Contemporary Elements I Want To See More Of In Fantasy {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s topic is a super fun one, but honestly also one I struggled with, becauseย  my creative well is a little dry at the moment and also because when faced with this topic I suddenly forgot about every single book I’ve ever read. But since I did want to post something today, I decided to tweak it just a bit and talk about some elements or tropes that are most often used in contemporary books, that I want to see more of in fantasy. Because I already love these things, so imagine if you add dragons and magic to the mix!

Pen pal romance

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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
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I love me some penpal romances, but I hardly ever see them in fantasy. But what about a penpal romance set at Hogwarts? Or a penpal romance where the heroine’s mystery pen pal turns out to be the misunderstood and lonely reformed villain?

Asexuality

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
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Honestly, I think we could use more asexuality in ALL genres, but I am definitely here for a magical fantasy where the hero(ine) comes to terms with his/her asexuality while saving the world at the same time.

Mental health

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Admittedly, we are slowly getting more and more of mental health rep in all genres. But that doesn’t have to mean I can’t still want more!

Love triangles but with an LGBTQIA+ element

Okay, hear me out. I know love triangles are one of the most hated tropes out there. And for a good reason. But every single crappy love triangle has also been overwhelmingly straight. Add some LGBTQIA+ rep in the mix, and an overused trope has the potential to be fresh and new again.

Career Stuff Is Important Too

When It's Real by Erin Watt
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Seriously, why can’t fantasy characters worry about their careers too? Like, Harry Potter graduating and wondering which career is the best fit for him? Or Feyre having some self-confidence issues as to whether or not she could perform the task of High Lady or if she’d not rather become a full-time artist? Anything career wise is just so welcome.

Introverted, Homebody Main Character

Why do all fantasy heros and heroines have to be so badass, extraverted, sassy and adventerous? I want the homebody hero, who saves the world and invites you over to celebrate with homemade cake while showing their scrapbook of their journey. I mean, the introverted hero can be just as badass!

Tell Me:
What is a commonly used contemporary element you’d love to see more of in other genres?

26 thoughts on “Contemporary Elements I Want To See More Of In Fantasy {Top Ten Tuesday}

  1. Di @ Book Reviews by Di says:

    Lindsey! I’m finally back by your blog again. July was such a crazy one for me so I didn’t get around to ANY of the catching up. Gah! However I’m hoping August will be so much better!

    I’m sorry you’re feeling a bit of slump creativity wise. I hope you are feeling better now?

    Asexuality in books is something I’ve seen a bit of in the YA fantasy world actually. Island of Exiles is coming to mind first and foremost in this category, but also Mask of Shadows/Ruin of Stars although Ruin of Stars wasn’t a hit for me.

    Introverted hero makes me think of Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don’t generally read contemporaries so I’m failing on the Q front, sorry! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Di! I’m always happy to see you around the blog! I know catching up seems to take forever, but everybody’s just happy to see you back so don’t worry too much about it ๐Ÿ™‚
      OMG, how did I not know about those books? I mean I did know about Island of Exiles but I didn’t know about the asexuality aspect so now I need to read it even more! And Strange The Dreamer, aah it’s been on my TBR for too long!

  2. Brooke Lorren says:

    These are some great ideas. I’m currently developing the storyline/world/characters for my NaNoWriMo novel that I hope to write this fall… not sure if the above will work for my main characters, but my elven dutchess does have a little brother… and since he isn’t going to inherit the duchy, maybe he can worry about what he wants to do with his life a little bit ;-).
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  3. Lin @ The Reader of A Thousand Stars says:

    YES TO THE LONELY REFORMED VILLAIN PEN-PAL FANTASY STORY!!!! I WANT THAT!!! I would love it if the hero/ saviour of all in a fantasy book was all, โ€œOh! Hey guys come into my house. You want some cake? I made it myself!โ€ And then everyones like โ€œ?????โ€ This dude who saved our world is baking cakes?!?!?
    Double-points if the hero saves the world because of the cake baking!
    I love all these ideas!!! They would definitely spice up some fantasy tropes!
    Iโ€™d really like to see the pen pal thing in fantasy, I feel like it has so much potential.

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