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Learn about chick lit. what it is, the different genres, what titles have been adapted to film and chick lit titles found in the MCC Library collection.
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Some Stereotypes about Chick Lit:

1. All about finding "Mr. Right".

2. Characters obssessed with expensive shoes and clothing

3. Characters all maintain careers in the big city; usually publishing or advertising.

4. Characters are all in their twenties and WASPs.

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Chick Lit: the new woman's fiction - Suzanne Ferriss & Mallory Yound
Call Number: PS374.W6 C48 2006
ISBN: 0415975034
From the bestselling Bridget Jones's Diary that started the trend to the television sensation Sex and the City that captured it on screen, "chick lit" has become a major pop culture phenomenon. Banking on female audiences' identification with single, urban characters who struggle with the same life challenges, publishers have earned millions and even created separate imprints dedicated to the genre. Not surprisingly, some highbrow critics have dismissed chick lit as trashy fiction, but fans have argued that it is as empowering as it is entertaining.
This is the first volume of its kind to examine the chick lit phenomenon from a variety of angles, accounting for both its popularity and the intense reactions-positive and negative-it has provoked. The contributors explore the characteristics that cause readers to attach the moniker "chick" to a particular book and what, if anything, distinguishes the category of chick lit from the works of Jane Austen on one end and Harlequin romance novels on the other. They critique the genre from a range of critical perspectives, considering its conflicted relationship with feminism and postfeminism, heterosexual romance, body image, and consumerism. The fourteen original essays gathered here also explore such trends and subgenres as "Sistah Lit," "Mommy Lit," and "Chick Lit Jr.," as well as regional variations.
As the first book to consider the genre seriously, Chick Lit offers real insight into a new generation of women's fiction.

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The Feminist Bestseller: from Sex and the Single girl to Sex and the City - Imelda Whelehan
Call Number: PS374.F45 W48 2005
ISBN: 1403911215
Imelda Whelehan provides an overview of popular feminist fiction from the late 1960s to the end of the 1990s, looking at how key feminist texts such as The Women's Room, Kinflicks and Fear of Flying have influenced popular contemporary works such as Bridget Jones' Diary and Sex and the City. Whelehan reconsiders the links between the politics of feminist thought, action and writing and creative writing over the past thirty years and suggests that even so-called post-feminist writing owes an enormous debt to feminism's second wave.


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What is Chick Lit?

"The natural inferiority of women to men is universally evident, and nothing intrinsic to the female sex naturally inspires respect..." Marquis de Sade.

"No woman ever wrote a really good book." Lord Melbourne to Queen Victoria.

"Biologically and tempermentally, I believe, women were made to be concerned first and foremost with child care, husband care, and home care." Dr. Benjamin Spock.

All quotes from "The Natural Inferiority of Women: outrageous pronouncements by misguided males."


What is Chick Lit?

Depends on who you ask.

Here are some definitions:

 "...a sub genre of the larger classification of women's fiction, generally a coming-of-age or "coming-of-consciousness" story where a woman's life is transformed by the events of the story. Chick lit generally has a sense of humor. It has a funny tone and voice, no matter how dire the circumstances. As a general rule, Chick Lit deals with topics that affect a woman's life."  Cathy Yardley, author of Will Write for Shoes.

"Chick Lit is simultaneously fiction about and for the "new woman", a form of popular literature (largely) written by women for a female audience. Suzanne Ferriss & Mallory Young, editors of Chick Lit: the new woman's fiction.

"Chick-lit, for me, is a twenty-first century marketing term that describes a genre that's been around for eons. It's a story primarily by and about and for women, Everywoman, with Everyday concerns, which is to say relationships, family, work, children, fashion, and especially romance."  Harley Jane Kozak, author of Dating Dead Men.

"Chick-lit whether an individual book falls into the entertainment or literary category helps us laugh and think about all the risks, responsibilities and ramifications of our choices. I see chick-lit as not necessarily defined by being literary or just pleasure reading (it can be both or either), but as a genre that adult women can empathize with and learn from, and a great addition to modern writing..." Caren Lissner, author of Starting From Square Two.

Chick-lit is entertainment...Although often with a modern twist, chick-lit represents classic stories and classic entertainment, which is why chick-lit (albeit without the label recently bestowed by marketing types) has been around for centuries." Julie Kenner, author of The Givenchy Code.

Chick-lit is any work of fiction that relates a compelling human story with wit, insight, intelligence and heart. Sometimes, even a male writer can pull it off." Andrea Schicke Hirsch, author of short story Meeting Cute.

Chick lit is genre fiction within women's fiction which addresses issues of modern women often humorously and lightheartedly. [1] The genre sells well, with chick lit titles topping bestseller lists and the creation of imprints devoted entirely to chick lit. Although sometimes it includes romantic elements, women's fiction (including chick lit) is generally not considered a direct subcategory of the romance novel genre, because in chick lit the heroine's relationship with her family or friends may be just as important as her romantic relationships. [2] Wikipedia.



Learn to Write Chick Lit

If you yourself are interested in learning to write a chick lit novel, here are some titles that may prove helpful in getting you started.

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See Jane write : a girl's guide to writing chick lit - Sarah Mlynowski and Farrin Jacobs
Call Number: PN3377.5 .L68 M57 2006
ISBN: 1594741158
With chick lit novels popping up on every bestseller list, millions of readers are all thinking the same thing: I could write this stuff and never go back to the office again! And here's the guide that will show you how. Bestselling novelist Sarah Mlynowski and veteran chick lit editor Farrin Jacobs cover every stage of developing and selling your novel, with chapters on: • Developing an idea • Deciding on a point of view • Making your characters likable • Learning the basics of plotting, pacing, and conflict • Finding an agent This book also features humorous tips and advice from scores of established writers (including Meg Cabot, Melissa Senate, and Sophie Kinsella). If you've got stories to tell, See Jane Write will take care of the rest!

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Will write for shoes : how to write a chick lit novel - Cathy Yardley
Call Number: PN3377.5.C45 Y37 2007
ISBN: 0312359004
One of the hottest markets for new writers today, the women’s fiction genre called Chick Lit is attracting new authors daily. In Will Write for Shoes, veteran Chick Lit and romance author Cathy Yardley draws upon years of teaching about commercial women’s fiction to give aspiring novelists invaluable advice and step-by-step methods for writing and selling a successful Chick Lit novel. Features include:

* The history of Chick Lit
* A blueprint for writing a Chick Lit novel
* New trends in the genre
* Tips and tools for breaking into the market

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How I Write: secrets of a bestselling author - Janet Evanovich
ISBN: 0312354282
This book details the elements of writing and publishing a novel, and addresses all categories of fiction—from mystery/thriller/action titles to romance; from stand-alone narratives to series. It offers practical and inspiring advice on such subjects as structuring a plot and handling rejection. And it combines one of today’s most successful fiction writers with a published non-fiction writer who teaches creative fiction. HOW I WRITE is the perfect reference for anyone looking to improve their writing, and for those fans who are hungry to find out more about just how Janet Evanovich ticks.

Recommended Chick Lit Web Sites

  • Chick Lit Books is an original website devoted to the chick lit genre. Started back in May 2003, it quickly grew into the first full-fledged site of its kind. At one time it featured a huge chick lit database, several reviewers, hundreds of reviews and a lot more.
  • Chicklit Club
    a site especially for anyone wanting to know everything about chick lit books. With more than 975 rated titles, 575 authors and 100 interviews . . . this is the one-stop site for readers needing their fix of chick lit.
  • Candy Covered Books
    From Chick Lit Book Reviews to those of Women's Fiction, we are determined to make choosing your next book a breeze. We gather reviews from a wide variety of sources and average them into a single rating so you don't waste valuable time reading anything less than fabulous. After all, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover...
  • Chick Lit Teens
    Reviews, interviews and contests, all having to do with teen chick lit books.
  • Chick Lit Chicks
    Chick Lit Chicks is a website devoted entirely to chick literature. Chick Lit Books are our passion (addiction)! We offer chick lit message boards, chick lit book clubs, chick lit book swaps and chick lit book reviews. In addition, we offer Chick Lit Blogs for your reading pleasure.
  • Chick Literate
    Confessions of a chick lit fanatic. She blogs about chick lit books.
  • Chick Lit Reviews
    Chick Lit Reviews was started on March 25th 2009 because I, Leah, wanted a place to write about the books I read and to update people on when new books by their favourite authors are going to be released. As well as posting news and reviews we also do weekly features including author interviews and author of the week and we also run competitions.
  • Chick Lit is Not Dead
    Two girls who believe that books with high fashion and happy endings never go out of style.
  • Good Reads
    Chick-lit is a genre of fiction within women's fiction written for females. It generally deals with the issues of modern women humorously and lightheartedly.
  • Chick Lit +
    Chick Lit Plus was started in October of 2009, and is devoted not only to books of the chick lit genre, but also interests of chick lit fans. Having so many different interests myself, it took me awhile to come up with a website that would tie all of them together. After discovering chick lit books about two years ago, I became fascinated with the different worlds I could escape to by opening the cover of books that were decorated with glamour, shoes, shopping bags, and of course- a loveable her
  • Faithful Reader Chick Lit Roundtable interviewed eleven authors who write in the Christian Chick Lit genre --- Judy Baer, Tracey Bateman, Kristin Billerbeck, Lori Copeland, Penny Culliford, Sharon Dunn, Robin Jones Gunn, Neta Jackson, Annie Jones, Allie Pleiter, and Laura Jensen Walker. These talented writers discuss the essential elements of a Chick Lit novel, the differences between Christian Chick Lit and its secular counterpart, the scenes or characters they are especially proud to have written, and the impac
  • Christian Chick Lit
    I started a list of the Christian chick-lit titles available, just for myself, and then I discovered other people were interested in the list.

    The list is separated by sub-genres:

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This So Not Chick Lit!

"This is Not Chick Lit" is a celebration of America's most dynamic literary voices, as well as a much needed reminder that for every stock protagonist with a designer handbag and three boyfriends, there is a woman writer pushing the envelope of literary fiction with imagination, humor, and depth." Book cover quote from This is Not Chick Lit.

" As a feminist, I find the attack on chick-lit more than a bit disheartening. Is this where we are---one group of women writers mocking another, deeming its work irrelevant? Are women really criticizing each other about what they read? An author recently commented that the term chick-lit sounds as if the writing is about, for and by women, nothing more. Nothing more? Why isn't that enough? Author Jennifer Coburn from This is Chick Lit.

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This is Chick-Lit - Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Call Number: PS648.C415 T47 2005
ISBN: 1933771011
The genre of fiction known as "chick-lit" has been a lightning rod for debate in the world of literature, raising questions such as Is chick-lit really literature or just harmless fluff? Is this really an accurate portrayal of the lives of modern women? Eighteen renowned authors—including Jennifer Coburn, Raelynn Hillhouse, Harley Jane Kozak, Cara Lockwood, and Rachel Pine—weigh in with the best of chick-lit—proving that this genre deserves as much, or more, respect as any other. In addition to their story, each author elaborates on her feelings about the 'chick-lit' label, and recommends literary fiction writers that have inspired them.

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This is Not Chick Lit - Elizabeth Merrick
ISBN: 0812975677
Chick lit: A genre of fiction that often recycles the following plot: Girl in big city desperately searches for Mr. Right in between dieting and shopping for shoes. Girl gets dumped (sometimes repeatedly). Girl finds Prince Charming.
This Is Not Chick Lit is a celebration of America’s most dynamic literary voices, as well as a much needed reminder that, for every stock protagonist with a designer handbag and three boyfriends, there is a woman writer pushing the envelope of literary fiction with imagination, humor, and depth.
The original short stories in this collection touch on some of the same themes as chick lit–the search for love and identity–but they do so with extraordinary power, creativity, and range; they are also political, provocative, and, at turns, utterly surprising. Featuring marquee names as well as burgeoning talents, This Is Not Chick Lit will nourish your heart, and your mind.


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