What the heck is Chick Lit?

Please welcome guest author MJ Eason to the Cafe.

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What the heck is Chick lit? A few years back, after the Sex And The City craze died away, critics of the Chick lit genre began to bemoan it’s passing. Chick lit was to become just another fad slipping into the pages of history. So why would anyone want to read Chick lit much less write it?

To answer that, I think you need to understand what Chick Lit really is.

It’s sassy, witty, and sharp, Chick Lit, typically features a 20 to 30-something woman struggling to make sense of her life – often while searching for a more fulfilling job or Mr. Right – with the help of meddlesome family and eccentric friends. Humorous in tone and brimming with pop culture references, these novels are generally set in major metropolises and, at their core, showcase a contemporary woman learning to accept herself—flaws and all.

While researching the subject I found this article on BookRiot written by Anna Bell and thought it was great.

Here’s the link: http://bookriot.com/2013/02/11/what-is-chick-lit/

What is Chick Lit?

We all know what chick lit is, don’t we? It’s those books, you know, the ones with those covers. The books with the main characters who wear six-inch stilettos, have fabulous high-flying careers, are size zero, and fall in love with a man so handsome that he could make a male model weep with jealousy. So right? So wrong.

Chick lit is one of those genres that is terribly stereotyped and judged. One that, despite evidence to the contrary on bestsellers lists, is declared as a dead genre most years. And one that is often dismissed as a trashy read with little or no plot, usually by people who have never read a chick lit novel.

It doesn’t help that no matter where you live in the world you can spot a publisher-branded chick lit book by its cover. The UK covers sport cartoon women in pastel covers with a hint of glitter, and, in the US, whilst they may be photo covers, they’re usually easily identifiable by a woman’s feet and their heels. Yet, behind those covers, it’s a genre so wide and all-encompassing that, generally speaking, the only thing that binds it together in commonality is that the main protagonist of the book is usually a woman.

And What Makes A Good Chick Lit Novel Anyway?

According to Ms. Bell, a good chick lit novel as a book that tells the story of the personal growth of a woman or a small group of women. All I want as a reader is by the time I see the magic words ‘The End’ appear, is to be left with a sense that the main character’s life is infinitely better than it was at the start of the novel.

The characters themselves come in all shapes and size. Whilst there are still some glitzy characters, some of the best loved characters of the genre are heavily flawed, and heavily normal. Most of the heroines are characters that we don’t necessarily want to be (as look at the problems they have), but we do want to be best friends with them.

So what have we learnt about chick lit? It’s about women. It’s usually fresh, contemporary and it’s a genre that keeps itself on its toes. It’ll take you on an emotional roller coaster and usually leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

So why do I write chick lit?

Well, the answer is simple. It’s because I love to read Chick lit!

Are You A Chick Lit Fan?

There’s only one way to find out. Take the Chick Lit Quiz:

Question:

Do you digest more candy-colored chick lit novels than actual candy? Have you spent many a late night or beach session glued to the pages of Bergdorf Blondes, The Devil Wears Prada or the latest Jane Green novel? Did you start your own diary after reading The Nanny Diaries, Bridget Jones’s Diary and The Diary of a Mad Bride?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then guess what? You are a Chick lit fan! And I’m with you, sister. So wear the title proudly. Pull out your Kindle and read on. And when someone asks you why you read Chick Lit anyway, say, “Because I love it!” (In your best sassy tone, of course.)

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And now, I’m proud to introduce my first Chick Lit novel entitled, A Creative Guide To Getting A Life, which is available at Totally Bound.

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A Creative Guide to Getting a Life

A Creative Guide to Getting a Live coverCarrie Sinclair thought she knew exactly what she wanted from life until she came face-to-face with the prettiest blue eyes in Texas.

Caterer Carrie Sinclair thinks she has the perfect life and doesn’t need a man to complete it. Then, quite by accident, she comes across the man of her dreams.

Tyler Bennedict is perfect boyfriend material—charming, sweet, rich, and incredibly sexy. On night in his arms and all her usual warning bells about men go silent. She should have listened to those bells and Aunt Mable.

Enter Tyler’s real estate tycoon father, Richard. He makes it relentless clear she is not the woman for her son, and comes up with creative ways to keep them apart until Carrie sees the light. In one fell swoop, she swears off men, closes her business and gets out of Austin.

But no matter how far or how fast she runs, the unexpected bumps in the road have a way of revealing the truth and turning her life and her heart completely around.

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MJEasonHeadShotMJ Eason grew up in a small Texas town famous for, well not much of anything really. Being the baby of the family and quite a bit younger than her brothers and sister, MJ had plenty of time to entertain herself. Making up stories seem to come natural to her. As a pre-teen, MJ discovered romance novels and knew instinctively that was what she wanted to do with her over-active imagination. She wrote her first novel as a teen, (it’s tucked away somewhere never to see the light of day), but never really pursued her writing career seriously until a few years later, when she wrote her first romantic comedy and was hooked. Today, MJ still lives in Texas, and still writes about romance. In fact, she can’t think of anything else she’d rather do.

You can check out all of MJ’s books at: www.mjeason.com


Comments

What the heck is Chick Lit? — 4 Comments

  1. While I admit I never particularly warmed up to chick lit, I hate seeing any subgenre dismissed once its trend wanes. I’m glad the books are still there and new ones being released. Good luck!

  2. Welcome to the Cafe, MJ. I am a HUGE fan of chick lit. That’s what I was reading when I first began reading and writing fiction a few years ago. Though I write contemporary romance, it still always has that women’s fiction/chick lit feel to it. I would love to see the genre experience a true resurgence here in the U.S.

  3. I’m with Liz; I don’t like an obituary to be written for a genre that’s not dead. I think there’s room enough in romance for all kinds of sub-genres to coexist. Thanks for visiting with us today, MJ.

  4. Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. I’d glad to see there are fans of the chick lit genre around. I think it is constantly evolving. And you’re right. There is always room for all genres and I’m like you, Reese, I’d love to see a resurgence of the genre here in the US as well.

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