… chick lit (Guest Post)

I’m very keen on this modern innovation called “outsourcing”. In that spirit, the lovely Ronke at The Musings of Ondo Lady has contributed to the Why I Love…series. Show her some love at her blog. Ta!

Chick Lit has been dismissed and scoffed at as being cheap and trivial literature for shallow-minded girls. With a reputation of having pink covers and badly written, unimaginative stories, Chick Lit has come in for some bad press over the last few years. However, I am not at all ashamed to say that I love them – yes there are some truly awful titles, but for every bad Chick Lit there is a fantastic gem of a book… Come to my house and you will find my living room packed full of Chick Lit from wall to wall. I buy loads from Amazon, get some kindly sent to me from PRs and always have my eye out for up and coming titles. So what is it about these books that fill me with joy?

Well, I am a great lover of stories about modern Millies who are making their way in the world. As a Lady About Town then, this is something I can totally relate to. My love for Chick Lit began in the 80s when I discovered the work of Jackie Collins; previously I had fobbed her books off as being all about sex but I was pleasantly surprised. Yes there is a lot of sex in the books but there are also great stories and characters. Since then I have been on a roll with Danielle Steel, Barbara Bradford Taylor and Sidney Sheldon. The 90s brought a plethora of modern women’s fiction but the writer who kicked ass for me was Terry McMillan – she gave us classics, Disappearing Acts and Waiting to Exhale. Now we have wonderful books by Jane Green and Louise Bagshawe which feature strong, feisty and independent women who want to make something of their lives. Also on the market are light and bubbly books by Sophie Kinsella and the warm hearted style of Lisa Jewell.

In fact the genre of Chick Lit has expanded into sub genres such as Chick Noir – which contains a dark and witty quality in the writing – Jane Fallon is a pure example of this. Then there’s Exposé Lit such as The Devil Wears Prada and The Nanny Diaries, both of which were international bestsellers and before being turned into films. Whenever I am feeling low or freaked out I can guarantee that one of my Chick Lit books will perk me up and make me realise that all is well with the world.

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