When I hear the word “chick lit,” I automatically picture the condescending looks I’ve received from others. The scrunched up nose, the vomity face, the eye roll… I’ve seen it all.
For reasons I won’t address in this article, Chick Lit gets a bad rap. People associate the genre with mindless literature, with gossipy women talking about lipgloss and men while sipping on tea and wearing all pink. There’s this notion that Chick Lit is not deep lit at all. As Kirsty Schofield discusses on her website, though, Chick Lit is much more complex a genre than given credit. It encompasses many types of works with many different styles.
Even before I started writing in the genre, I’ve been a fan. I’ve ignored the eye rolls, the snide remarks. I’ve been an avid follower of books and writers.
Chick Lit does cover talk about lip gloss and men and tea and pink… sometimes. But this is not all that categorizes the genre. To me, Chick Lit is an approach to explaining the modern woman’s struggle to find a lot of things--to find love, to find satisfaction, to find fulfillment, and to find identity. These searches can be humorous, can sometimes involve a man, can sometimes involve a gaggle of gossipping friends. But sometimes they don’t. Chick Lit, like any genre, is diverse in its tone, its goals, its message.
It is the same in several respects, though.
It is relevant. It is deep. It is real.
Many women can find themselves, find characters like themselves, in the pages of these books. At the end of the day, isn’t that what qualifies something as having literary value? Don’t we all want to connect to something, to see ourselves in the pages of a story?
Lindsay Detwiler, Author
5/19/2016 09:24:02 pm
Yes! I so agree , I have read dozens of Chick Lit novels that get your mind and your heart reeling. There tends to be more depth than people know.
5/19/2016 09:27:51 pm
Absolutely, Nicole! There are so many deep emotions in them, and I think they really speak to modern women's issues.
5/19/2016 09:25:53 pm
I love Chic lit. Along with cozy mysteries they do get a bad rap as being mindless. This must be from critics who write books that I don't understand. LOL
5/19/2016 09:28:42 pm
I hate when books are given a bad rap just for a genre. I think that any book that speaks to you has literary merit. Thanks for posting :)
5/19/2016 09:34:54 pm
I want to go to that book fest bad!!
5/19/2016 10:42:18 pm
Love the romance and banter!
5/20/2016 01:48:08 am
I like reading about life's struggles in issues that are completely feminine concerns. There's nothing shallow about that!
5/20/2016 01:09:48 pm
I hate when anything is judged by genre/grouping and not on merit. Especially if the person doing it has never even tried it out!
5/20/2016 03:46:16 pm
Love Chicklit, its all about the escapism 💕
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