Totally random thought popped into my head yesterday and I thought I’d write an on-the-fly post about it.
See, I don’t like ALL chick lit, but I do enjoy a few authors in particular – Sophie Kinsella (Madeleine Wickham), and Lauren Weisberger.
I once had a friend ask me:
But how can someone so independent, smart and all those things, like something as crappy as chicklit?!
I mean doesn’t that character [Rebecca Bloomwood] make you want to scream and shake her, all the while telling her to get a life and GET IT TOGETHER!?
…what, like I should always be reading Proust and intellectual books to develop my brain and mind further or else I’m some woolly-minded fluff-brained sheep who is part of the gooey-eyed Sheeple?
I love Becky Bloomwood.
She reminds me of myself, sometimes. I can see myself in her actions and the way she acts, and I think if she were a real person in real life, we’d be very, very good friends.
Or at least, I’d want to be her friend.
She’s everything a friend should be – witty, fun, loyal, non-judgmental, indignant on your behalf and generous to a fault.
Anyway, the way I see it, chicklit is good escapist literature.
I like reading it because it makes me laugh (Kinsella in particular, has a real knack for writing things that has made me snort audibly without meaning to), and because I am already way too serious for my career and in my life that I need a little levity once in a while.
Maybe it’s stupid to some people, but I like reading familiar storylines over and over again. You know, the girl, the shopping addiction, the detailing out of outfits and the guy that inevitably comes around and was not perfect for her in the first place, but has swept her off her feet.
Jane Austen anyone?
Pride and Prejudice with Mr. Darcy was probably the originator of all things chicklit and we consider Austen’s works to be “classic literature”!
I don’t think reading stuff like chicklit makes me brain dead or act any differently. I’m not dumber as a result, I’m happy to read it and it is a great way for me to unwind and relax quietly.