Chick Lit

Drawing of a woman with a drink.

What Is Chick Lit?

It's Funny
It's About Women
It's By Women
It's Up to date and in the now
It's Light reading
It's Often full of romance
It's Urban (most of the time)
It's Stylish

It's new! It blossomed in the 1990's in Britain-remember Bridget Jones?

It's today! There's no such thing as historical chick lit (yet, although some consider Jane Austen to be the original chick lit author).

It's funny and light! If it makes you cry instead of laugh, if it's serious, it's not chick lit, it's women's fiction.

It's about women by women! (except the subgenre of "lad lit" such as Nick Hornby).

It's urban! Most of the time.

It's not romance, although it often includes romance. If the cover is hot pink and shows purses or shoes or martini glasses, it's quite possibly chick lit.

Usually by the end of the book the protagonist has improved her life, one way or another.

Chick Lit arguably came into being with Bridget Jones's Diary (1996) by Helen Fielding, about a single British woman. With the resulting publishing boom in Chick Lit, categories developed based on the type of story:

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Authors on this list are known for "Chick Lit" and most have titles in more than one library in the Athens Regional Library System. Their books may fall into more than one type.

Chick Lit Books Made into Movies

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