Those who have known me for a while know that I prefer contemporary romance over historical. Personally, I think that the author has more freedom when writing contemporary romance and also, the stories can be more original. Granted, at this point in time, it's hard to come up with any sort of new ideas, either it's contemporary or historical, but still... I find most historicals predictable and all the traditions and etiquette, stiffling. However, I do read historicals... mainly, because I've run out of contemporaries, but also because I do enjoy some of them. LOL
Anyway, I was bored on last Friday and decided to go the UBS. See, it's been a while since I last went to the UBS and there's nothing at the bookstores that I want/need to buy. Mostly because I've pre-ordered most of the books I'm looking forward to and already own whatever looks interesting to me. Blame it on boredom. Okay, so I was at the UBS and suddenly, I didn't feel like buying anything. Everything looked meh or blah. Then I asked the UBS lady what was the last GOOD contemporary romance she read. She came up with nada. Well actually, she came up with some suggestions, but most either contained some paranormal elements or I have read them already or I didn't enjoy the author.
Go to a bookstore and cruise through the aisles. There's tons of historicals, a lot of paranormal romances, a fair number of romantic suspenses... but straight contemporary? Where do I have to go to get those?
On top of my head, here are the straight contemporary romances authors I can name that are still writing straight contemporary:
Okay, so the list goes on and is longer than I thought it would be. However, these authors all come out with one book a year... perhaps two. That makes the wait very long and once you've read them, what can we look forward to?
So why are authors writing less and less contemporaries? Because paranormal romance is hot right now? Because the market for it is down? Because the authors are not interested in writing it? Also, why is historical still going strong?
What do you think? and do you have the contemporary blues like me? By the way, if you can think of new authors or suggestions, feel free :) I would love to get some :)