Here we are at the end of May with the summer upon us. Some of you will be at the beach, others traveling with family, many of you looking for an escape and a laugh or two. That is why International Chick Lit Month comes at the best time!
You may be aware of my case for the modern Darcy. Novels featuring a #ModernDarcy not only fall under the genre of Contemporary Romance Fiction BUT may also be the sub-genre of Chick Lit with the right elements. I know that a true Austen-esque lover may not like to consider that notion, but it's true. The first that comes to mind is, enjoyed it or not, Bridget Jones Diary.
Chick Lit is one of those genres that has seriously received a bad rap through the years. Heck, the name alone offends many. I imagine some beer slugging guy, wearing a wife beater T-shirt and holding a Playboy magazine, calling that Chick Lit. But, let's talk turkey here. What is it about the genre of Chick Lit that is so unlikeable to many? The frivolity of some novels? No. Who doesn't like to be frivolous now and again? Is it the feel good entertainment? Nah, that can't be it. We all want to feel good. Is it that the heroine finds romance and self-awareness along the way? Nope. Lawd knows we all want that! Is it that there is focus upon her support system whether it be family or friends? Surely there is nothing objectionable about that. We all need that to survive in this crazy world. Perhaps its the humor the author infuses into her novel? Those types of situations and circumstances that harken back to Seinfeld-esque real life comedy. In many ways, I think Chick Lit is very RL with the HEA that we're all rooting for during our escape.
This is how Wikipedia defines Chick Lit: Chick lit is genre fiction which addresses issues of modern womanhood, often humorously and lightheartedly. The genre became popular in the late 1990s, with chick lit titles topping bestseller lists and the creation of imprints devoted entirely to chick lit. Although it sometimes includes romantic elements, chick lit is generally not considered a direct subcategory of the romance novel genre, because the heroine's relationship with her family or friends is often just as important as her romantic relationships.
There are so few of us published Austen-esque Modern writers out there, most of whom bring comedy into their imaginative re-telling of Jane Austen's novels. You may not think so, but Jane herself could be considered the modern Chick Lit writer of her time. She was writing for her contemporaries about the world they lived in. Did she not pen humor and family dynamics? Did she not use our heroine's romantic journey as one toward self-growth? What about her heroines? Weren't some of her most popular leading ladies spirited, feisty woman, as is the norm in most Chick Lits? What about the ridiculousness of characters such as Lady Catherine, Mr. Collins, Mrs. Elton, Mr. Woodhouse? Bet you know a few of those, too. Chick Lits bring them to life in a contemporary, colorful, leave-you-smiling-at-the-end read.
Along with myself, here are just a few other published modern Austen-esque authors who should not be overlooked because they believe as much as I do in the case for a #ModernDarcy.
Marilyn Brant / Barbara Silkstone / Ruby Cruz /
Jenni James / Aimee Avery / Enid Wilson
If you haven't yet read my Lucky 13, it is a quintessential Chick Lit starring Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet; a modern romantic novel set in NYC where matchmaking and misunderstandings abound. Friends and family, even new characters, add to the fun and mayhem. It'll make you laugh, might even tug at your heartstrings, but it'll definitely make you swoon as Mr. Darcy strips during the FDNY firefighter calendar tryouts.
In honor of this awesome month, with only four days remaining, I'm celebrating by offering a GIVEAWAY for 3 LUCKY Winners.
USA entrants can win a paperback and International entrants can win an e-Book. Just enter your e-mail! Good LUCK, everyone!!
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