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Is chick lit lit?

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Yes it is -- sort of, maintains Helen Falconer in the Guardian:

When women write cheerful, upbeat stuff about aspirational females out and about in the world, they are bluntly informed that it doesn't count as literary, it's just chick lit. Thus women authors have quite a hoop to jump through: how can they write about their own gender and give their characters exciting lives and happy endings without being swiftly relegated from literary to flittery? A tricky question, and one that many women solve by abandoning their Booker ambitions and taking the money.


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