Thanks to Lauren of Epilogue Review for inviting me to join this weekly meme of her blog!
Weigh in Wednesday is a meme which is strictly a Something vs. Something type of thing. The purpose is for it to be short, interactive, and something fun to do halfway through the week!
The topic this week is:
Contemporary vs. Fantasy
I found out that there are many ways in defining “contemporary literature”, but if it is matched with Fantasy, then I will assume that “Contemporary” is literature based on reality or real events, while “Fantasy” is literature based on imagination.
My Answer: I’d certainly go for contemporary. I still love certain fantasy books, though. I made exceptions for Harry Potter series and Kate DiCamillo’s children’s books. And I still read classic fantasy like The Wizard of Oz and The Wind in the Willows.
I like stories that have strong moral values, and I would have to say I seldom find it in most fantasy novels. I’m always looking more than just adventure, mystery and romance. I want books that could hit me hard in the heart, shock my mind, shower me with knowledge, and transform me into a better human being. Yeah, I know, that’s a bit deep, but those things are what I look for in a book. I read books not merely to get entertained, but to learn and to be changed. Maybe this explains my passion for Classics and Historical Fiction novels. 🙂
So, for me, fantasy is OK every now and then, but novels based on reality are so much better.
What about you? Are you a fan of contemporary or fantasy novels? Let Lauren know with linking your post of WiW here.