This Week in Chick Lit

~ By Melina Kantor

It’s Friday, and you know what that means.

It’s time to take a peek at what’s been happening in the world of chick lit.

And it’s nice to see that there’s a lot going on.



1) In a review of the book By The Water Cooler by Parul Sharma, Samhita Arni gives an interesting history of her relationship with chick lit. Preview: She wasn’t a fan until watching the movie version of “The Princess Diaries” and then following up the experience by reading the book.

She also shares her opinion of what makes a good chick lit heroine:

The strength of chick lits are its characters and their arcs. The heroine in a chick lit novel may start off as a weak character  —  but through the challenges she faces, she discovers strength. The plot develops to present the protagonist with a difficult choice — this is true of all good stories, but in the case of chick lit, it’s a definitive, affirming choice.

2) I’ve been seeing a lot of articles about how well Ireland’s book industry is doing. This week, I came across this article from The Bookseller, and was glad to be reading some good news about books. What I loved the most about this is that Ireland’s famous chick lit novels are very much part of the reason the industry is doing so well.


Irish writers are our secret weapons. We have everything from big writers, to chick-lit authors to sports writers. There is a lot of talent.

3) Is “Dixie-chick lit” a new chick lit sub genre? According to this article about Susan Gregg Gilmore‘s novels, there just might be.

Here’s a taste of the genre for you:

Got any thoughts on these stories or any other links to share? Be sure to leave a comment!

Have a great weekend everyone!