Weigh in Wednesday [1]: Contemporary vs. Fantasy

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.


8 thoughts on “Weigh in Wednesday [1]: Contemporary vs. Fantasy

  1. Other than that, we can easily absorbed in somebody else’s life in contemporary books, to learn how they react/think on/about certain circumstances, while it’s really difficult for me to ‘get in’ to a vampire or werewolf, and I am really not interested to know what they feel or think about their lives 😀


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