Women Hero Wednesdays

A movement to celebrate women in fiction was trending on Twitter last week. It was called #womeninfiction. The essential question was “what female literary character is your hero and why?” Thousands of people (not just women, because men have female heroes, who knew?) were posting their answers. My personal favorites include Scout from “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Nancy Drew, and Anne Shirley of the “Anne of Green Gables” series.
Women writers and heroines are just as prevalent now as they were back when my favorites were written, maybe even more so. A new genre has even evolved with the sometimes misleading title, “Chick Lit”.
According to Wikipedia (who is to be totally and completely trusted at all times) “Chick lit” is genre fiction which addresses issues of modern womanhood, often humorously and lightheartedly. It typically features a female protagonist whose womanhood is a large theme in the plot. While it’s predominantly women, it’s not just for “chicks”. Quite a few men have been known to enjoy “chick lit”. I guess men like to be amused too, huh?
I have to admit, I was a little bit of an anti-chick lit snob back in the day. To me, it was soap opera writing, with little or no substance. I preferred to torture myself with only classics and literary fiction. That was, until I read some fabulous chick lit (and subsequently was inspired to write it myself). To me, chick lit novels are the sit coms of literature. If it is well written, it not only is entertaining and engaging, we can take away a lesson, a moral, and a point. It can be just as poignant as any literary fiction, with the added bonus of being amusing. I would like to introduce some of my favorite chick lit writers to you, my readers. Many of their characters are women I admire, I wondered who THEIR favorite literary women were. Each Wednesday in April, I will highlight one of my favorite Chick Lit books and their authors so we can all find out what #womeninliterature are their heroes. You can also find my review of their books in the same spot.

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