As I look back over some of the books I’ve read this past year, I’ve noticed that the books I really got excited about–the ones that made me squee, to use a word that I don’t think I could ever use in real life with a straight face–have an element of nostalgia for me because although they are contemporary books, they are set during my personal wonder years, the 80’s and 90’s. Is this a new trend in literature, or is it just a coincidence that I’m reading these books now? Have these become hot decades and is nostalgia lit on the rise?
I really hope so, as I’d love to read more books set during this time period. And, to be fair, the books I’m thinking of are also just great books. I wonder, too, if this phenomenon (if it really exists) is happening in film. I’m much more out of touch with current movies and tv than I am with books, but I recently watched Super 8 with my husband and I think it would qualify. There are also several recent comedies that I’ve seen that make heavy reference to 80’s films, the Brat pack movies in particular (I’m thinking of Easy A and Pitch Perfect.)
Everyone has their own nostalgic time period, depending on when you grew up, so I could just be getting old and noticing these things more than I used to because I’m becoming more, well, nostalgic. What do you think?