05 December 2007

On Genres

If Jane Austen were writing today, would she be considered chick lit?

6 comments:

L.L. Barkat said...

Was she then? (As in, who was reading that stuff anyway?)

Jenn said...

I have been operating under this hypothesis for some time now.

Pamela said...

trying to figure this one out gave me a headache. She was bold for her time. What would bold for her time mean now?

Jenny said...

Don't make my brain hurt this early in the morning! Don't know. Would chick lit been accepted back then?

Heather said...

I ask because I adore Jane Austen.
But I don't really read chick lit. Or today's chick lit, if Austen's chick lit.

Christianne said...

Cool question. I say no. That's because chick lit seems to be about tragically hip heroines, whereas Jane Austen's heroines were misnomers in her day (as in, generally odd, though we -- being somewhat odd ladies out of the ordinary ourselves -- find them gosh darn amazing).

Hey, Jennwith2ns, that makes me wonder if you mean you've given yourself license to read chick lit these days because, hey, Jane Austen would have written it?