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Once Upon A GIF – How A Fantasy Lover Fell in Love with Contemporary

Posted by on July 5, 2014


And I’m back. Today’s post? How I became a person that suddenly began to enjoy contemporary novels. I never liked contemporary. For starters, the genre was boring — there was no magic, castles, dragons, fairies, princes, or epic sword fights. Which is just:

Yeah, what the penguin said. But then I read SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson. I was skeptical at first, but in the end, that book added itself to my list of all-time faves. It was hilarious. And good. And had one of the best friendships I’ve ever read. I got the same feeling I get when I started reading fantasy.

I’m not exactly sure what we say about them, but moving on. I then read another book and realized that contemporary novels had way more humor than fantasy novels. They were hilarious.

Okay, yeah I tended to stick to the friendship-type contemporary novels, because the main reason I really started liking contemporary was because they weren’t as sad as some of the fantasy books I’ve read. And they were really making me mad/sad. In a good way.

Don’t get me wrong, I still prefer fantasy over any other genre. Because fantasy will always triumph over any other book.

Except for mythology. That may be the one genre I like more than fantasy. Maybe ;)


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  1. It’s safe to start with the fluffy contemporary books, cause sometimes contemporary can be just as emotional and evil as fantasy. Trust me, learned that one the hard way.

  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, Asma. I absolutely loved it and I agree the friendship was so good. I hope this convinces you to try other contemporaries! There are some great ones about friendship out there. :)
    But I agree, fantasy is pretty darn awesome! ;)

  3. I completely understand. I used to loathe contemporary after a bad read when I was in that awkward stage, but recently I’ve opened up to the genre. I just read Anna and the French Kiss. . . the book was pretty good. I wanted to dislike the genre for being cheesy, but I was actually smiling so hard at times I probably looked creepy, haha. I will have to check out Since You’ve Been Gone. Thanks!

  4. I am soooo like you! I’ve always disregarded contemporary, they have no potential, incapable of having any twist at all, but then I came by Hopeless. WOWzers! That is book just made me speechless and also Vain by Fisher Amelie. Have you read Vain? It’s a really good book. Try it!

  5. I used to be EXACTLY the same as you. I never liked contemporaries but then when I picked up Jenny Han’s summer series I saw the light! Well sort of. I still prefer fantasy to contemporary, but now I indulge ever now and then with one when I’m in need of something a little more light and fun. I still don’t read the “deeper” sad ones, though. Great post and I love your gif use :)

  6. I think I’ll probably always like fantasy over contemporary but whenever I hear nothing but good thing about a contemporary novel, I’ll pick that one up. That’s the genre that I always go by other people’s recommendations for.

  7. I am SO glad that you are beginning to fall in love with contemporaries! That is my favorite genre!

    I am the reverse from you: I love contemporaries, but just in the past year, really loving fantasies. Thank goodness for you, Asma, and Hafsah! Y’all have been my fantasy guides! Y’all have not lead me astray.


    PS…I miss you a whooooolllle bunch!

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