How many authors of commercial fiction do you know who get huge, glowing profiles in the New Yorker? Well, Jennifer Weiner just did, as she continues to ride her successful hobbyhorse about not getting respect.
Our next book together will be about nurturing and creating beautiful female friendships, but Jodi's newly released new adult novel is a naughty, sexy, and smart look at the other side of these friendships.
What makes a book chick lit as opposed to literary fiction? This question is, in reality, not difficult to answer -- at least for any thoughtful reader who enjoys a variety of fiction -- but it continues to surface.
Weiner isn't just expert at giving her reading public what it wants, she's a master at creating controversy and making headlines by attacking noted authors in the news. It's a canny strategy guaranteed to boost her already high public profile. Midlist authors, take note.
When did writers start being brands? This question led me through a maze of other squirrely musings. If you write a memoir, are you forever a memoirist? What happens if a thriller writer dares to try his hand at romance?
So go ahead. If you're still feeling a little embarrassed, download a romance onto your e-reader. Aside from your blushing, you might discover a passion for a whole new genre. As it turns out, smart women read romance, too.
In the past year, a different breed of chick lit has appeared with smarter writing and characters. It's notable not just for the content, but also for what it says about women, and what they are willing to read in their leisure time.
Where is that line, by the way, between friend and friend-fatale? Like pornography, it's hard to define, but we think these novels -- a healthy mix of classics and worthwhile chick lit -- will make it as clear as a sharp knife in the back.