Coming Out!

I’m fixin’ to have a little coming out party…… with Chick Lit.

No, I am not thrilled with the label “chick lit” but I am willing to over look the term, for now, because that is a whole other topic for a blog entry… but I digress.

So, I’ve been absent of late on the blog. I’ve been doing some heavy research. Recently, another writing friend of mine said something to me that made me think again about chick lit. I used to snicker at chick lit, and I’m ashamed to say that I never did any research on it, before now.

I would see those cute little pastel book covers of shoes, lipsticks, and cartoon women in the book stores and I would think to myself, “No, that’s not for me.” Not once did I ever pick up the book and read the back cover or read the first few pages. I know, I am ashamed.

For the record, chick lit comes with other covers too – I have learned through my research.

Yes, I am educating myself about chick lit because apparently my work-in-progress-novel is chick lit. LOL Who knew?! Apparently, I have been a chick lit fan all along and never knew it. Can one do that? I mean how can you know if you like, or don’t like, chocolate-covered cherries, for example, unless you’ve tried it? Right? The thing is, I have tried chick lit before and didn’t realize what it was at the time.

The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger
In Her Shoes, Jennifer Weiner (by the way, I could SO play Georgia, check out her weblog to see what I am talking about)
Bridget Jones’ Diary, Helen Fielding
PS, I Love You, Cecelia Ahern
And um, hello? Sex and The City, Candace Bushnell? Yes, it was a book before a big HBO hit.

And I don’t know if Anna Quindlen or Alice Hoffman are considered chick lit authors or not but I sure did love One True Thing and Practical Magic, respectively, as well.

When The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood came out. I walked right by the book on the shelf, saw the cover, raised my eyebrow at it and kept walking. Then a year or so later, when I saw the movie trailer I was so moved by the preview. I thought, “OH WOW, I didn’t know that is what the book was about!!!” The next day I went to the book store, purchased the book, and read it in about a day – and I’m a slooooow reader. I was hooked. I did the same thing with Eat, Pray, Love too. I need to literally stop judging books by their covers. Shameful, I know!

So you see, I do this all the time…. I think I’m all smarty pants and know some stuff. When I am proven wrong, for the good, I love it.

In my Google account I have set up alerts for Chick Lit. Today I got my very first alert. It was an interview on She Knows Entertainment where Joel D. Amos interviewed Allison Winn Scotch. The interview led me to her blog, which led me to a lot of other blogs by writers and authors. So now I have a whole new flock of chick lit books to add to my reading list. YAY for me.

You know what else I am learning through my research of chick lit? That is is OK to be me. 😉

She Knows Interview with Allison Winn Scotch

By the way, my writing friend who helped open my eyes to chick lit is Susan Cushman. No, we’ve never met in person but some day I hope to soon. Check out HER blog at Pen and Palette.