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(Slate)   Chick lit author gets upset if you accurately refer to her books as chick lit   (slate.com) divider line 35
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2013-10-02 11:55:28 AM
She's a very successful artist, which makes her a rare thing indeed, and she understands the business implications of pigeonholing and marginalization in her medium and industry.

But man this is one melodramatic interview.
 
2013-10-02 11:57:33 AM
I mostly read a genre of what is probably still considered mostly "men's lit" which has always had authors complaining they were never considered "real" authors, nominated for "real" awards, or taught in "real" literature courses.
 
2013-10-02 12:09:38 PM
Still better than a Chick Tract.
 
2013-10-02 12:18:36 PM
Yo subby, broads don't like to be called chicks, have some respect.
 
2013-10-02 12:21:29 PM
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2013-10-02 12:39:00 PM
So, her blog sucks?
 
2013-10-02 12:45:26 PM
Did she write "the sky is falling"?
 
2013-10-02 12:47:21 PM
Eat Pray Love is god awful.
 
2013-10-02 12:50:17 PM
I think this is where it moves from "chick lit" to a "biatch book..."
 
2013-10-02 12:51:10 PM
Chick lit is too cumbersome.  Needs to be shortened to roll off the tongue better.  Chlit perhaps?  Hmm...maybe even go shorter.
 
2013-10-02 12:51:33 PM
Well, then, go with the original title for work like hers: shiat.
 
2013-10-02 12:52:33 PM

Nuclear Monk: Chick lit is too cumbersome.  Needs to be shortened to roll off the tongue better.  Chlit perhaps?  Hmm...maybe even go shorter.


GET OUTTA MY HEAD!!!!
 
2013-10-02 01:01:16 PM
Chick lit? Is she Lebanese?
 
2013-10-02 01:07:39 PM
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2013-10-02 01:25:57 PM
I accurately refer to them as "sap crap".

/give me a thriller/classical book any day
//maybe I'm an aberration among women
 
2013-10-02 01:26:29 PM

Chick lit author gets upset if you accurately refer to her books as chick lit


So... "broad lit", then?
 
2013-10-02 01:26:32 PM
Is that the female equivalent of "It's not a comic book!  It's a GRAPHIC NOVEL!!!"?
 
2013-10-02 01:48:14 PM
So I guess the term "tit lit" is right out then?
 
2013-10-02 02:05:58 PM
A producer of prime examples of chick lit hates it when the work is called what it is. Gotcha.
 
2013-10-02 02:07:59 PM
That's why Kindles and Nooks and stuff like that were invented--so you can read crappy books and no one knows.

That being said, Eat Pray Love was terrible.
 
2013-10-02 02:24:57 PM

bborchar: I accurately refer to them as "sap crap".

/give me a thriller/classical book any day
//maybe I'm an aberration among women


If you are, then I am too.

My mom recently got into chick lit, which makes it a lot harder for me to find a decent book from her house.
 
2013-10-02 03:31:06 PM
Wait, is that whole "polite botany" bit in the book?  That's a clumsy bit of exposition for a professional writer.
 
2013-10-02 03:58:14 PM

EyeballKid: Nuclear Monk: Chick lit is too cumbersome.  Needs to be shortened to roll off the tongue better.  Chlit perhaps?  Hmm...maybe even go shorter.

GET OUTTA MY HEAD!!!!


Clit Lick?
 
2013-10-02 04:08:15 PM
I have a very good friend who is a novelist in the chick-lit genre, and she doesn't much care for the term either. But she frequently laments being in the "vagina ghetto" of the publishing world.

/her last one sold well
//so she's not lamenting too loudly
 
2013-10-02 04:18:26 PM
I can't read anything that woman writes.  It's all dreadful.  I still have a hard time finding books written by women that appeal to me at all.  Most of them I find boring, and they get reviewed by other women who insist they are fantastic.  They aren't.  Even thrillers written by women tend to focus entirely too much attention on interpersonal relationships instead of focusing on the "thrill" part.
 
2013-10-02 04:24:35 PM

RoyBatty: I mostly read a genre of what is probably still considered mostly "men's lit" which has always had authors complaining they were never considered "real" authors, nominated for "real" awards, or taught in "real" literature courses.


Comic books?
 
2013-10-02 05:10:39 PM
No need to gum up the writing process, subby..
 
2013-10-02 05:12:27 PM

Mentalpatient87: RoyBatty: I mostly read a genre of what is probably still considered mostly "men's lit" which has always had authors complaining they were never considered "real" authors, nominated for "real" awards, or taught in "real" literature courses.

Comic books?


Sf.

/Just A Guess
 
2013-10-02 05:17:17 PM
If you have to actually tell the reader about the sexual divide of the 19th Century via the 3rd person narrator rather than through intelligent dialogue and thoughtful character development, then you're not actually interested in writing a serious novel.
 
2013-10-02 05:32:55 PM

Nuclear Monk: Chick lit is too cumbersome.  Needs to be shortened to roll off the tongue better.  Chlit perhaps?  Hmm...maybe even go shorter.


It would always be there, right on the tip of your tongue.  Like that feminine hygiene spray,  "Sprunt".

\ miss you Carlin!
 
2013-10-02 06:16:25 PM

LucklessWonder: Mentalpatient87: RoyBatty: I mostly read a genre of what is probably still considered mostly "men's lit" which has always had authors complaining they were never considered "real" authors, nominated for "real" awards, or taught in "real" literature courses.

Comic books?

Sf.

/Just A Guess


Yeah, SF, regardless of how much, outside literary worlds, SF has affected culture.
 
2013-10-02 08:02:30 PM

factoryconnection: She's a very successful artist, which makes her a rare thing indeed, and she understands the business implications of pigeonholing and marginalization in her medium and industry.

But man this is one melodramatic interview.


I thought the picture alone was pretentious enough for the whole article.
 
2013-10-03 05:05:51 AM

QueenMamaBee: bborchar: I accurately refer to them as "sap crap".

/give me a thriller/classical book any day
//maybe I'm an aberration among women

If you are, then I am too.

My mom recently got into chick lit, which makes it a lot harder for me to find a decent book from her house.


Greetings, fellow aberrations!

I had never bothered before to learn anything about  Eat, Pray, Love so I looked it up on Wikipedia.

"Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having - a husband, a house, a successful career - yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy, the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Indonesia."

...yeah, sounds boring and insanely formulaic.  Just the plot synopsis alone reads like the scorecard for a game of Worn-Out Literary Trope Bingo.
 
2013-10-03 09:45:21 AM
She's also the author of "The Last American Man" - written a decade ago, its nonfiction

http://www.amazon.com/Last-American-Man-Elizabeth-Gilbert/dp/01420028 3 6/ref=la_B000APV4U0_1_1

/when hearing rants about female authors, consider the source; guys who willingly go to comic book movies
//no interest in her fiction books, or in comic book movies
 
2013-10-03 12:35:26 PM
Can anyone shed some light on what the Johnathan Franzen reference is about? I am reading "Freedom" right now, at its exhaustive, exhaustive and usually by the end of each mega chapter satisfying in a way i can't yet quite put into words. I'm sturggling to get through the end though. Just when the big father/son showdown was coming we go back into the father's father's history, from boyhood! and i just don't know if I have the steam.
 
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