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PostSubject: Chicklit - Proper Literature, or Guilty Pleasure?   Mon Feb 23, 2009 9:56 pm

I confess. I like chicklit. I know parts of "Bridget Jones" by heart, and I've recently devoured Niamh Greene's "Secret Diary of a Demented Housewife". Sure, it doesn't sound quite as impressive as saying, "Oh, you know, I just read another Shakespeare the other day" - but would you count these novels as guilty pleasures or proper literature?

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PostSubject: Re: Chicklit - Proper Literature, or Guilty Pleasure?   Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:55 am

It's book candy at this day and age. It's not the best thing for you, but hey, it's tasty. They're pleasure reads.
For all we really know, a lot of classics were considered the equivalent of chick lit in their own time. As time went on, they became more difficult to read due to changes in language and had gotten huge reputations, making them classics. That's just a theory though.
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PostSubject: Re: Chicklit - Proper Literature, or Guilty Pleasure?   Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:59 am

I will confess. I'm a Gossip Girl addict. It is completely superficial and poorly written, but it's gossip! It's meant to be that way! I'm also a Meg Cabot fan. Anyways, I think that chick lit is definitely okay to read once in a while. But I would not make that my reading base. The classics help keep me entertained AND intelligent.

I guess some chick lit would be considered guilty pleasures. I'm not sure I'd call it *proper literature*, but it is it's own genre.
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PostSubject: Re: Chicklit - Proper Literature, or Guilty Pleasure?   Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:43 am

A book's a book. I wouldn't call it proper literature, though.

I'm very much a chick-lit fan! I love Sophie Kinsella, Cecilia Ahern, MaryJanice Davidson, etc. I'm not much of a Meg Cabot fan. My favorites are the Shopaholic series, Rosie Dunne, Undead series, Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, P.S. I Love You, Can You Keep A Secret? and so much more!

Zara, I second your Gossip Girl addiction. I sometimes pretend to be GG and make notes to send to my friend about gossip. Super fun!

Basically, chick-lit books are fun, fluffy reads that a lot of people deny that they hate it, but secretly they love it! I never fail to laugh out loud!
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PostSubject: Re: Chicklit - Proper Literature, or Guilty Pleasure?   Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:46 pm

I liked chick-lit when all I want to do is sit back, relax, and kill brain cells.

Too much can be wearying. After awhile I want to scream at the characters to get over themselves and behave like halfway decent humans.
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PostSubject: Re: Chicklit - Proper Literature, or Guilty Pleasure?   Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:43 pm

LuthienT wrote:
I liked chick-lit when all I want to do is sit back, relax, and kill brain cells.

Too much can be wearying. After awhile I want to scream at the characters to get over themselves and behave like halfway decent humans.

Very well put. I love Bridget Jones, but to be perfectly honest, I'd much rather read Pride and Prejudice most times. Although I like chicklit for vacations. Not much thinking required, and you can follow the basic plot while dozing off in the sun.

Talking of which, I need to book a flight.

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PostSubject: Re: Chicklit - Proper Literature, or Guilty Pleasure?   Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:26 pm

To be honest, I don't read much chick-lit so I can't say if I'd actually enjoy it or not. I think all genre's have their respective place in the world of literature though, and this includes chick-lit.
I do however, immensely enjoy chick flicks. Especially the aforementioned Bridget Jones' Diary. The fight in the second movie was EPIC!
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