Chick Lit has always been around in one form or another and New York Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani has a few well-chosen things to say about the state of the genre in 2006. She talks about how, in times past, this type of book was written by Edith Wharton or Truman Capote or F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Now we have The Gossip Girls.
Kakutani says that the current crop of chick lit novels positively wallow in name-dropping, pricetag-dropping, and opulent lifestyle voyeurism, where once novels of this type keenly observed morals and mores of the times, with the sharpness of Tom Wolfe's eye.
She reviews two new examples of this type book: Academy X by Andrew Trees, and Glamorous Disasters by Eliot Schrefer. She finds that while there are glimmers of social observation in both books, for the most part it's all pretty fluffy.
I'm lucky enough to have a long weekend getaway planned. And yes, it's only Wednesday! I'll be back next Monday.