Some people say that chick-lit is degrading to women. That the genre (and yes it is a genre) is “fluffy”, “dippy”, or/and “superficial”, but I beg to differ.
Most who say that chick-lit is featherbrained and shallow have either never actually read one of the books, or read one that wasn’t up to par with the true meaning of the style.
Good chick-lit, while most of the time having name-dropping, label dropping, and a pop-culture tone, still have strong female characters. Face it, any true air head, skin-deep chick would have given up on fighting for their dreams long ago (if she had any to begin with) or is too dumb to even know she has no life outside designer bathing suits.
Now, that doesn’t mean that characters in chick-lit don’t panic, cry, doubt, run from fear, or are just plain screwed. Buy who isn’t? And in truth, it takes more strength to admit you're a little lame or messed up, than think you’ve always got it together.
Take the protagonist in “Georgia on Her Mind” for example. She loses her power-corporate job, her boyfriend, and anything resembling her life in 24 hours. The protagonist, as most of us do, whines, even pouts in the beginning. But eventually sucks it up and deals, making her life work.
Opening her self to the changes God may have for her, she find true satisfaction and realizes that material objects aren’t everything.
True Chick-Lit will state that, even though Chanel is an awesome brand, and we all love a lip-gloss free of stickiness; life is about friends, family (even though they drive you nuts) loving yourself for who you are, working through hard times and personal failing, and finding meaning even without Kenneth Jay Lane earrings. (Even if they do look awesome!) And, of course, the pursuit of true love!
The women in a top-notch chick-lit novels are strong, bold, and fight through all that hard stuff (like not being treated equal buy male bosses) . . .taking pride in being a woman in the process.
Authentic chick-lit characters are secure enough in their femininity to know that they don’t have act like a man to make it in a man’s world.
And beside, who said you can’t kick serious butt while wearing stilettos and Bare Essentials eye shadow!
Sometimes ya just need a book that tells it like it is, but also makes you laugh out loud. Chick-lit does that.
You know, like that song title says, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”.
Don’t fear being a girl, don’t fear girl-a-tude.
Yeah! I'm not afraid of being a girl! Let's hear it for girl power! lol
Thanks for helping me to understand this better. I haven't read any chick-lit books except for a good one by Karen Kingsbury, so I don't know much about it. Maybe I should read more just to get some ideas in case I write some fiction in the future with romance. (Do you have any ficiton on your page btw?)
Thanks also for the helpful and humorous critique! I'll think about your advice and consider making her accent more realistic. lol My goal was just to make some of her dialogue with an accent and not all, so the reader could add that in themselves. (I didn't want it to be like Huckleberry Finn where you have to strain your mind just to understand what some characters say!) Great work and God bless!