Contemporary YA is a topic of interesting to me, because I think it doesn't just fall under one category. There are different types of contemporary - not that one is better or worse than the other - and they should both be talked about and approached in a different way.
Before I get into this , I'd just like to say these are my opinions. I am in no way saying that you should have these opinions or that mine are correct. This is simply a post open to discussion, and you're free to share your opinions as well. :) I love hearing them!
Okay. So, contemporary YA. *deep breath* I adore everything about this genre. It's one of my favorites, especially because dystopian can become really tiring. (I've been avoiding all dystopian books for a while now, mainly because I feel like the characters and story lines are just becoming so repetitive, and I can't stand to read another repeat again.) But as far as I see it, there are two types. I think I may have mentioned this in a post before, but it was just a small, off-hand comment. Not anywhere near a discussion.
The first type of contemporary YA is fluff. Fluff is, to put it simply, the best. Not if I'm in the mood for something serious, of course, but if I'm completely stressed out and I need an escape, I want to read fluff. Something cute, something that will make me smile, something that will put me in a better mood. Examples of this are anything Sarah Dessen (for the most part), Sarah Ockler (again, for the most part), Joanna Philbin, Morgan Matson (though these books make me sob as much as they make me cry), Stephanie Perkins, and Huntley Fitzpatrick.
The second type of contemporary is real contemporary. Serious. Depressing (usually). As in, cry-buckets-of-tears-because-life-shouldn't-have-to-be-like-this depressing. I'm just going to admit it right now - I love these books. Depressing books/movies are my favorite, and I have no idea why. I just adore them. I mean, I have to be in the right mood, but when I am, boy do I enjoy them. Authors of these books include Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Jennifer Brown. Not as many, really.
I think more people want to read fluff. A lot of people turn to books as an escape, not a harsh reality check. Which is why there are more authors of fluff. I like reading both for different reasons, but I definitely have to be in the right mood for either one.
Which type of contemporary do you like better? Do you think there are any other types? Share your thoughts! :)