CHICK LIT IS……Chick lit is a term used to denotegenre fiction within womensfiction written for and marketedto young women, especiallysingle, working women in theirtwenties and thirties. The genresells well, with chick lit titlestopping bestseller lists and thecreation of imprints devotedentirely to chick lit. It generallydeals with the issues of modernwomen humorously andlightheartedlyhttp://www.forbes.com/2008/11/07/women-literature-criticism-oped-cx_hra_1108alberts.html
Womens fiction is a wide-ranging literarygenre that includes various types ofnovels that generally appeal more towomen than men. They are usuallywritten by women, are addressed towomen, and tell one particular storyabout women. The genre description isan umbrella term that covers mainstreamnovels, romantic fiction, Chick lit andother sub-genres.http://www.findmeanauthor.com/womens_fiction_genre.htm
Starring a young femaleprotagonist in her twenties andthirties, who is usually white,heterosexual and urban (Smith,2005).It depicts inspiring and strongfemale characters and those thatwant it to portray the reality ofyoung women “grappling withmodern life” (Mabry, 2006, p.193).
Chick Lit features single women in theirtwenties and thirties ‘navigating theirgeneration’s challenges of balancingdemanding careers with personalrelationshipChick Lit also offers more realisticportrait of single life, dating and thedissolution of romantic idealsFerriss, Suzanne and Mallory Young(eds). Chick Lit: The New WomenFiction. 2006, p 3
Sisterhood is OutFemale, in 20s or 30s and live inmetroThe story is dealing withrelationship issues.
Overwhelmed by Choices/ itsignifies Female crisisConsumerismIt Focuses on some kind of self-improvementThe character grows/learns bythe end of the bookMichele M. Glasburgh. 2006. CHICK LIT: THE NEW FACEOF POSTFEMINIST FICTION?Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction. Suzanne Ferris and Mallory Young (eds)Routledge Publishing, 2005.http://www.jasna.org/bookrev/br231p21.html
Andrea Sachs is fresh out of college and eager tobuild up her resume in order to land her dream jobat the New Yorker, even if it means working for theruthless editor-in-chief, Miranda Priestly, at thefashion magazine Runway. Although everyone keepstelling her that a “million girls would kill” for thisposition, Andrea soon realizes that working forMiranda will be one of the hardest jobs she’ll everhad. Bringing her warm lattes, delivering her drycleaning, scoring a copy of the latest Harry Potterbefore it hits the bookstore shelves, and having askirt flown to Paris the same night are only a few ofthe tasks Andrea must accomplish as a rookie in thefield. The book’s continual romp through thefrivolity of the fashion industry provides the readerwith countless humorous and absurd incidences thateventually help Andrea to see what is reallyimportant: the boyfriend, friends, and family thatshe has blindly neglected in the spirit of gettingahead in her career. Although Andrea doesn’t endup back with her boyfriend at the end, she haslearned valuable lessons in her personal andprofessional life.
"[A] funny, biting, low-cal treat."-Rush & Molloy, The New York Daily News"A deliciously witty and gossipy first novel."-Publishers Weekly"[An] on-the-money kiss-and-tell debut.-KirkusFrom the Hardcover edition.http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Devil-Wears-Prada-Novel-Lauren-Weisberger/9780767914765-item.html?pticket
www.answers.comThe Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film, a loose screen adaptation ofLauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel of the samename. It stars Anne Hathaway as Andy Sachs,a recent college graduate who goes to NewYork City and gets a job as a co-assistant topowerful and demanding fashion magazineeditor Miranda Preistley, played by MerylStreep; the film was distributed by 20thCentury Fox.
On its opening weekend, the film was on2,847 screens. It grossed $27 million, secondonly to the much bigger-budget SupermanReturns, and added $13 million more duringthe first week. This success led Fox to add 35more screens the next week, the widestdomestic distribution the film enjoyed.Although it was never any weeks top-grossingfilm, it remained in the top 10 through July.Its theatrical run continued through December10, shortly before the DVD release.It had a very successful run in theaters,making nearly $125 million domestically andover $325 million worldwide, a career highfor Meryl Streep, until Mamma Mia wasreleased in 2008 and surpassed it.www.answers.com
The Devil Wears Prada topped thecharts on its first major Europeanrelease weekend on October 9, aftera strong September Oceania andLatin America opening. It would bethe highest-grossing film thatweekend in Britain, Spain andRussia, taking in $41.5 millionoverall. Continued strong weekendsas it opened across the rest ofEurope helped it remain atop theoverseas charts for the rest of themonth. By the end of the year onlyits Chinese opening remained; it wasreleased there on February 28,2007.www.answers.com
Georgie Beauchamp is totally happy and in lovewith her wonderful, dependable boyfriend,David. However she always daydream aboutrunning into her gorgeous ex-boyfriend Mike.While Mike is driving an expensive sports carand looking better than Brad Pitt at the Oscars,she longs to have the glamorous life Mike canofferand starts to think that he might want herback in his arms.But when he invites her for a weekend inRome, Georgie is torn. David has always saidhe’d take her there for the romantic getawayof a lifetime, but his work keeps him totallytied up. So she must choose: David, all comfortand reliability, or Mike, all flirtation andbutterfly-stomachs.. But when David shows upunexpectedly, this roman holiday gets a hell ofa lot more complicated
“Gemma Townley’s story is infectious, charming andhysterical. She’s an author after my own heart.”—SHERRIE KRANTZ, author of The Autobiography of Vivianand Vivian Lives“As sweet and frothy as a cappuccino, this engaging RomanHoliday-inspired romp reveals the importance of a ‘victoryhaircut’ and the transformative powers of shopping atGucci!”—MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, author of Cat’s Meowand How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less“A refreshing, funny, pacy book, it made me want to rushoff to Rome and be Audrey Hepburn. I loved it!”—SOPHIE KINSELLAAuthor of Confessions of a Shopaholichttp://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/When-in-Rome-Gemma-Townley/
Rapid sales for a short period oftime, steady sales over time, sales inconjunction through other mediasuch as film adaptationsThe popularity on a best-sellingauthor or book may also rest onthemes or style. The message of abook permeates a large segment ofpopulationThe Greenwood Guide to American Popular Culture.2002, p1240
The vocabulary is overly simplistic, theplots repetitive and The appeal is in theescapism.Thus, these novels provide alternativesto what culture demands for women—homemaking, Mr. Right, thin waists, andsexual fidelity—as well as amusingescapes from reality.
These novels allowwomen to expressdesire, thesearguments strayfrom proving thatchick lit should bestudied as greatliterature. itprovides laughter,escapism, and as muchtemporal pleasure asthe final kiss in afilm.http://www.jasna.org/bookrev/br231p21.html
ANNA S. (SanJoseCa) wrote on11/20/2006A light-hearted entertaining story,with an unbelievably naive andflaky main character. The novel iswitty, humorous and fast-paced,with many reference to the film"Roman Holiday."Modern English girl has areliable boyfriend, but when herhandsome, dashing ex-boyfriend reappears in her lifeand invites her to Rome for theweekend, she impulsivelydecides to accept. An easychick-lit read, but the stupidityof the main character was kindof annoying.Sue S. wrote on 1/30/2006
Funny and light. Another story about amisguided but mostly well-meaning youngwoman. If you like Sophie Kinsellas books,youll probably like Gemma Townleys, too.Cybele H. wrote on 8/19/2007I really enjoyed this book and made me wantto go to Rome. Also highly reminded me ofRoman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn.Keri wrote on 7/19/2007
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