The Plucky World of Chick Lit

Hi, my name is Cindy and I’m a Chick Lit enthusiast.

Whew. I said it.

There was a time when loving this genre was my deep dark literary secret.  I hid my brightly colored  books with illustrations of high heels and martinis underneath my collection of high-brow  New York Times best sellers and hoped to God my “bookish” friends wouldn’t discover my secret stash of beach reads.  But  late at night, when no one was looking , I’d pop popcorn, curl up in bed and pull out of my  books from Harlequin’s new line of fashionable fiction they coined Red Dress Ink (yes, I’m dating myself that was in 2001.)

melissa.senateI  felt at home while reading these books, laughing and loving along with authors like Melissa SenateCathy Yardley, Wendy Markham and  who created worlds where I could escape and have fun, but also where I felt understood. I  felt a kinship with the strong heroines who were sassy and sarcastic and who often found it necessary (and helpful) to stop in the middle of their emotional crisis to eat chocolate cake or crack a joke.

It made perfect sense to me.

I’ve never understood  the controversy with Chick Lit as a genre. Not every book has to have the same tone to still carry a positive and important message. Chick Lit tackles female issues, professional careers, balancing life and love, female friendships, family issues, motherhood  and getting out of your own way to find your true self. Nothing fluffy or mindless about any of that.  Yet, somehow because of its lighthearted tone and humor, it’s the one genre that seems to have to defend its very existence.

Doesn’t make sense, but I’m happy to see Chick Lit continue to persevere and thrive much like the plucky heroines do in the very same novels.  And for those who say Chick Lit is dead, come take a look at my Kindle that is overflowing with amazing reads from writers all over the world!

If you love to read chicklit make sure to check out the International Chick Lit Month blog, where you can read posts and Q&A’s from Chick Lit writers all over the globe.

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Yay for Chick Lit! I adore this genre like no other, and you voiced all the reasons why. “Not every book has to have the same tone to still carry a positive and important message.”

  2. Agreed! Every crisis should have chocolate cake in the middle of it.

  3. Libby Mercer says:

    Hurrah! I, too, proudly fly the chick lit flag! Life is challenging enough. Nothing wrong with losing ourselves in fun, frothy fiction! :-)

  4. Viva La Chick Lit! I find chick lit to be more realistic sometimes than many other genres, for instance, pure romance. Chick lit takes real life situations and peppers them with humor. And real life is often extremely humorous! All the haters can read literary fiction but I will continue to read (and write) chick lit :)

  5. I like to read literary stuff, but I also like to read funny, light stuff. People just like to get their judgy-pants on.

    Life’s serious enough without wanting to read heavy, depressing stuff. Ya’ gotta have some laughs some times! At least I sure do!

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