Chick lit? Sick lit, more like…

January 23, 2012 at 7:32 am | Posted in books, Literature, technology | 2 Comments
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I’ve just read a fabulous article by Helen Rumbelow about the decline of chick lit on Times Online (it’s so freshly pressed that no Google result exists for it yet).  The way we read is clearly changing, and it is obviously no longer acceptable to female readers to be targeted in a patronising and divisive fashion. WH Smith would’ve cheerfully continued to have a section labelled Women’s Fiction, had two offended young women not complained about it.

What I found most interesting about the article was the male chicklit authors suggesting that men rather than women formed the greater part of their readership. Moreover, the invention of the ereader has enabled these men to read these chick lit novels in secrecy, safe in the knowledge that no city boy will laugh at their reading matter on the Tube. One massive disadvantage the ereader creates, however, is a loss of community in the act of reading. If you can’t tell what a stranger’s reading, how can you ask them if it’s any good?

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  1. I have tried reading some “chick lit” and found it not to my taste as it’s all too fairytale happy ending and isn’t like real life at all. I prefer something a bit more challenging! How anyone could call these pink-covered slush stories “women’s fiction” is beyond my comprehension!
    At least with ereaders, i won’t have to see women reading these slushy pink books and think to myself ” why are you reading that junk?”!

  2. I have read some Polly Williams. The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy was very good, as was A Bad Bride’s Tale. But the last novel was truly awful.


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