I love chick lit.
I make no apologies.
I do not plan on turning in my feminist card. If someone made me, I would gladly give up feminism in favor of chick lit.
I like a story of a plucky woman who has gone through some sort of adversity. I like how she screws up but all things come out at the end. I like a happy ending.
Now, this does not exclude me from reading other types of literature. I can do sad and depressing with the best of them. The books that fall under these categories are traditionally better for book clubs. What book club doesn’t like to bond over tears?
But back to chick lit…
There are two authors I’ve been reading for over 20 years. Let’s call them Jennifer Red and Jane Hotdog. In the beginning I loved these authors. I read everything they wrote as soon as it came out in paperback. Sometimes, I even sprung for the hardcover. I kept my copies of these books.
These authors spoke to me.
It was as if they were reading my mind.
And as the years went on, these authors changed up their books. They were no longer writing about plucky women making little errors, losing their way and then finding their way back. They began to write about deep subjects. Adultery. Depression. Drug abuse.
Anyone can write about anything.
In my opinion, maybe, just maybe, writing about these subjects wasn’t really great for these authors. Maybe these authors weren’t really cut out for heavier fiction. Maybe these heavier books weren’t quite as good as the other lighter fare. I no longer enjoy the works of these authors as much as I once did.
It takes a really good writer to write a good chick lit book. You have to make the characters real. You need to make the situations somewhat realistic. You need to have a good sense of humor. These are all skills…skills that should not be undervalued just because the book is not Booker Prize worthy…
Just like writing a weightier tome has its own individual skillset.
Writers of different genres are all talented: they are just talented in different ways.
We tend to undervalue light in favor of heavy.
I don’t know why. Can’t we have both, assuming they are done well?
I’d much rather have a well executed “light” book instead of a poorly executed “heavy” book…I want to read the best that any genre has to offer.
Food for thought:
- Do you think publishers/agents direct best selling authors to write things that are in vogue, even if it means changing genres?
- What genres do you prefer?
- Do you think chick lit is a waste of time?
- Have you ever had an author that you love disappoint you with their latest work?
- Anything else that I touched on in this post
- Do we undervalue light in favor of heavy
I made a comment yesterday that seemed to devalue reposting or reblogging an older post. Alas, this sentiment did not come out the way that I intended. I apologize to anyone that reposts or reblogs their work sometimes. Just because I don’t like doing it doesn’t mean that others shouldn’t. Keep on being you. Sorry for the inference!LA