Saturday, August 12, 2006

Girl Fight, continues

So I've mentioned the brewing literary fight between the girls who don't mind writing entertaining fiction (even if they call it chick lit) and those who are desperately trying to be Taken Seriously. There are two short story anthologies that get to the heart of this battle. One (the better one naturally, because I'm in it) is "This is Chick Lit." The other is "This is NOT Chick Lit" where basically the foreward reads like someone desperately trying to get respect at their high school reunion. The editor of said anthology actually declares that the authors within are the best women writers today. You know, so much for Toni Morrison. Someone tell her that Jennifer Weiner just dethroned her.

Not that I have anything against Jennifer Weiner. Or any of the other authors included in the "This is NOT Chick Lit" book. Most of them are charming, talented writers.

But here's the thing. My feeling is anyone who goes around shouting "I'm a serious author! I'm literary!" is protesting a wee bit too much. It's a lot like standing up at the gym and shouting "I have a really small butt!"

Let's face it, if you have one, people already know you do. If you don't, well, shouting about the fact that you do isn't going to change the fact that you wear size XXXXXXXL pants.

But, read more about "This is Chick Lit" on the brand new site:

www.thisischicklit.com.

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5 comments:

Bearette24 said...

Personally, I think "This is Chick Lit" looks better. And it's interesting that Jennifer Weiner's story is in the other collection...I thought she was considered a chick lit writer.

Anonymous said...

I agree that the Chick Lit one looks better - not to mention that I haven't heard of, like, half the writers in the other. You're absolutely right on your points about chick lit and such.. I mean, really, who cares what a book is labeled so long as it's enjoyable? And Jennifer Weiner is most definitely chick lit. Not to mention that her books aren't that great. She seems to write the same exact character in each novel (overweight Jewish girl, etc. etc.) and it's gotten to a point where I can't help but think, "Can you not write about anyone but yourself??" Ugh, talk about overrated!

Anonymous said...

I agree that the Chick Lit one looks better - not to mention that I haven't heard of, like, half the writers in the other. You're absolutely right on your points about chick lit and such.. I mean, really, who cares what a book is labeled so long as it's enjoyable? And Jennifer Weiner is most definitely chick lit. Not to mention that her books aren't that great. She seems to write the same exact character in each novel (overweight Jewish girl, etc. etc.) and it's gotten to a point where I can't help but think, "Can you not write about anyone but yourself??" Ugh, talk about overrated!

Cara Lockwood said...

I completely agree! I mean, I like Jennifer and her counterparts in "This is NOT Chick Lit." But I just hate it when people make a big fuss about labels. Plus, you can't win if you go around shouting "I'm a serious author! Take me seriously!"

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

Um, I really don't think Jennifer Weiner is in NOT - is she??? Are you sure you don't mean Jennifer Egan??? :)