This Week in Chick Lit

~ By Melina Kantor

Happy Friday, chick lit fans!

How was your week?

Here in Brooklyn, it was rainy. No, make that frighteningly, Hollywood set style, stormy.

But, the weekend’s here, so it’s time for a glimpse of what’s been happening in the world of chick lit:

We give a lot of credit to authors like Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffin, Jane Green, Marian Keyes, and Maeve Binchy for creating the chick lit genre. But this article about the rerelease of Rona Jaffe’s Best of Everything, a best-seller from the fifties, explores the question of “original chick lit.”

Did chick lit begin in the fifties? According to the article:

The Fifties and Sixties were a heyday for classy feminine commercial fiction because they portrayed women pre-liberation, full of promise. They were about the discovery of sex, the new world of office life, the emergence of female individual identity. It’s the opposite of chick-lit’s soulless consumerism and the “my dream wedding dress” narrative which ultimately triumphs in Sex and the City.

That paragraph had me until the last line. Dare I ask if anyone has some comments on this?

Moving on. . .

Lately, there seems to be an unfortunate trend with the type of humor in chick flicks. Are the powers that be in Hollywood are trying to make chick flicks more appealing to men?

Sure seems like it. This article explores the issue using the movie Bridesmaids as an example.

Lastly, remember Luca Spaghetti from Eat, Pray, Love? Seems he now has his own writing career. Good luck Luca!

See you next week, everyone! Have a fantastic, writing and rading filled weekend.

Anyone want to share what they’re reading? I’m reading The Bake-Off by the lovely Beth Kendrick, who was kind enough to stop by our blog a few weeks ago.

Bye! 🙂

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