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Girl Talk: How I “Sold Out” And Joined The Chickliterati

In the new Atlantic, a male author lampoons Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner, “Two writers whose work is often referred to as chick lit,” for tweeting and commenting that white male literary darlings (like Jonathan Franzen) get all the good ink. Yet the only thing less fun than not being taken seriously by the big boys is not being taken anywhere at all. I know since I tried to sell out for decades when nobody was buying. Keep reading »

Book Critic Says Pink Covers “Candy Coat” Books For Women And Girls

I have a favorite independent bookstore near my office. There are tables full of new fiction and non-fiction, shelves filled with New York Times bestsellers, and one particular bookshelf full of pastel pink and purple books. These pink and purple books, of course, are in the “chick lit” section. Even without searching for titles like Confessions of a Shopaholic, you can tell from the rose- and lavender-colored hues that this bookshelf is where you will find the fluffier books which are primarily written for women, by women.

But one book critic has had enough of this “flouncy frivolity.” Imogen Russell Williams from the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper finds it “almost impossible” to pick up a pink, “candy coated” book. Particularly when the book in question is being marketed to teen girls, Williams writes, “This kind of packaging often does a disservice to thought-provoking content, because knee-jerk anti-pinkers like me assume whatever’s inside must match the cover for ersatz, grinning emptiness.” Keep reading »

Will Chick Lit Survive The Recession?

Chick lit just got a whole lot less expensive. No, the price of the sometimes throwaway-quality books hasn’t gone down, but many recently published and upcoming books in this genre take the recession into account. Storylines in recession chick-lit books include dealing with a husband being investigated for embezzlement, scrimping on extravagant expenses after going through a divorce, and wearing less expensive clothes. Dang! Is nothing sacred? Keep reading »

Chick Lit, Summed Up In 140-Character Tweets

Earlier this week, two 19-year-old college freshmen received a book deal for an idea you could have thought of: Twitterature: The World’s Greatest Books, Now Presented in Twenty Tweets or Less.

(Forget for a moment that we aren’t sure how we feel about the phrase “chick lit.”) Keep reading »

Quickies!: Lady Bunny’s PETA Billboard, Summer Reading, & Boozing

  • Drag queen Lady Bunny unveiled a huge anti-KFC PETA billboard in NYC’s Soho neighborhood, in which she is holding one of the Colonel’s famous buckets with a dead chicken hanging out of it. So hungry. [Popbytes]
  • A French study has found that loud music encourages young men to drink more and at a faster rate. WHAT?! [Asylum]
  • Finding a mate is easy for men, but women tend to have a list of unachievable characteristics. I’m sorry, but what about “Brad Pitt twin” is so difficult? [College Candy]
  • Summer reading can be extremely relaxing on a sunny day. Here are some great chick lit reads to add to the lists we posted last month. [College Candy]
  • Alcohol consumption among young people under 21 is the leading drug problem in the U.S., yet parents seem to be in denial. [Shine.yahoo]
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    Thursday Quickies!

  • Chick lit trend: heroines without heads! [Bookslut]
  • The eight places you probably lost your virginity: his and her perspectives. [Holy Taco]
  • ZOMG, Anya Hindmarch and Sigerson Morrison for Target! [The Budget Fashionista]
  • Gold diggers are ubiquitous. [The Guardian, U.K.]
  • There’s a new washing machine that only uses one cup of water per load. [AHN]
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