I always thought the answer was gratuitous sex scenes amongst shallow characters, but others have told me it’s an insignificant plot. I Googled the answer and (palpitations!) it brought up chick lit. Chick lit! Surely not the light-hearted books I … Continue reading
is everyone’s dreamgirl.
oceans of Antigua to the bustling streets of Vietnam, the racing adrenaline at
the Green Hell, the devastating natural disaster in Japan and the stunning
architecture in Germany, Cathy finds herself in a whirlwind of fine dining,
plush clothes and sheer extravagance. But is perfection only a mask for untold
disaster? In a job that deals so much with people, Cathy goes home to an empty
bed. There are no pictures on her wall, no doting phone calls from a tongue
tied lover and no family holidays to boast about.
secret and how will her world change when the world knows? What is the
significance of the blue pendant round her neck? Who is the mysterious man she
is seen with every three months? What are the contents of the brown envelope
delivered to her on the fifteenth of every month? Will her secrets ever catch
up with her or will Cathy continue to sail alongside perfection in the world
she has created for herself as a Frequent Traveller?
this author will be talking about her latest release!
social media enthusiast who is passionate about blogging and finding her way
around the virtual world, she wills away time in the real world by reading,
writing and people watching.
for interviewing me on her blog. Crikey, I shall be having “luncheon” next instead of spam sarnies and swapping cider for Champagne!
If I understood her correctly, while each genre may and generally does involve a romantic element the focus of each is different. In the romance novel the romance itself is the focus, whereas in the chick lit novel the romantic relationship is at most a factor in the protagonist’s growth or journey. Donna says that in chick lit, “Whether the protagonist ends up with a man is not as relevant as the learning process she experiences through various situations that culminate in her resolving her issues…” See the full article for more: BigAl’s Books and Pals: Chick Lit and Romance Fiction / A Defining Moment.
A lively discussion follows this article. I was surprised to find a comment attacking the genres for being ‘silly’ and ‘boring’. For one thing, the comment was not on topic. No one asked for a personal opinion of the genres. Secondly, it was rude and arrogant. The attacker tried to impose his distaste for the genre on others. Third, it wasn’t smart, since he is now an author with at least one less potential fan. But I digress.
The comment that the genres are silly and boring did start me thinking: Romance and chick lit have been mocked and belittled for ages, yet they are as popular as ever. No amount of eye-rolling or finger-gagging is going to change the fact that women love these books. But despite their popularity, have the genres truly been accepted as legitimate forms of literature? Yes, we read them, but how many of us are proud of it? Are we more likely to boast about reading a well-known piece of historical fiction or the latest chick-lit favourite?
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Cookie’s Book Club: Women’s fiction versus other genres of literature