It’s time to create a new definition of chick lit, one that moves away from the tired standbys and into a new frontier. There are stories written for women by women that are varied and interesting and funny. These 10 books all share similar themes to the traditional chick-lit offerings: strong female characters and relatable situations. The key difference is the focus. Instead of serving as tarted-up romance novels, the books offered here explore the difficulties of the entire range of female experience. Let’s try and expand our horizons. Jennifer Weiner and Sophie Kinsella serve one purpose. Let these other forays into chick lit fulfill another. Click through for our suggestions for unconventional chick lit.
I first read Bridget Jones’ Diary when I was a teenager, marveling over how adult and grown up Bridget’s entire world was. Cigarettes! Drinking! Poor decisions! For a 15-year-old with an untraditional worldview, Bridget’s foibles were aspirational. She was a woman in her thirties, still single, still struggling to make it to work wearing a bra and with both shoes on, still trying to figure out what a happy life meant. Her problems, while abstract, were problems that I saw myself having as I got older. I quietly recognized bits of her in myself, and unknowingly carried that with me as I grew up. Revisiting the book at age 31, I was pleasantly surprised to see that not much had really changed.
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Winnie The Pooh turns 87 today! 87 long years of Pooh and honey and you know what it made me realize? I want to be five again. Five was the perfect age. Anything looked good on you, and you were basically forced to take naps. What more could a person want out of life?
When you are five you learn most of life’s lessons from cartoons and public programming. You’re taught that sharing is caring and a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down. Some of the best advice I’ve ever received came from my childhood heroes. Read more on College Candy…
When it was revealed that Helen Fielding killed off Mark Darcy in Mad About The Boy, Bridget Jones fans panicked. How on earth could Fielding even dream of declaring Darcy dead? Was there no justice? No more reindeer jumpers?
Fielding, for her part, found that the most difficult part of letting Darcy go was telling Colin Firth, who played the dashing, stick-up-his-ass barrister in both film adaptations.
“One of the weirdest conversations I’ve ever had was when I called Colin to tell him,” Fielding said, according to the Daily Mail.
“It was almost as if I was telling him that someone had actually died. We were both really upset. But then we both started laughing, as nobody had actually died.” Read more on Celebuzz…
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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It’s the time of year when the dark and endless doom of winter is about to knock. It’s finally cool enough for you to sit on your couch with a blanket, and that means it’s time to spend some quality time with the written word. Let’s set aside the fluff from this summer and get into some fall jams. What’s a good fall book? You know it when you see it. A fall book is a big heavy novel, full of plot; a book that just feels cozy; a book that you read over and over again, every year. If you find your mind aching for something a little more fulfilling these days, check out our picks and share yours in the comments!
After a long and fruitful career as one of the most prolific and talented short story writers of our time, Alice Munro can now add Nobel Prize winner to her long list of achievements, making her the first Canadian and 13th woman to win. A pioneer of the Southern Ontario Gothic genre, which was later explored by the early works of Margaret Atwood, Munro is considered one of the preeminent masters of the short story. If you’re not familiar with her work, stop what you’re doing and read her short story “Gravel” right now. Once you’ve collected yourself, hustle to your bookseller of choice with our starter list of Munro’s best works, after the jump.
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There are approximately one thousand billion independent comics out there on the Internet and I am a fan of almost all of them. Crudely-drawn one-panels or intricately inked, sweeping stories — there’s something out there for everyone, really.
One of the things I love most about webcomics is how accessible they are. They’re drawn by people just like you or me — they have jobs, they fight with their significant others about doing the dishes. They take public transit and accidentally step in rain puddles. But in my mind, they’re like superheroes: mild-mannered blue-collar worker by day, but by night, they churn out these amazing works of art.
Here’s the thing: there are a lot of really lovely, female-positive webcomics out there created by dudes, but this list? This list is for the ladies. Keep reading »
Warsan Shire, 24, has just become London’s first ever Young Poet Laureate. The Kenyan-born Somali poet writes about both English and African culture, exploring war, sex, culture, love, and everything in between with a great depth and sensitivity. She expresses her worldview with an honest vulnerability that most would shy away from. Her first book of poems, Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth, was published in 2011. She has a BA in creative writing and even teaches workshops on using poetry to heal trauma – and she’s not even halfway through her 20s yet. Warsan was chosen from six young finalists, and she will now undertake a residency at the Houses of Parliament and spend the next year creating work that reflects on London. Carol Ann Duffy, London’s current poet laureate, announced Warsan as the winner as part of National Poetry Day. Her willingness to be candid and speak her truth in her work is something we could all stand to learn from. ”It is our vision for east London to be a thriving cultural district,” said chief executive Dennis Hone, “and Warsan as the first Young Poet Laureate for London will play a key part in that transformation.” Congratulations! [BBC; Well & Often; Warsan Shire]
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! Keep reading »