Do you read "chick-lit"?

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Do you read "chick-lit"?
Fri, 06-12-2009 - 1:28pm

Checking out a New York Times article on summer "chick-lit"; I love the comment from a character in J. Courtney Sullivan’s “Commencement” regarding the term.

How do you define "chick-lit'? Or is it a too often used label you find to be somewhat misleading?

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Wed, 06-17-2009 - 1:15pm


I totally agree with that comment. Authors like Elizabeth Berg, Jennifer Weiner, Julia Alvarez, and Lisa See don't get the respect they deserve because their work is marketed towards women. I also think that people keep writing about how the novel is dying out because the majority of the audience for that format is female.

There's nothing wrong with chick lit, but it does look like the term is now used to be dismissive of fiction written by and for women. It's weird, since two of the biggest selling franchises in the last decade--Harry Potter and Twilight--are written by women.