Introduction to Genres - http://writing-reading-acting.blogspot.com/2010/11/writing-tips-part-1-section.html
Science Fiction - http://writing-reading-acting.blogspot.com/2010/12/writing-tips-part-1-section-b.html
Historical Fiction - http://writing-reading-acting.blogspot.com/2011/02/writing-tips-part-1-section-d.html
Section E: Contemporary Life
Contemporary Life fiction is about everyday life and deals with problems that occur to normal, everyday people. Topics in this genre can range from problems such moving to a new school, making friends, being bullied, family troubles, becoming an outcast, loneliness, illness, and friendship. Of course, even though these stories are based in real life, sometimes there will be quite a lot more drama then there is in real life(though this typically happens more in T.V then in books). Contemporary life fiction can also deal with problems that are large topics for discussion in our society. The majority of the time, however, contemporary life is filled with characters we can identify with since we have had the same exact problems before(well, sometimes, anyway). There are many wonderful, well written books in this genre and I plan on writing in this genre at some point :). I'm actually planning on making a T.V show in this genre about a girl who is a Star Wars Geek :).
Some really good novels in this genre are
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante
The Chosen Ones by Carol Lynch Williams
The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall
That Girl Lucy Moon by Amy Timberlake
The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy
If you have any questions, you can post them in the comments below.
So, until next week when I discuss our last genre- Mystery