What a term! For years I have been reading mystery type novels, Alex Cross series by James Patterson, Clive Cussler, etc. From a friend I picked up the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, which I loved. Add another few reads I picked up here and there, I was really opened to a new type of book, where the female is not the victim. Then asking for more titles from other Moms, I got the term “Chick Lit.”
According to the ‘reliable’ site, Wikipedia, Chick Lit ‘The term was introduced by Cris Mazza and Jeffrey DeShell as an ironic title for their edited anthology Chick Lit: Postfeminist Fiction, published in 1995. The genre was defined as a type of post-feminist or second-wave feminism that went beyond female-as-victim to include fiction that covered the breadth of female experiences, including love, courtship and gender.’
According to about.com, here are the top FIVE chick lit authors:
1. Jane Green
Green has handfuls of popular titles to choose from. Check out Second Chance, Swapping Lives, The Other Woman, Babyville: A Novel or Spellbound.
2. Marian Keyes
This Irish bestselling author has delighted readers with books such as Anybody Out There, Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married and Rachel’s Holiday.
3. Sophie Kinsella
Kinsella hit a nerve with women who can’t resist a sale with Confessions of a Shopaholic and the many Shopaholic sequels. She also pleased readers with the bestselling The Undomestic Goddess.
4. Jennifer Weiner
5. Helen Fielding
Start with Bridget Jones’ Diary and see if you don’t fall in love with Fielding’s quirky characters. Other titles to consider include Cause Celeb and Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination.
Here’s another site with a great list of Chick Lit authors, titles, and updates http://www.chicklitclub.com
I can’t wait to read more Chick Lit books. Just from the few books I have read, I have truly enjoyed them!