“Chick lit is dead”
“Should we mourn the end of chick-lit?”
The headlines keep coming along with the stereotypes.
Exactly what is chick lit?
No, you don’t have to spell it out to me but do we need this term?
Many authors have been labelled as “chick lit” just because they are women.
Does it matter?
I suppose it depends how you view yourself.
I for one do not like stereotypes. I write women’s fiction, i.e. stories that will mainly appeal to women. Still, it doesn’t mean men don’t like reading my stories.
Many women authors have been blighted by “pink covers” or ones adorned by stilettos and such. This reflects a lack of imagination from publishing houses. Let’s not forget many authors have no say when it comes to choosing the artwork which is meant to sell their books.
Here’s an article I read in the Guardian
And here is the comment I left:
As I keep saying women’s fiction does not equal chick lit.
Let people read what they want without attaching patronising labels.
I’m glad to report I write women’s fiction and no pink cover is associated to my name.
Unfortunately authors do not always have a say when it comes to their book covers.
We can try and make our voices heard though.
Let’s focus on writing good stories, ones readers want to read and let’s get rid of stereotypes.
- Monday Musings: Stop Calling It “Chick Lit” (katjevanloon.com)
- Chick-lit may be staggering on its heels, but it will survive (telegraph.co.uk)
- In defence of chick lit (doctordolittle.wordpress.com)
- Have we fallen out of love with chick lit? (independent.co.uk)
- Guess which celeb is entering the world of chick-lit? (heatworld.com)
- No frills please: don’t chick-lit my books just because I’m a woman | Polly Courtney (guardian.co.uk)
- Novelist ditches publisher at book launch (guardian.co.uk)
- The sneering ‘chick lit’ label that dogs female authors (guardian.co.uk)