chick lit

I could also relate to Emma as she works to reinvent herself and pursue her passion, home design and decorating. She takes
If you're an author with aspirations of seeing your work adapted for film or TV, people love to look at you like you're a sad puppy. "Oh, but movies are never as good as the book," they say. But is that really true? Happily, no.
Rather than surrender to the chick-lit label, my fallback approach is to analogize. "Remember Erich Segal's Love Story? It's
Are you looking to take a break from the holiday shuffle, sink into your favorite chair by the tree, and read? If so, here's some books to help restore your holiday spirit.
I've been blessed to become friends with a number of local authors, such as the generous and wickedly funny Holly Robinson. Holly's latest book came out October 6, and she was kind enough to take a few minutes to talk with me about it.
Anne Wagener has been a bridesmaid 10 times. She has transformed her experiences -- good, bad, and hilarious -- into a delightful first romantic novel, Borrow a Bridesmaid. It's also a portal into the minds and hearts of 21st century 20-somethings.
Most writers have on their laptops at least one draft of a novel that is about 100 pages long. It's the sort of project that starts out strong and inspired but soon loses steam. And so it sits, until the Muse strikes again. And it often sits there for a long time.
The strength in these feminist empowerment projects is clear to fans who use them to navigate their own lives, but I want to highlight the message for other artists: use creativity to carve your identity and empower others.
Why are we so precious about what we read? Admitting to a guilty pleasure TV shows is the stuff of Cool Girl celebrity profiles. Plenty of brilliant women are open about the "Real Housewives" backlog on their DVRs, but loving un-literary books still feels like a shameful secret.
Recently a literary festival asked me to appear on a panel of regional 'Women Writers.' I'm early enough in my career as a novelist that I'm damned grateful to be invited anywhere, but the panel title gave me pause.
For many women, there's nothing that makes for a better beach or airport read than a fun chick-lit novel. They are vacation must-haves. But are they bad for us? That's what one study claims.
So when we moved to Westport and I was in the throws of writing my new novel When We Fall, the timing could not have been more serendipitous. I was able to explore the slippery slope of female friendship right along with Allison, the main character in my book.
Weiner mused that while women are not dissuaded or shamed by reading thrillers by male authors, the covers of which often feature blood, bullet holes and other "masculine" imagery, "Why won't a man pick up a book with flowers (on it)?"
In certain hip, locavore, foodie parts of the country (Brooklyn, Berkeley, Cambridge, etc.) the trend recently has been to raise your own chickens. From what I know from people that have them, it's more work than just letting the birds run around the yard looking good and eating bugs.
My latest guilty pleasure was a book titled You Knew Me When by Emily Liebert. I immediately empathized with the challenges her characters were experiencing as they were not too different than those I had experienced in my younger years.
Best-selling author Jennifer Weiner hasn't been reviewed by the New York Times. And she's not alone: many female fiction authors are dismissed as "commercial" rather than literary. What is the critics' problem with "chick lit?"
How many authors of commercial fiction do you know who get huge, glowing profiles in the New Yorker? Well, Jennifer Weiner just did, as she continues to ride her successful hobbyhorse about not getting respect.
Our next book together will be about nurturing and creating beautiful female friendships, but Jodi's newly released new adult novel is a naughty, sexy, and smart look at the other side of these friendships.
Are female fiction writers belittled? Are their works dismissed as mere "chick lit"? Often, yes.
What makes a book chick lit as opposed to literary fiction? This question is, in reality, not difficult to answer -- at least for any thoughtful reader who enjoys a variety of fiction -- but it continues to surface.