(Sidenote: I have NO IDEA what to call this feature now that I’m now longer Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog. Here There Be A List of Books doesn’t really flow, does it?)
I recently discovered a fantasy subgenre– okay, not discovered, really, because I’ve been reading it for years and years. But I’ve discovered what it’s CALLED: contemporary fantasy!
- is set in the real world, one in which the reader can recognize and/or lives in!
- is set in modern times, or at least the time concurrent to when the book was written
- usually has magic and magical creatures, but they’re usually somewhere on the fringes or leaking over from an alternate world.
- The magical aspects tend to remain secret from those outside the narrative, as well.
If it takes place in a city, it’s usually called urban fantasy.
If you’re not sure if it’s magic (or if someone wants to pretend it’s straight-up literary fiction because genre is uncool), it’s usually called magical realism.
Contemporary fantasy also overlaps with a lot of other genres. The Harry Potter series, for example, is a mix of contemporary and low fantasy!
Here are some of my favorite contemporary fantasy books:
Edward Eager’s Tales of Magic series
Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series
Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files
Neil Gaiman’s American Gods
Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising sequence
Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series
Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians series
Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant series
Do you like contemporary fantasy? What’s your favorite contemp. fantasy book?
Personally, I’m looking for more adult contemp. fantasy books. Most of the ones I’m familiar with (and on my list of favorites) are children’s or YA. I’d love to read more in a different age bracket!