Sunday, May 4, 2014

"Chick Lit" and Writing Courses

There is an interesting piece here about a writer with five published novels who couldn't write anything that pleased her professors in an MFA program.  I think it speaks to why so many novels that get great critical reviews are not popular sellers.  I think it also shows why men's tastes seem to dominate the literary canon.

I think the prejudice towards writers of "chick lit" isn't towards a style as much as towards literature that illuminates the lives of women. Perhaps women have to be dead for 200 years, like Jane Austen, to be able to write about women, and still gain literary respect.

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