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CHICK LIT Women’s Literature, in one form or another, has been around for eons. During the 18th and 19th  century it has truly blossomed under the influence of such renowned authors as Jane Austen or the Brontë sisters. Emily and Charlotte have certainly created masterpieces of a more somber variety: Wuthering Heights still deeply affects me to this very day, such intense passion makes me experience all kinds of romantically inclined, very dramatic and also, let’s face it, quite peculiar yearnings. I think we’ll all agree, however, that it doesn’t exactly fill one with joy, light-hearted laughter and an overall optimistic outlook on relationships. Jane Austen, on the other hand, could definitely be perceived as a precursor of today’s “Chick Lit”. I mean her heroines struggle through all kinds of romantic adventures and mishaps to finally land their man, not to mention that some passages are written in such an entertaining way, I had to wipe tears of amusement from my face on more than one occasion. Those strong-headed, intelligent girls get what they want and are not afraid to use unconventional methods to achieve their goals. In the second half of the 19th century Kate Chopin ultimately gave women the empowerment they needed, showed their struggles for a voice and independence. At the time she managed to scandalize the conservative society, nowadays she is seen as one of the first writers to express feministic views. Of course we have come a long way from then. Now there’s no restrictions, no stiff moral norms to follow. Everybody can produce a novel. Unfortunately, considering the quality of some of the works out there, sometimes I think that indeed everybody does.  Even though some of them would do much better to leave the whole business of writing alone. With all my complaining about it, you might suggest that I should write a spectacular piece myself instead of criticizing others. Well, that is my whole point: I know my limitations and that’s precisely why I don’t. Life is hard enough without me attempting to torture you with my creations :-)! Every time I feel somewhat discouraged by the questionable literary offerings masquerading as books for women, I think of such authors as Helen Fielding, Marian Keyes, Jane Green, Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner or Cecelia Ahern and I know not all is lost. Incredibly talented ladies, who can move us to tears, make us guffaw with delight, maybe even encourage us to reflect on a few more serious matters and learn something astonishing about ourselves. There are few activities for a girly girl as rewarding as reading an outstanding chick-lit novel, for me, at least, it’s pure pink bliss. Lately after a particularly pleasant session I walk around the house humming “Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys (the hot girl being, quite obviously, me) or other similar uplifting songs. Greatly cheered up by both the book and this excellent musical self-promotion, I usually manage to look at life a lot more brightly and for that I am deeply grateful, to both the writers and the singers … Hope this section helps in finding a few jewels for your upcoming reading indulgence: so take out the ice-cream (or fruit tray if you’re being good), put up your feet and enjoy!
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CHICK LIT Women’s Literature, in one form or another, has been around for eons. During the 18th  and 19th century it has truly blossomed under the influence of such renowned authors as Jane Austen or the Brontë sisters. Emily and Charlotte have certainly created masterpieces of a more somber variety: Wuthering Heights still deeply affects me to this very day, such intense passion makes me experience all kinds of romantically inclined, very dramatic and also, let’s face it, quite peculiar yearnings. I think we’ll all agree, however, that it doesn’t exactly fill one with joy, light-hearted laughter and an overall optimistic outlook on relationships. Jane Austen, on the other hand, could definitely be perceived as a precursor of today’s “Chick Lit”. I mean her heroines struggle through all kinds of romantic adventures and mishaps to finally land their man, not to mention that some passages are written in such an entertaining way, I had to wipe tears of amusement from my face on more than one occasion. Those strong-headed, intelligent girls get what they want and are not afraid to use unconventional methods to achieve their goals. In the second half of the 19th  century Kate Chopin ultimately gave women the empowerment they needed, showed their struggles for a voice and independence. At the time she managed to scandalize the conservative society, nowadays she is seen as one of the first writers to express feministic views. Of course we have come a long way from then. Now there’s no restrictions, no stiff moral norms to follow. Everybody can produce a novel. Unfortunately, considering the quality of some of the works out there, sometimes I think that indeed everybody does.  Even though some of them would do much better to leave the whole business of writing alone. With all my complaining about it, you might suggest that I should write a spectacular piece myself instead of criticizing others. Well, that is my whole point: I know my limitations and that’s precisely why I don’t. Life is hard enough without me attempting to torture you with my creations :-)! Every time I feel somewhat discouraged by the questionable literary offerings masquerading as books for women, I think of such authors as Helen Fielding, Marian Keyes, Jane Green, Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner or Cecelia Ahern and I know not all is lost. Incredibly talented ladies, who can move us to tears, make us guffaw with delight, maybe even encourage us to reflect on a few more serious matters and learn something astonishing about ourselves. There are few activities for a girly girl as rewarding as reading an outstanding chick- lit novel, for me, at least, it’s pure pink bliss. Lately after a particularly pleasant session I walk around the house humming “Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys (the hot girl being, quite obviously, me) or other similar uplifting songs. Greatly cheered up by both the book and this excellent musical self- promotion, I usually manage to look at life a lot more brightly and for that I am deeply grateful, to both the writers and the singers … Hope this section helps in finding a few jewels for your upcoming reading indulgence: so take out the ice-cream (or fruit tray if you’re being good), put up your feet and enjoy!
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