Hey lovelies! Now I know you’re probably wondering what I’m on about, we don’t want predictable books we want books that makes us think keep us on our toes. Whilst yes we do want those books, have you never enjoyed a book where you know it’s gonna be ok in the end? Where you can guess what’s happening and instead of that being a negative it’s a positive?
Sometimes predictable books are what we need…
Hear me out on this, I know it’s a super crazy idea as we all LOVE those books that turn us into a pile of emotions. Now lets say on average we read 52 books in a year, so that’s one book every week. If EVERY book we read had us thinking, wondering what was going to happen, who’s gonna make it out alive and getting us to be detectives. I know I’d be exhausted after 2 months.
A great example of predicable books are contemporaries, to be more specific we’ll go with Sarah Dessen’s books. I love her books, her writing and I just love her stories. Now to many they’d say they’re boring, you know what’s going to happen.
Yes, we know that there’ll be a happy ending and whatever’s been happening will be solved because her books are the classic contemporary novels. When you think of a contemporary typically you think light, fluffy, happy ending…STRESS FREE READING AND TONS OF FEELS!
Am I right or am I right?
Whilst those books still exist within that genre other books, which are contemporary exist that are STRESSFUL AND DESTROY YOUR EMOTIONS LEAVING YOU WONDERING IF YOU’LL EVER RECOVER *coughs* ahem my point here is the second variation of contemporary is one which typically doesn’t solely focus on the love aspect, but also on other aspects like mental health, eating disorders, sexuality, race etc.
So far contemporary seems to be the genre which explores a lot of diverse topics, I can understand why it’s harder for other genre’s to include this rep at times. When you’re building a world your primarily focused on building said world, it shouldn’t stop you though from adding some diverse characters to your book.
With that in mind though predictable books are great for a break, I mean the classic ones where the romance is fluff and it’s the main focus point of the novel. Sometimes we need a break from figuring out who killed who, who’s out to ruin our OTP and trying to figure out how these magic systems work!
Like you I love to be kept on my toes, it’s so much fun but alsoooo I lowkey hate it as I stress so much not knowing if the characters are going to be ok. I also like being right about guessing what’s going to happen, I love it actually because it makes me feel slightly smart xD I’m a terrible detective but with books I’m alright. I also like reading books where you know they’re going to be safe, and be together in the end (my mind just flicked to Crooked Kingdom and that ending oh my life…I think my heart broke again)
It’s ok to like a book which doesn’t challenge you to figure it out, it’s also ok if you can guess what happens. I mean…if you can guess the WHOLE story then maybe not? But what do I know, I read the back pages sometimes before I finish the book haha.
I’m curious guys, do you like knowing what’s gonna happen or not? Do you hate the classic contemporary where it’s all about the love and relationship? Do you prefer the more diverse contemporaries that are stealing the spotlight? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading 🙂