Wednesday, February 5, 2014
What is Chick Lit?
One of my friends asked me to describe First Sight, and she seemed confused when I called it Chick Lit. The beginning of our conversation went something like this:
"What type of book is it?"
"Is it a Romance?"
"Not really, it's Chick Lit."
When I think of Romance Novels, I think of something like Harlequin. The story focuses solely on the relationship between the hero and heroine. The main point of the book is love and sex.
Chick Lit focuses more broadly on the life of the heroine. Although there is usually a romance in Chick Lit novels, the story also focuses on the heroine's relationships with her friends, family, coworkers, etc. It's lighter than women's fiction and usually has humor sprinkled throughout the story.
I checked out a couple of books at the library several months ago, Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella and Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger. I thought it was interesting that one was categorized as Fiction while the other was categorized as Romance.
I would love it if the library, bookstores, and Amazon had Chick Lit as its own genre or subcategory. It would make finding books in that genre easier for everyone. Amazon does have a new subcategory called "Romantic Comedy" in the Kindle store, so for now that is the closest match to Chick Lit itself.
How do you define Chick Lit?