The chick lit genre is usually defined as light and frothy, with just a little bit of drama to keep the story interesting. The ending is the typical Hollywood ending.
Stephanie Harzewski’s 2011 non fiction book, Chick Lit and Postfeminism, follows the path of the chick lit genre from it’s earliest foremothers to it’s newest incarnations. Ms. Harzewski starts with two of the genre’s foremothers, Jane Austen and Edith Wharton. Using Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice and Wharton’s Lily Bart from the House Of Mirth as models, she compares them to some of the newer characters who inhabit the genre.
I enjoyed this book. I am not a usually a fan of the chick lit genre, but sometimes a light and frothy book with a predictable ending is just what the doctor ordered. What I specifically enjoyed was that Ms. Harzewski did her homework, but the book was not the boring college textbook it could have been. As both a feminist and a book worm, I was able to appreciate where we as women have been and will be going in the future.
I recommend this book.