Scanning the old Facebook feed, occasionally I come across an article that sounds interesting.

Today, I did. One saying something about author Lisa Jewell being offended by the name “chick lit.”

So I clicked to read the article. And of course, it asked for permissions, etc, to see it. So me, being a stubborn mule, decided to google it.

And I found this Video that Lisa made talking about the term “chick lit” and why she finds it offensive.

I was prepared to be irritated, and generally flustered, because usually this kind of stuff really gets me going, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Lisa feels very similarly to how I feel about it. The name “chick lit” generally refers women written with young, fresh voices, on all sorts of woman’s issues. Myself, I focus primarily on “chick lit romance” vs. standard fair “chick lit,” because, as I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m a romantic.

Lisa and I, however, share a belief that the name “chick lit” is a term the people who read nonfiction or literary fiction only have stapled on this new tone and snubbed it all as trash.

Horribly closed-minded of them, in my honest opinion. Chick lit focuses on women’s issues, written from the point of view of women, with humor and personality.  Romantic chick lit narrows the beam even more, focusing on the romance in a “real woman’s” life. Such as dealing with not only the new romance, but the boss from hell, the car breaking down, the dishwasher leaking and the kids screaming. 

I see where Lisa is coming from, people assuming if something is “chick lit” then it is trash, and should be disregarded. Though I don’t find the term itself offensive or off-putting, because, I write for women anyway, I understand why she finds it disheartening.

Myself? This is my theory. Let the closed-minded ones think the way they do. They can have their narrow point of view all they want. We’ll keep the really good books to ourselves.

I don’t read so I can brag to my book club that I read “blah blah blah” because it makes me look good.

I read to enjoy myself. Does that make me uncultured? Maybe. But I’ll guarantee I read more books a year than those who only read literary fiction and turn their noses up at my books or similar ones. Fiction books are supposed to be enjoyed, not status symbols.

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