Thursday, August 22, 2013

{ book.chat - chick lit }



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chick • lit


noun Slang: Sometimes Offensive.
literature that appeals to women, usually having a romantic or sentimental theme.
n

a. a genre of fiction concentrating on young working women and their emotional lives
b. ( as modifier ): chick-lit romances

I read Chick Lit.  A lot.  But I don't think of it as "Chick Lit".  Some of my favorite authors like Emily Griffin, Sophie Kinsella, and Jennifer Weiner are cataloged as Chick Lit on Amazon.  I just don't care for that term.  Mostly because I don't like the word "chick".  Everyone has those words that make them a little testy and chick is high up on my can't stand list.

I unabashedly love romance.  There are many categories of romance to me but Chick Lit isn't one of them.  Part of the definition above states women working through an emotional or romantic theme.  Yeah, that can be found across all books.  It doesn't matter if they are in their teens, twenties or thirties. 

I also think it's kind of degrading in a way.  Like saying Chick Lit is superficial fluff and it's takes no smarts to read it.  It's not all fluffy, whiny books about women (or girls) with too many first world problems and think everything will be solved by having a man.  I'm taking my own feelings into that a little but sometimes I feel some people around me tend to judge my intellect based on what I read.  Reading is supposed to be fun and enjoyable.  We all had to read books in school we didn't want to for a class or report but I'm not in school anymore and I'll read what I please. 

And I'm going off on my own little tangent but seriously, Chick Lit is a category out there but don't let hearing it cloud your judgement toward some wonderful books. I want to redefine my Chick Lit categories. 


Strong Woman - Strong Men



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Books are there for you to escape into and enjoy.  A lot of them are full of life lessons and stories that make us feel.  They have characters that become our friends and inspire us to be.  So don't let the term Chick Lit keep you away.  And on a side note, if there's Chick Lit, where is the Man Lit?




2 comments:

  1. I think you'll like wikipedia's definition better. Megan put it in her post today http://megancstroup.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-book-chat-chick-lit.html

    It's a lot more positive and not as superficial as this definition. However, I feel like the definition you used is the one that most people go to first when they think of chick lit...which really sucks to me because that's not all it is!

    I will definitiely have to check Beautiful Bastard out! It looks very intriguing.

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  2. "Sometimes offensive." Haha nice. As for "man lit," this is what I had to say about that on Jessica' post:

    What you said about "men's literature" reminds me of why some people say we have "women's history" and "black history" months: Because every month is white men's history month haha. So maybe general literature is white male literature, therefore we have to identify "chick lit"? Hmm, interesting thoughts....

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