ˜€

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      3. Don’t feel ashamed! I’m sure there are people who haven’t read it and probably a lot of them because of the hype. I was nervous going into reading it too but ended up loving it. Though hype is probably a big reason why I’ve yet to read a few series, too nervous I might not like them lol.
        You’re welcome, Marie!! 😁

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  7. I will admit until I started reading your post and the explanation for it I got a little confused because I wasn’t aware there was a debate on whether YA contemporary is alive or not. And if I’d been eating while reading I would have swallowed wrong as well.
    YA contemporary is definitely not dead, there are so many amazing books being released and I know that despite fantasy being my favourite genre. I don’t even think there’s a case of one genre outshining the other either. There may be periods where more fantasy books are released than any other but then again there are periods when more contemporary books are released than any other.
    But at least this gave you an excuse to talk about your favourite genre more! Great post Marie. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. I get it ahah, to be honest I wasn’t aware of that either until I stumbled upon a couple of tweets – I am still wondering how someone could even ask that question. To me, all genres are always alive, even if at times some genres shine brighter than others and have their moment of glory, they are all so very much alive ahah πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much ahah, yes, I’d use every excuse to talk about contemporary books πŸ˜€

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      1. It seems like a weird question to ask because YA contemporary, and actually contemporary in general, is a genre I can never imagine dying out. Then again yeah like you said all genres are still alive, even Classics because there are books released recently which I say could now fall into the Classics genre.
        That’s all right! πŸ™‚

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  8. I disagree with that thread. I think it’s been booming over the last 5 years at least. I never thought I would read it, since I read fantasy to escape normal life and such. But as my reading mood started to change, I’ve actually liked one that I read and one I’m currently reading. I think we need to read about real life once in a while because it grounds us and reminds us of stuff in the real world that’s important. Great post πŸ™‚

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    1. I agree with you! I think there has been such a boom of the contemporary genre lately, and for me, who’s such a big contemporary reader, it’s great to see that. It makes me happy to hear that you’re enjoying contemporaries as well even if you’re more of a fantasy fan usually! Which one are you currently reading? πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, happy you enjoyed reading this! πŸ™‚

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  9. I’m a huge YA fantasy lover but I really don’t think YA contemporary is dead. Besides YA fantasy, I also love reading YA Contemporaries too. There are so many amazing books that has already released like THUG, The Upside of unrequited etc. I’m eagerly waiting for When Dimple Met Rishi, When it’s real, The Names they gave us and so many more.

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  10. I’m not much of a contemporary reader, but I do like to keep it fresh reading one or two in between the heavier fantasy books, although my lovely historical romances are right there too. But it’s most definitely NOT DEAD XD Genres become popular and then not, and that’s the way it is, but I don’t see any of them becoming dead for now.

    As long as there are people writing the stories, a genre can’t die. Right now I’m writing a weird fantasy/sci-fi/dystopia mesh so dystopia will not be dead at all HOORAY

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    1. I agree with you, it’s definitely a cycle and there are no dead genres at all! Also, Pam, you HAVE to tell me more about this book you are writing?!! I NEED to know MORE πŸ˜€

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      1. I will! I will! I’ve been planning nonstop and I’m so excited about it! Okay, so it’s the one I’ve been working on for about a year or so. It started as mostly a NA dystopia with some sort of magical elements, but this thing now has traveling between worlds (YOU CAN TRAVEL TO WONDERLAND IN THIS LOVELY) and of course DRAGONS OMG. I tried, but I couldn’t keep them away. The thing is, this society is now conditioned to control any creative activity super closely, because unchecked creativity= bad. So of course, our heroes are super awesome and creative. It’s meant to be a rep of how our education system and society in general don’t care about creative and unusual individuals until they do something Buzzfeed or Playground worthy and that for the most part they stifle it, or at best, just don’t encourage it they way they should.

        So, I’m making the characters have powers that are aligned to their creative talents. Say, one that likes doing magic tricks, can perform, real magic and make himself invisible or whatever. One that sings like a mermaid can actually put people in a trance, or influence emotions. That sort of thing. Now, what writers can do…. OMG IT’S THE MOST AMAZING THING because I’m biased like that.

        So yeah, long comment because you, Marie, unleashed the flailing. I’m in a flailable mood. πŸ™‚

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      2. OMG PAM YOU JUST ABOUT MADE ME WANT TO READ THIS SO BADLY. That sounds SO amazing!! I especially LOVE the whole concept of it all, with creativity being kind of wrong and all. WHEN CAN WE READ THIS GEM?!

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      3. That makes me beyond happy because that’s the point! I feel like this one is really IT. My sister for the first time tolerates me talking about it because she loves it as much, or I think even more than I do. She’s contantly nagging about WHY THE HECK HAVEN’T I FINISHED IT YET. But, I need to finish this like yesterday, so I’ve set myself the goal of finishing at least the first draft this year and stooop procrastinating. WHAT ABOUT YOU? I need to see your story as well!!! If you haven’t finished it yet then it can be a joint goal! Finish out stories! Feel free to poke me with a friendly WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? GO WRITE whenever you feel like it! XD I’ll gladly do the same if you need it!

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      4. Haha well I hope you’ll be able to finish it this year! This is my goal just as well, finish my draft by the end of the year – I’m around 50 K for now. YES WE SHOULD DO THAT, I agree! The perfect way to stay motivated πŸ˜€

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  11. From the very subjective view of me reading a lot more contemporary now than I did all through high school, it seems to me that contemporary YA is alive and well – and trending! It’s not just book sales. We’re seeing contemporary YA getting picked up for TV adaptation (for example, 13 Reasons Why and Everything Everything).

    My favorite genre is fantasy, though I read more urban fantasy than high fantasy. I love living in fantastical worlds.

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    1. Ohh, well I hope you’re liking YA contemporaries! What was your latest read? πŸ™‚
      Yes, definitely: so many books are being picked up for TV and movie adaptations, I can think of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda just as well, and it’s GREAT πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for commenting!

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      1. I am liking YA contemporaries now, but I avoided them when I was in high school. The last book I finished reading was The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. I’m currently reading Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley. I loved Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Is it being adapted now?

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      2. Ohh, I heard fantastic things about The Princess Saves Herself in This One! Did you enjoy it? πŸ™‚
        Yes, Simon vs. is being adapted on the big screen, it’s so exciting! πŸ˜€

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  12. i looove this! contemporary is also my favorite genre and i agree with absolutely everything you said. even though fantasy, especially YA fantasy, is a very popular genre, contemporary is growing intensely. if you asked me a few years ago, i would answer fantasy/adventure as my favorite genre, but after the amount of recommendations i got for authors like david levithan and jenny han, contemporary started to grow on me. i definitely don’t think contemporary is dead; i actually think this is one of the brightest eras for this genre! i mean, look at the amount of contemporary books that are being turned into movies lately, when a few years ago, that was a spot for only dystopia/fantasy.
    fantastic post, marie! πŸ™‚

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    1. OH thank you so, so much Lais, I’m so happy you liked this! It’s so funny, I’m going through the exact opposite thing: I used to read TONS of contemporaries and now I am reading more and more fantasy and loving it more ahah πŸ™‚
      I definitely agree, it’s so great to see such a beautiful genre shine this way, it makes me so happy πŸ˜€

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  13. I don’t think contemporary is dead at all…there are soooo many popular contemporary books out there! Whoever said that must only be into a genre that isn’t contemporary?? I honestly don’t think any genre can die. Yes, they will go through phases, like vampires (remember when EVERYTHING was vampire related?) but eventually they come back around again. Contemporary is such an important genre and I think it’s probably one genre that doesn’t really go through phases because people always want to read about real-life issues and to read about characters that they can truly connect with.

    This is such an awesome post, and I love the gifs hehe πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh thank you so much, I’m glad you liked this πŸ˜€
      Ohhh yes, I remember when there were vampires everywhere – maybe they will come back at some point? Ahah, we never know! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  14. Bahaha such a cute post! It’s nice to see you defending your favourite genre and making sure that everyone knows that it is VERY alive today. πŸ˜› Got to admit, I also haven’t read The Hate U Give but, with all the hype and love it’s gotten so far, an urge to read it is growing in me! πŸ˜€

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    1. Ahah thank you, glad you enjoyed it! ❀ YES, I have this URGE to read it just as well as soon as I can…well, I still need to be reasonable and wait ’til my next book haul, but it is HARD haha.

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  15. Why would anyone even say YA contemporary is dead? It’s thriving! I don’t understand how they could think otherwise. I think that maybe fantasy is a bit more prominent out there right now, but contemporary is like a constant fixture. When people are tired from other genres, I feel like contemporary is one of those genres that’s always nice to return back to, kind of like coming home after a long day. At least it’s that way for me πŸ™‚ Though I love fantasy most of all, I always and consistently return to contempary as well. And I agree with everything you said and all the reasons why contemporary is totally not dead! (And don’t worry, I also haven’t read THUG yet…. Must do so soon! πŸ˜‰ )

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    1. Ohh this is such a lovely way to put it ❀ Contemporary definitely feels like coming home – for me it has always been home since it’s my favorite genre, but well…it’s such a lovely feeling ❀
      Glad I’m not the only one not having read THUG yet! I am impatient to, though, it sounds amazing πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  16. I missed whatever happened on Twitter but OK NO, Contemporary is not dead. I feel like fantasy is kind of taking a bit of a spotlight right now, but that doesn’t mean one genre is dead – there are just A LOT of anticipated fantasy releases coming out all in the last few months haha. Contemporary is my second favorite genre, tied with fantasy, it just depends on my mood. And your points are so right – it can span many different ideas, real life situations, and sometimes it can just be darn cute and make you smile. I love contemporary, so no, I don’t think it’s dead πŸ™‚ Great discussion!

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Molly! Definitely – no genre is ever dead, it’s only natural that sometimes there are way more fantasy releases and some other times it’s contemporary or another genre that takes the spotlight for a little while πŸ™‚

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  17. Ye wot?! YA contemporary dead?? Such a ridiculous statement- if anything it’s getting better- I’ve always read it, but I really think I’ve only ever loved it in recent years- because YES to all the things on this list- it’s only getting better and it’s offering so much that other genres don’t (or at least don’t offer in the same way) Personally, I don’t think there should be as much genre competition- cos the more I read the less I’m finding genre divisions all that important- I just want to read good books!

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    1. OH YES, I 100% agree with you here – there should not be competition, there is absolutely no reason for competition to actually exist, because all genres bring something different to readers πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much!! ❀

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  18. When I saw that Tweet I was so shocked because I always presumed contemporary was like the most popular and alive genre in YA? Even though it’s not my favourite genre some of my favourite ever books are from it. And like you said, THUG is HUGE right now. There’s so many amazing diverse contemporaries coming out. Someone saying the genre is dead is so ignorant and clearly not paying attention. Great post, Marie β™₯

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    1. Hahahaha, I LOVE how THAT image came up to you. I love Mulan so much ahah πŸ™‚
      Well…maybe?! I don’t know how someone could actually think that ahah πŸ™‚

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  19. Slay sister slay! I really enjoyed reading this post Marie. It is clear you are so passionate about YA contemporary, and you made very valid points. YA contemporary is actually a genre that I don’t frequent too often, not because I think it is dead or not worthwhile, but just because I’ve found that I am not able to relate to it as much now that I’m a “legit adult” (I just turned 30, so I guess I have to give in and adult now lol) BUT I would never discount a genre and say that it is dead… I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that genre popularity comes and goes, but I wouldn’t really say this is the case with YA contemporary… I would say that contemporary in general is a pretty big staple in most people’s reading pallets and always will be for the reasons you stated above.

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Amanda, I’m so happy you liked this πŸ™‚
      Well….adulting is kind of hard and annoying, you can always come back to the dark side once in a while? πŸ˜›
      I agree with you, contemporary, whether it’s in YA or adult books, is always there for sure πŸ™‚

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  20. My favorite genre will forever be fantasy (and paranormal) since Harry Potter was what got me into reading. However, I do gravitate towards contemporary in the summer like most other readers. But I do find that they tend to be more of hit/miss for me compared to fantasy. It’s just because since they are realistic fiction I have higher standards for the characters and plot. If the storyline isn’t more interesting than my own life I tend to get bored, haha. And it goes without saying that I expect the main characters to be likable and/or realistic, and preferably relatable, too. Which is a high call, I guess.

    Anyway, I love that you talked about this! Since I know you adore contemporary novels, hehe. >.<

    Summer

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    1. Oh I understand – characters are the very heart of the story in contemporaries, if you can’t relate to them or connect with them or anything else, there is no fantastic world to save you from it ahah. Thank you so much ❀ ❀

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  21. I love love love this discussion so so much! One because this too irks me so much to hear and also because I love YA contemporary! I can’t choose my favourite genre, even if I gave it all and I tried because I love so much! Kick ass fantasies and intriguing sci-fis and whirlwind contempories – they all hold my heart! But contemporaries are so often my comfort, what I seek when I’m feeling my low. They’re like the best friend you always need or the ice cream you’ll cry over and not in the way that they’re all comfort-feeling because hey, all these different universal themes and characters evoke so much emotions, sometimes making me feel the most angry, the most saddening of EVERYTHING but something about YA contemporary just builds a home. AHHHH I think I’m rabbling but what I mean to say is that, excuse the itsy but of cliche forming into this, YA contemporary feels like more than just a genre. Its a giant collection of things that make us feel so much, build so many important points and if I ever want to feel myself represented, I feel like this is where I’ll always know that I’ll find a MC that has the diversity the world has to offer. Whenever I’m feeling my low point, the reality that these books being in our real world just draw me in such a warm bubble in my opinion, contemporaries are not dead. WHEW. THIS DISCUSSION, I LOVE IT AND I LOVE IT MUCH AND WORDS ARE FILLING AT MY BRIM WITH SO MUCH LOVEEEE FOR YA CONTEMPORARIES! ❀ ❀ ❀

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    1. OH THANK YOU my forever crazy ❀ ❀ I agree with you SO much about everything you said, contemporaries are such a comfort for me to read, they always make me so happy and I LOVE THESE BOOKS ❀

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  22. YESSS! Oh my gosh, how can people say contemporary is dead though?? They need to see this post. πŸ˜†
    Contemporary is doing SUCH a fantastic job in terms of diversity, oh my gosh. I do think there is still progress to be made of course, but compared to other YA genres it seems way ahead haha. And yes! The characters, the differe t stories, I don’t think I would ever be tired of them honestly. 😍❀

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    1. Hahaha Analee, you are too sweet, thank you! ❀ ❀
      I agree with you, obviously there still need to be some progress here but I'm glad to see that things are moving and more diverse and everything, it's so great and makes me want to read that genre even more all the time ahah πŸ™‚
      THANK YOU LOVELY ❀ ❀ ❀

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  23. While fantasy is my favourite genre, all of the reasons you listed is why I love contemporary a lot too (and is probably my second favourite genre). I can’t believe someone would say that, like what is that based on? YA contemporary is doing very, very well? I honestly think that person was being a troll or maybe an author whose YA contemporary is barely being sold haha, because any person who’s actually part of the book community knows this isn’t true πŸ˜›

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    1. Hahaha yes, I definitely think it was a troll or something because that moment was quite awkward and that statement totally wrong and false. Contemporary is at its peak for sure and I LOVE IT ❀

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