Chick Lit

ReadWomen2014: What Is Women's Fiction Anyway?

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

In much the same way as a book by a male author about relationships or 'the domestic' (whatever that means) would never be given a pink cover, neither would it be described as anything other than 'contemporary fiction'. Why can't the same be true for books by women?

Stop Being Literary Snobs and Embrace Chick-Lit

Ben Mirza | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

Literary snobs, the types that actually laugh at Shakespeare comedies, moan something chronic about the popularity of chick-lit, the fact that the genre regularly dominates book charts across the world. There's a reason why these people hate chick-lit, and it's nothing to do with declining standards.

What's the Booker Got to Do With Chick Lit Anyway?

Sophie Ranald | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sophie Ranald

Of course, there's a lot of badly written chick lit out there - that's true of any genre. There's also a trend towards violent misogyny in some fiction aimed at women and marketed as romance, which is far more disturbing.

Proud & Prejudiced: Jane Austen, The Mother of All Chick-Lit Novelists

Endeavour Press | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Endeavour Press

News about the forthcoming Bridget Jones was released recently. It struck me as quite strange that many called Helen Fielding's first diary the original chick-lit novel. I couldn't help think that those who did so had not actually read the book, for if they had they would have realised how much Bridget Jones's Diary owes a debt to Jane Austen.

Baileys Women's Fiction Prize: Another Landmark in Literary Sexism

Polly Courtney | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Polly Courtney

Fiction is one of the few walks of life where gender doesn't matter. In the real world, we are judged on our looks, our voice, our stance. In board rooms we struggle to make ourselves heard. On construction sites we are ogled. Books are genderless products that can be enjoyed by men and women regardless of what chromosomes the author happens to have.

Confessions of a Fashionista and Other Work-Woes

Lucy Karsten | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Style
Lucy Karsten

Confessions of a Fashionista, by Angela Clarke Unlike my infuriating little sister, who has ensured her role as the favourite by becoming a doctor, ...

Chick Lit and Fangirls: Trivialising Women's Entertainment

Lucy Uprichard | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Uprichard

Almost a century later, the idea that entertainment specifically marketed at women has less inherent worth than that of men is unfortunately standing strong. It starts with the terminology. The very phrase 'chick-lit' instantly sends our minds to a place of fluffy story-lines devoid of real substance.

LOOK: More Feminist Books Get The Chick-Lit Treatment

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.02.2013 | UK Comedy

Sylvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar' has got a new cover for its 50th anniversary edition, which some are calling 'too chick-lit'. But it turns out that was ...

Sarah O'Meara | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah O'Meara

Now, when it comes to the plot of Fifty Shades Of Grey I'm little confused. When did chick-lit get so hardcore?