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Chick Lit – The Scourge of Society

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This is a rant. I just want to say that I hate, nay, bitterly DESPISE Chick Literature, or more aptly characterized by its glib nickname, Chick Lit.

I would not be caught dead reading a book with the word “Shopping” or any of its variations in the title. Hey, I’m not saying Sophie Kinsella’s books are terrible. The woman may be quite smart. She may write fun books. But who can, with a serious face, write a series of like 15 books that have the word “shopaholic” in the title? I literally want to gag myself when I see her books and the ilk. How many god damn books can you write about shopping? Why it’s popular is BEYOND me. If you want to read, why not educate yourselves with truly intelligent and insightful women like Katherine Dunn or Gloria Steinem or hell, even one of the Bronte Sisters?

If you want something light hearted and fun, why not watch a movie or listen to Pop music? Do you really feel like you need to waste hours and hours of your life reading about shopping, when you can just watch an episode of Sex and the City (which, in case you’re wondering, is, IMHO, another total waste of time).

I get physically agitated when I walk into book stores and I see these types of books. And you can always smell this Chick Lit tripe a mile away because I swear to GOD there is a formula for their covers that all these so-called Chick Lit authors must follow:

1) Pastel Colors
2) Water color or simple vector illustrations of women with obvious designer clothes and
3) Legs on all people MUST be at least 1.5 times as long as normal people
4) Somewhere there must be a pair of huge sunglasses, designer handbag, or high heeled shoes on the cover. Bonus points for all three.
5) Typography on cover must be stupid ugly abomniation, usually with a scripty version of Comic Sans.

And, the contents will have a minimum of ten references to Paris.

These authors are the women that perpetuate the idea that all women care about is Louis Vitton, Shoes and SoHo.

A POX ON YOU!

How can this even be called Literature? Keep it with the bubble gum music and the celebrity tabolids.

I don’t want it sharing the shelves with the likes of my beauties Nabokov, Melville, Faulkner and Rushdie. Do you know that the fact that books about shopping and dating are even considered literature by some is making Charles Dickens roll over in his grave?

Chick Literature makes romance novels look Nobel Prize worthy, that’s how bad it is.

Above all, I just think it’s totally sexist. And you know what’s even worse? There is a teenage Chick Lit sub culture. Yes, let’s teach our girls all about it. Fan-TASTIC.

I say,

LET’S HAVE A BOOK BURNING.

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Written by pocheco

May 22, 2006 at 7:57 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. The world’s got plenty of pulp to choose from. Sharks find it easier to feed in the shallow water.

    Johann

    May 22, 2006 at 8:18 pm

  2. I think it’s ok to read a wide variety of books. Reading JUST “chick lit” would be a problem but picking up a “light read” every once and awhile is needed in between tackling the classics.

    NotCarrie

    May 23, 2006 at 2:47 am

  3. I agree with notcarrie…Chick Lit has its place. My thought is that Chick Lit signals a much more concerning shift away from the gains made by first and second-wave feminists. Or is Chick Lit just the celebration of fourth-wave feminist’s femininity?

    (it’s also curious to me that so far there are no Canadian Chick Lit writers…why?)

    Ceebie

    May 27, 2006 at 7:09 pm


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