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Subject: help please!!!! What is the difference between chic lit and..
Date Posted: 12/17/2008 8:48 PM ET
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OK I know this may sound silly but Im actually new to the hole fiction book reading thing and I really need a glossary.    Ive spent the past 15 years in college reading only non-fiction and  the first fiction book i started to read was Twilight.  I loved it. I couldnt get enough and i breezed through New Moon and I am now half way through Eclipse.  I find myself wanting more than the "g "rated hot stuff offered in this story so far.  So where do I look.  you think by now i would know the difference between the genres but after about a year on this site i find that i am truely confused... and i need help.  Can someone please tell me the difference between chic lit, erotica, romance, harlequin and any other term i may be missing.  thank you Melanie

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 10:20 PM ET
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I agree with you Melanie, I dont know the difference in the genre's at all. I tried to figure it out at the book store but I've found that every book store I go to has the same book in a different section. For instance Twilight I have found in "Teen", "Young Adult", "Science Fiction", "Fantasy" and one other place that I cant remember right now. If the book stores cant keep it straight then how are we to.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 10:37 PM ET
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I think chick lit goes more into friendships usually among women that is formed in the books along with some romance in there as well, at least this is what I found in reading Debbie Macomber's The Shop on Blossom Street and A Good Yarn.  Romance is (from my reading experience which probably isn't the only one to base it on, lol) usually is just a main couple that are engaging in a relationship throughout the book, usually they meet and then either like each other or can't stand one another and then eventually form a romantic bond.  Sometimes there can be secondary romances that take place too.  :)  If you're wanting more of a "romantic" story, I suggest Historical Romances, such as Harlequin Historical Romances or even Silhouette Romances.  I"ve read a lot of great romances through Harlequin.  So that's my recommendation, such as it is! lol! :)   I don't know anything about Erotica, hopefully someone else here can help answer that one.  Hope I've helped some! :)

Angie :)

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Date Posted: 12/17/2008 10:45 PM ET
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Melanie, chick lit focuses on other aspects of a woman's life. While romance tends to rely almost solely on relationships, chick lit encompasses friendships, careers etc. It's hard to explain. Most chick lit involves single girls in their 20's, though some authors are also beginning to write about marriage, kids, etc. Life beyond the Cosmo-magazine stage, which I love! Here is a link that will get you started on some great chick lit books:


Happy reading!

Subject: Please help
Date Posted: 1/27/2009 5:47 PM ET
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I read the Twilight series and also wanted something more hard core (even though I loved it).  So, staying in the vampire realm, I read the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by JR Ward.  It's the series by which I compare all my other books to.  Give one a try...you might like it.


Date Posted: 2/11/2009 2:20 PM ET
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If you're into the vampire thing, I'm reading the Glory St. Claire series.  It starts with Real Vampires Have Curves.  She's a modern vampire who is very independent, but there is a love triangle involved in the first book.  I would possibly categorize these somewhere between chick lit and paranormal romance.

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Subject: Great chick lit list
Date Posted: 3/10/2009 4:57 PM ET
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For anyone who's into hot paranormal romances, try this Amazon forum thread:

Favorite Paranormal Authors List: 

Go to the first post in the thread to see the full list.

Black Dagger Brotherhood is the best!


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Date Posted: 3/15/2009 12:20 PM ET
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Usually when people use the term Harlequin they mean those little tiny series romance books.  But Harlequin does publish full length actual novels as well.  But when you're reading threads here a lot of people use the term Harlequin or HQN to mean those tiny series ones. 

Chick Lit: might have a bit of romance, might have a bit of the break up of a romance-mostly about the woman and her friends and her life.

Romance: boy meets girl, boy and girl eventually fall in love, or fall in love right away and overcome obsticles to be together.  May or may not have sex

Erotic: lots of sex.  Some are basically just sex with very little in between. Some are just mysteries or romances with a lot of graphic sex thrown in with the plot. (erotica with a good plot-Lora Leigh's Navy Seal Series or Shannon McKenna's books)

Cozy: a mystery with no graphic violence or sex-protagonist is usually a female ameteur detective but not always (M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin, Charlaine Harris' Aurora Teagarden)

Procedural: lots of forensic science stuff (Kathy Reich's Tempe Brennan or Partrica Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta)

Historical-pretty much takes place pre-1900 although to me anything that takes place before 1950's is historical. 


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Date Posted: 3/22/2009 6:53 PM ET
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I love chick-lit and always happen to stumble upon a great book by reading reviews here on this site. I am bashful about asking this but also think others may have the same question. How do you go about finding a "chick-lit" book in the library, PBS, or walk-in (brick and mortar) store? I have asked several people and they typically say that it is mixed in -in romance, literature etc.

Is there a sure way to identify a book as "chick-lit"?


Date Posted: 3/23/2009 8:41 AM ET
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The easiest way for me is to just scan the spines or the covers. Chick lit usually has bright sometimes neon colors, funky fonts, and sometimes cartoon pictures. Years ago when I first discovered chick lit in the library, that's what I would do! I also find it easy to pick out that Red Dress Ink logo on the top of the spines too.

Subject: Favorite Chick Lit books
Date Posted: 3/26/2009 9:48 AM ET
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I love to read chick lit and agree with the above post that you can determine a chick lit book by the cover.  They usually have catchy titles and cute artwork.  A favorite is "The Friday Night Knitting Club".  I would say it is more on the serious side of chick lit.  This book focuses on a woman's friendships, business, family, and love life . . . sort of a life journey book.  I believe you have to go more into the romance category if you want more involved "love scenes"   . . . the chick lit that I read usually has only mildly descriptive scenes . . . maybe PG-13.  I think I remember a couple of Judy Blume's adult books (Summer Sisters) being great Chick Lit with a few more descriptive romantic details.