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The Chick Lit Chick: What'll They Think of Next?

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When people hear the term chick lit, they assume they know what to expect: beautiful girls with beautiful lives, living it up in the city.  In fact, these defining characteristics seem to have completely turned off some readers who tired of the same old story.  Well it seems that chick lit writers caught wind that their readers needed a breath of fresh air and made some slight changes in the plots.  I came across this article in the Huffington Post that discusses some of the new trends in chick lit, including overweight chicks and being a hedge fund wife. And I’ve also talked about another new trend in chick lit, her frenemy bitch lit.

Maybe as I get older I’m just yearning for a little something more, but I have faith that some of my favorite authors will give me what I need.  I love reading books of all kinds, but there’s nothing like a good chick lit novel.  Even when the story lines get a little monotonous, I get all Brokeback Mountain on the genre (“I just can’t quit you!”), and hold out to see what the next batch of books holds.  After reading this article, I considered some trends I’d like to see in the future: Weddings on a budget, finding Mr. Not Exactly Right But I Love Him to Pieces Anyway, or possibly, yes my husband is a billionaire, but I still like working as a high school teacher.  Perhaps I’m getting carried away with my wishful thinking, but being the fanatic that I am, I’d keep reading if the new trend was girls in gorilla suits.

What do you think of some of the newer trends in chick lit?  What would you like to see in the future?

Be sure to comment on this post to enter my giveaway! I’m giving one lucky reader a copy of The Wedding Season by Katie Fforde.

–Ashleigh Menzies

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Written by whitney teal

April 8, 2010 at 10:36 am

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  1. I LOVE chick lit, but for years was afraid to admit it out loud, lol. I love the new trends — I think that women are so varied in economic background, race, social status, etc. that it just make sense. I’d love to see more down to earth novels, though. I appreciate escaping into the world of high-fashion, big city, powerful, rich woman from time-to-time, but I would like something that is a bit more “everywoman” every now and then.

    Crystal

    April 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm

  2. I am almost always in the mood for some good chick lit. I can’t wait to read about women who are closer to average than the usual heroine. I loved when Meg Cabot started her Heather Wells Mysteries – Heather is so approachable and normal! I would also keep reading these books no matter what, but I’m glad that characters are starting to seem more real.

    Alyssa

    April 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm

  3. LoL I’m glad you can now proudly declare your love for the genre Crystal. I agree about the need for a more “everywoman” type story. I feel like there is a fine line between escapism and envy for some readers and broadening the story lines might help capture a larger audience.

    Ashleigh

    April 9, 2010 at 6:23 am

  4. […] In her comment on The Chick Lit Chick’s post “What’ll They Think of Next,” Crystal admitted that she’s been a fan of chick lit for […]


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