This Week in Chick Lit

~ By Melina Kantor

Hello Chick Lit Fans!

Happy Friday! We hope it’s been a good week.

Speaking of how the week’s been, I couldn’t help but notice that the topic of chick lit’s been making the papers. And I thought some of the articles might be fun to discuss.

For example, there’s the article from about a bank CEO’s wife who describes her husband’s love of of chick lit. Apparently, CEO Peter Sands reads chick lit and watches romantic comedies with his three daughters to unwind after a long day.

Then, there’s the article in The Globe and Mail about how the members of a male only book club that turned to Nora Roberts novels in order to become better men. How did that start? One of the members wanted to propose to his girlfriend, and figured, “If the perfect man exists, he resides in chick lit. . .” So he and his groomsmen decided to explore the romance / chick lit genre.

Bachelors, beware. We single girls find this brilliant!

Also from the Globe and Mail is an article about Nancy Trejos, a personal finance columnist for The Washington Post, and how she used her knowledge of finance in her first novel Hot (Broke) Messes: How to Have Your Latte and Drink it Too.

Trejos describes the novel as “Bridget Jones meets Suze Orman.” Who knew that “personal finance chick lit” was a growing trend? Even Harlequin seems to be picking up on it.

The point of all of these articles? Chick lit actually does have substance and absolutely does apply to real life. And the genre may be changing, but it’s SO not dead.

Readers: What do you think of all this? Can chick lit really teach women about finance? Can chick and romance teach men about relationships? Hmm.

And if you’ve found any interesting articles about chick lit, be sure to tell us!

Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. By day, she is an elementary school computer teacher. You can visit her at

4 thoughts on “This Week in Chick Lit”

  1. This is just fabulous stuff here, Melina!!! I sooo luuuvv our new This Week in Chick Lit Series!!!

    And yes, yes, and a bunch more big ‘ole yes-es…Chick Lit can and does explore all these wayyy terrific topics and sooo much more!

    In fact, whenever someone digs me a bit, especially men when they say “oh, you write THOSE kinds of books” then laugh, I always, always respond “maybe you should read them and learn something”. That sooo shuts ’em up! LOL!!!

  2. Excellent point, Meredith! Misery loves company, and we all need a bit of humor to help us through stressful life situations.

    Wendy, I agree! Brilliant. If a guy did something like that for me, I’d totally swoon. 😉

  3. Right on!! Even “Confessions of A Shopaholic” touched upon finances and savings and getting oneself out of debt. One of the reasons, I love chick-lit is because it DOES lend itself to real life issues. Only it takes those relateable issues and peppers them with humor.

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