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Naming and Organizing Chick Lit. Kellie Meehlhause LI 804 Ann O’Neill. No, not These!!!. What is Chick Lit?. Contemporary women’s fiction Chick Lit explores the personal, professional, and romantic lives of young, single, working women. “Coming-Of-Age” story

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Naming and OrganizingChick Lit

Kellie Meehlhause

LI 804

Ann O’Neill

No, not These!!!

What is Chick Lit?

  • Contemporary women’s fiction

  • Chick Lit explores the personal, professional, and romantic lives of young, single, working women.

    • “Coming-Of-Age” story

  • Usually written by women for women.


  • Main Character: female, 20-30s, an “every woman”

  • Supporting Characters: gay best friend, evil boss, cheating boyfriend, caring female posse, Mr. Right

  • Setting: Contemporary, urban (NYC, London, L.A.)

  • Humorous, satirical tone

  • Embedded in pop culture

    NOTE: These qualities may not be present in all genre literature, but they are stereotypical nonetheless.

Judging the Book by Its Cover

  • Bright, pastel colors

  • Curly, script-like fonts

  • “Feminine” images (i.e., shoes, make-up, purses, female body)

Sounds Simple Enough?

  • Organizing a Chick Lit Collection

    • Traditional Author-Title Index

    • Plotline/Subgenre

    • Location

Traditional Author-Title Index

  • Alphabetized by author’s last name

    • Most common method in libraries

    • Usually mixed together with “general fiction”

  • Can be further organized by title OR series


  • Much like romance novels, chick lit has divided into sub-genres to deal with different female experiences . . .

Mommy Lit

Hen Lit

Teen Chick Lit

Guy/Lad Lit


  • Or commonly used plotlines.

Bigger Girl Lit

Single City Girl Lit

Wedding Lit

Working Girl Lit

Here’s where it gets complicated:Chick Lit as a Subgenre

  • In some cases, Chick Lit may be used as a subgenre for another literary genre.




Historical Fiction

Location, location, Location

  • Organizing Chick Lit by its location (either where it was published or its setting)

    • Different regions have different writing styles and themes

British Chick Lit

American Chick Lit

International Chick Lit

How will you Organize YourChick Lit Collection?

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