Expanding Horizons

May 10th, 2004 · No Comments
by Booksquare

We found ourselves both agreeing and disagreeing with Hannah Strom-Martin as she analyzes several current Chick Lit titles. We also agreed and disagreed with the Utne Reader article. Lest anyone accuse us of flip-flopping, let us be clear: we think there is room for all kinds of women in today’s literature — from Isadora Wing (Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying to the stumbling-along-socially (many current novels). We like variety in our heroines, but also think it’s time for Chick Lit to move beyond the conventions established. Perhaps (and this is just off the top of our little heads) the first step will be to kill off the ubiquitous gay best friend? After all, there are, probably, a dozen or so women out there who don’t fit this mold.

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