This was the first volume of its kind to examine the chick lit phenomenon from a variety of angles, accounting for both its popularity and the intense reactions – positive and negative – it has provoked.

My chapter was titled, ‘No Satisfaction: Sex and the City, Run Catch Kiss and the Conflict of Desires in Chick Lit’s new heroines’ and was inspired in part by my experience of working as a fiction editor at Simon & Schuster in the 1990s. 

The book explores the characteristics that cause readers to attach the moniker ‘chick’ to a particular book and consider what, if anything, distinguishes the category of chick lit from the works of Jane Austen at one end and Harlequin romance novels at the other.

It critiques the genre from a range of critical perspectives, considering its conflicted relationship with feminism and postfeminism, heterosexual romance, body image, and consumerism. 

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