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Topic: The definition of chick lit/HARLEQUINS ARE NOT CHICK LIT

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Subject: The definition of chick lit/HARLEQUINS ARE NOT CHICK LIT
Date Posted: 8/24/2007 9:15 AM ET
Member Since: 11/30/2006
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"Chick lit" is a term used to denote genre fiction written for and marketed to young women, especially single, working women in their twenties and thirties.Chick lit features hip, stylish female protagonists, usually in their twenties and thirties, in urban settings (usually London or Manhattan), and follows their love lives and struggles for professional success (often in the publishing, advertising, public relations or fashion industry). The books usually feature an airy, irreverent tone and frank sexual themes. The genre spawned Candace Bushnell's Sex and the City and its accompanying television series. Popular Chick lit novelists include Ireland's Marian Keyes, and Sophie Kinsella author of the Shopaholic series.


This is what chick lit is according to wikipedia.  I am a chick lit enthusiast and I see these posting everywhere that say I have chick lit 2 for 1.  I then go to their page and find Romance novels, it gets frustrating because so many people dont know what the genre is.  Im getting all excited thinking im going to find a great deal on Plum Skyes and all I can find is 17 Fern Micheals titles.  I like a good story but not when they go into lucid graphic detail about their sexual encounters and start discussing milky white thighs and such.  It makes me laugh hysterically and then I cant read the book, when was the last time a man said to you"wow your milky thighs look great in that skirt." Thats why I dont read romance novels and stick to the chick lit, not my cup of tea.  Just thought Id write and see what others felt, I know nothing is worse then being on the edge of my seat for a deal and then finding paranormal romance novels. lol.  Have a great weekend girls!


Date Posted: 8/24/2007 11:54 AM ET
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I know what you mean. I have clicked on deals in the book bazaar that said they had chic lit and it was all harlequin or sillhoutte. It is very disappointing. I guess some people think that any romance book is chic lit but it is not.

I like books with more to a story than just sex scenes!

Date Posted: 8/24/2007 7:42 PM ET
Member Since: 6/12/2007
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yep same here...I'm actually browsing the bookshelves of people I have requested from because I know they have chick lit on their shelves.  Though I read mostly chick lit my shelf doesn't have much.  Does ya'll chick lit fly off ya'll shelf?  (I'm from Texas don't laugh) My chick lit books tend to go fast, but i'm constantly putting new ones up since my tbr shelf has 50+ books and all are chick lit. 

By the way Jennifer Bachelorette #1 is a awesome book.

Date Posted: 8/31/2007 11:00 PM ET
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Since you said it was good Melissa, I may have to move Bachelorette #1 up higher on my tbr list then!

Most of my books on my shelf aren't chic lit. (most of my chic lit books are in my HUGE tbr pile!) My bookshelf has books from my mom, friends, or they are from library sales. I am hoping to add more chic lit to my bookshelf soon.(Unless the book is really good then it becomes a keeper!) :)

Harlequins just don't seem to hold my attention!

Date Posted: 9/1/2007 4:19 AM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2007
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Thank you for posting this!! So many people confuse the romance vs. chick lit thing!

I don't have any chick lit on my shelf - I don't think - because I tend to hoard this genre.  The only chick lit books you'll find are ones that I didn't like. lol

On the other hand, I don't keep any other books so every thing else I post when I'm done reading them or I find something I think someone in PBS -land might like but doesn't interest me.  Those are most of the romances on my shelf - I've a few authors I read but tend to stay away from the "bodice rippers." lol


Date Posted: 9/11/2007 11:55 AM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2006
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Well, that explains that!!! lol  I really didnt know what it was either. SO, thanks for posting.

I must say though, I was one of those I would NEver read dumb romance novels. Get real!!! lol Well, guess what? I do! lol  I could do without some of those sex scenes,but, what I like are the cop/mystery/killer/thriller thing. AND the are real easy and quick to read! Lol  No one is gonna meet and fall into bed and in love in 2 days....but what the heck, sometimes its just fun to read!!! lol


Date Posted: 9/12/2007 4:45 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2006
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I'm curious how the harlequin Next books would be classified..the ones I've read seem to focus on starting over and some have had a mystery element to them...maybe 'shorter hen lit'?