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Chick Lit?

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CT movies has a current column on so-called "Chick Flicks," and the sister-publication site, Books and Culture, is considering "Chick Lit," which, according to the books Susan Wise Bauer reviewed, seems overly pre-occupied with food and high fashion:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/bc/2004/002/2.10.html

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Man, I haven't had a Chiclet in ages.

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Man, I haven't had a Chiclet in ages.

You're so cute, Peter. tongue.gif

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maybe they should reference a Chiklit already in action.

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Write your own chick lit!

Almost everything you need to know...presumably, for the rest, you can buy the book.

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The death of Chick Lit?

Perhaps the generation of women who spent the late ’90s and early 2000s reading about publicists flirting with their handsome bosses and hitting sample sales with their girlfriends has moved on to unfettered fantasies of supernaturally endowed lovers. Maybe they turned to more serious, movie-of-the-week problem novels like Picoult’s. Or they’ve already tired of all that and switched to dystopian YA, becoming part of the untold numbers of adult readers who have vaulted series like “The Hunger Games” to the bestseller lists. Who can say which of these genres will, like the police procedural or the regency romance, stick around for decades and which, like chick lit, will float away Mary Poppins-style with the next change in the wind? (Bear in mind that Mary Poppins kept coming back; horror fiction has died and risen from the grave several times.)

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The death of Chick Lit?

Perhaps the generation of women who spent the late ’90s and early 2000s reading about publicists flirting with their handsome bosses and hitting sample sales with their girlfriends has moved on to unfettered fantasies of supernaturally endowed lovers. Maybe they turned to more serious, movie-of-the-week problem novels like Picoult’s. Or they’ve already tired of all that and switched to dystopian YA, becoming part of the untold numbers of adult readers who have vaulted series like “The Hunger Games” to the bestseller lists. Who can say which of these genres will, like the police procedural or the regency romance, stick around for decades and which, like chick lit, will float away Mary Poppins-style with the next change in the wind? (Bear in mind that Mary Poppins kept coming back; horror fiction has died and risen from the grave several times.)

Or not? "Romance novels are feminist documents." (Thanks to Arts & Letters Daily for the link.)

Low or not, romance is by far the most popular and lucrative genre in American publishing, with over $1.35 billion in revenues estimated in 2010. That is a little less than twice the size of the mystery genre, almost exactly twice that of science fiction/fantasy, and nearly three times the size of the market for classic/literary fiction, according to Simba Information data published at the Romance Writers of America website. It would be crazy to fail to pay close attention when that many people are devoted to something.

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