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Archive for the ‘Chick Lit News and Links’ Category

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~ By Melina Kantor 

Hello Everyone. I hope you’re all having a somewhat relaxing and enjoyable summer, and that if you’re in one of the many places where it’s really unspeakably hot right now, I hope you’re staying cool.

This week, I came across an article on the appeal of chick lit. I’m sure that those of us reading this blog could come up with a billion reasons to love chick lit, but Lucy Walton had some interesting points:

When I pick up a chick lit, I get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside, that although I have not read it; I am going to like the ending. Despite their predictability, they are still addictive. I often ask how new writers make the modern chick lit not a cliché as this is such an easy trap for a authors to fall into. I am assured that with the diverse careers women now have (compared to Austin days) that can take them anywhere in the world. This can be the basis of many a story previously untouched.

What do you think?

Have a great weekend!

Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. She loves to travel and enjoys turning her adventures into research and inspiration for her writing. This summer, she and her dog will be moving from Brooklyn to Jerusalem. You can visit her at http://melinakantor.com.

~ By Melina Kantor 

Sadly, this week’s biggest chick lit related story is the news about Nora Ephron.

Yes, she may have been best known for writing chick flicks, not chick lit, but she was definitely a role model for us chick lit writers.

As Jennifer Weiner put it in her Huffington Post article Nora Ephron Made My Career Possible:

I am heartbroken that she’s gone, that she won’t be blogging her funny stories, or making more movies or publishing more essays. I only hope she had some inkling as to all of the women who grew up reading her and believing they could become writers because of the stories she told. She blazed a path for so many of us, and for that, I will be forever grateful.

Or course, we’ll always be grateful for scenes like this too (thank you, chapter member Elle Filz, for posting this on Facebook):

What’s your favorite Nora Ephron scene, book, or essay? Please share in the comments.

~ By Melina Kantor

Hello Chick Lit Fans,

Happy Friday.

And happy summer!

June is here, which hopefully means a lot of us are on or soon to be on vacation. Which means there’s more time for writing!

But we all know it’s impossible to write if we don’t a) take time to relax and have fun and b) allow time for some inspiration.

That’s why I loved these to posts about summer movies and TV:

These posts from Chick Lit Central are all about chick lit authors and their favorite movies.

This post from Heroes and Heartbreakers is about June TV premiers.

In case any of you feel guilty for indulging in movies and TV when you should be writing, just remember how much movies and TV shows can teach us about writing.

Although eventually, we do have to write. . . If you need a boost, check out this post from Novelicious: Top 5 Writing Tips from Alice Peterson

Stay cool this weekend!

Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. She loves to travel and enjoys turning her adventures into research and inspiration for her writing. This summer, she and her dog will be moving from Brooklyn to Jerusalem. You can visit her at http://melinakantor.com.

~ By Melina Kantor    

Happy Friday, Chick Lit Fans.

We hope you’ve had a good, writing and / or reading filled week!

A while back, we mentioned that Esquire Magazine is coming out with a line of ebooks geared towards men. According to this article in The New Zealand Herald, the books are “plot driven and exciting.” Hmm. As opposed to, well, what exactly?

As the article states, in many ways these books are just a harmless gimmick. But this point is also made:

The thing is, “chick-lit”, or “Women’s Fiction”, only exists as a sub-genre because There. Is. A. Dominant. Genre. If books about women’s experience were the standard, the term wouldn’t exist.

What’s more, such descriptors are generally used in a pejorative way by the literary world, to demean certain women’s writing, pass it off as commercially viable but also intellectually crap.

What do you think?

In unrelated news, I also came across this blog post by Liza Palmer about making deadlines. She has some really good advice. If you have any tips to add, share it in the comments.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. She loves to travel and enjoys turning her adventures into research and inspiration for her writing. This summer, she and her dog will be moving from Brooklyn to Jerusalem. You can visit her at http://melinakantor.com.

~ By Melina Kantor

Hello Chick Lit Fans!

Happy Friday.

This week, the major buzz in the book world is the BookExpo America (BEA) conference.

Wish you could have gone? Well, I do too.

But here are some highlights:

Leave us a comment and let us know what you think about Jennifer Weiner’s thoughts on blogging.

And if you were lucky enough to attend the conference, let us know how it went.

See you next week! :-)

Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. She loves to travel and enjoys turning her adventures into research and inspiration for her writing. This summer, she and her dog will be moving from Brooklyn to Jerusalem. You can visit her at http://melinakantor.com.

~ By Melina Kantor

Hello Chick Lit Fans,

Happy Friday! And Happy First Day of June.

This week, two chick lit related stories caught my eye.

1. An article in The Economist called, “Chick-Lit Readers Keep Out!” claims that:

“Women’s Fiction” may be a familiar term, but it’s usually deployed in the marketing of certain books or else the demeaning of them, whereas men’s fiction is typically categorised as Literature—the standard against which other so-called niches are measured and defined.

The article also includes this quote from Jennifer Weiner:

If you write thrillers or mysteries or horror fiction or quote-unquote speculative fiction, men might read you, and the Times might notice you. If you write chick lit, and if you’re a New Yorker, and if your book becomes the topic of pop-culture fascination, the paper might make dismissive and ignorant mention of your book. If you write romance, forget about it. You’ll be lucky if they spell your name right on the bestseller list.

2. Then there was the “Female Writers Write Only Chick-Lit? That’s Pure Fiction.” article in The Sydney Morning Herald that began with:

Women should stop defending romance and start making fun of the fantasies men enjoy, beginning with action thrillers.

Now, there’s an idea!

So, what do you think? Please leave us a comment and let us know.

Have a great weekend! :-)

Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. She loves to travel and enjoys turning her adventures into research and inspiration for her writing. This summer, she and her dog will be moving from Brooklyn to Jerusalem. You can visit her at http://melinakantor.com.

~ By Melina Kantor 

Hello Chick Lit Fans!

Happy Friday. :-)

This week, all of my favorite chick lit related blog posts and stories are from one source. If you haven’t already, head over to the International Chick Lit Month site. This week alone, they’ve got blog posts on writing tips, inspiration for unpublished authors, and much, much more.

If you’ve come across any links that you’d like to share, leave us a comment and let us know.

Meanwhile, here’s a good warning for anyone who dares interrupt your writing this weekend.

Until next week!

Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. She loves to travel and enjoys turning her adventures into research and inspiration for her writing. This summer, she and her dog will be moving from Brooklyn to Jerusalem. You can visit her at http://melinakantor.com.

~ By Melina Kantor

Hello Chick Lit Fans!

Happy Friday.

We here at the blog thought we’d kick off the weekend by sharing some of the writing related images / cartoons / inspiration floating around the social networks this week.

If you’ve got any more, please share! You can post them to our Facebook page, and while you’re there, you can “like” us too. :-)

Enjoy!

Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. She loves to travel and enjoys turning her adventures into research and inspiration for her writing. This summer, she and her dog will be moving from Brooklyn to Jerusalem. You can visit her at http://melinakantor.com.

~ By Melina Kantor

Hello Chick Lit Fans!

Congratulations on surviving the week!

Here are two of the chick lit related stories floating around the Web this week:

First, there’s this story in Publisher’s Weekly about defining chick lit, in which Barbara Vey actually asked people on the street for their definition of the genre.

Then, I came across this article about being a book snob. Warning: the article includes the term ‘”downmarket” genre fiction’. Hmm.

Also, don’t forget to check out all the wonderful posts over at International Chick Lit Month!

Have a great weekend. :-)

Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. She loves to travel and enjoys turning her adventures into research and inspiration for her writing. This summer, she and her dog will be moving from Brooklyn to Jerusalem. You can visit her at http://melinakantor.com.

~ By Melina Kantor

Hello Chick Lit Fans!

Happy Friday. More importantly, happy International Chick Lit Month! Yes, there’s an entire month dedicated to our favorite genre, and it’s brought to us by the lovely women at Chicklit Club, Chick Lit is Not Dead, Chick Lit Central and Novelicious. Head on over for wonderful guest blogs and much more. While you’re there, be sure to read the fantastic message on their “About” page.

You may also want to hop on over to Kirkus Reviews to see what Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books has to say about contemporary romance.

Last but not least, I came across this cartoon here and just had to share. Thank you, Dr. Fizzy McFizz!

Have a great weekend! :-)

Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. She recently returned from a two month trip to Crete and Israel, where she visited  family and friends did her best to turn her travels into research and inspiration for her writing. You can visit her at http://melinakantor.com.