I love Chicklit. It’s a wonderful escape. And so, when Tracie Banister invited me to be part of the ChickLit Blog Hop, how could I say no? The chance to get to rub shoulders with these ladies couldn’t be missed. Plus, we’re giving away some AMAZING prizes.
Like so many other women, my first ChickLit was Bridget Jones’s Diary. It was easy to relate to. Her earnest, quirky, messed up life reflected what I was feeling putting myself through college. I mean, I would totally turn soup blue.
One of the things that was so wonderful about the book was that we got to laugh at ourselves as much as Bridget.
But, soon after that (at least for me personally) came a long string of books I struggled to relate to on the same level. They left me feeling confused with things that felt like inside jokes.
I’ll be honest, I once read a book where they argued the merits of strappy Manolos versus Jimmy Choos. I had to look those up to make sure that 1) I remember correctly they were shoes, and 2) I had no idea how to spell them.
Just in case you’re in the same boat, check them out:
Those books were the first time I heard about this ‘Fabulous’ items, but not the last. It seemed the down-to-earth, quirky girl I came to love and respect was gone. In her place were these characters who cared about social-climbing and over-shopping and alllll these shoes I’d never heard of.
I’d never heard so much about shoes in my life. But, more than these hard to spell shoes themselves, it was what they stood for. They stood for money spent often frivolously, of lifestyles I not only know nothing about, but didn’t care about, and of women I’d never know, and probably not even run into.
The Every Woman was gone, replaced with the Carries and Beckys of the (literary) world.
I edged away… slowly. Taking quick, silent steps away from the genre and toward other things I could relate to more easily.
Then, and I’m not sure when it happened, a slide started. And, not surprisingly, it happened with another shout out to our dear Ms. Austen. Austenland.
Someone handed me a copy. I was already a Shannon Hale fan from her YA books, so it wasn’t much of a challenge to open it.
Inside there were no questionable shoe choices. There wasn’t a life so glamorous or expensive or elite or Page 6’ish that I couldn’t ever imagine (let alone achieve) it. There was a girl, a bit quirky, in love with an idea (also a bit quirky) of just who Mr. Right was.
This girl ~Jane~ was smart, funny, independent and touchable. I’m betting she wore Mary Janes.
Somehow — while I wasn’t looking — we’d gotten back to a life that was dreamable, women that I could like and respect and worlds that weren’t so obscure I wondered if they truly existed.
This isn’t to say one is bad or one is good or the whole genre should be one way. That’s the joy of the journey. Chicklit has something for every woman. No matter what your dream is, if you’re a woman, you’ll find a literary partner willing to open a door to that dream and let you escape there for a few hours… Shoes optional.
So, tell me what shoe makes *you* feel like the heroine of your own novel to enter to win a kindle copy of It’s in His Kiss. ~~> Drawing Wednesday Night.
Jenna’s been letting life pass her by as she works on her career. But, when she needs to do some research of this kissing kind, things may get a little more heated than she expected.
Research has never been so fun.
WARNING: This 11k novella has no vampires, shape shifter or scorching sex, but it might make you snort your diet Coke out your nose.
For a chance to win the Chick Lit Author Blog Hop Grand Prize of a $150 Sephora gift card, simply do the following:
- Collect all 34 of the secret words (you will find a secret word in each of the blog posts on the hop.) The word will be italicized, so it will be easy to locate. ***HINT*** The secret word in my blog hop post is near a shoe.
- Submit your list of 34 secret words to CLABlogHop@aol.com before midnight on Sunday, May 20th and you will be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing!
- The Grand Prize winner will be announced on Monday, May 21st, and the $150 Sephora gift card can be redeemed online, or at any Sephora store in the US.
- Chick Lit Author Blog Hop contests are open to residents of the United States only.