Women's Fiction Genre

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I think by nature writers are jealous. There’s only so much shelf space at the front of the bookstore. DISCOVER ME
I’m a writer of romantic comedy, drinker of champagne, baker of cakes and eater of chocolate. DISCOVER ME
I have a quote by Picasso beside my desk: If you know exactly what you are going to do, what is the point of doing it? DISCOVER ME
As soon as I have an idea for a book, I get so excited I want to see it all written out in glorious technicolour. Now! DISCOVER ME
People are fond of making comparisons between writing a book and giving birth. The analogy is supposed to centre around the nine months and the pushing and the wonder of creation at the end of it. DISCOVER ME
Literature is a kind of alchemy: turning lead into gold. Or at least that's the ambition. DISCOVER ME
Magic in fiction is a long tradition, one of the reasons we like fables and fairy tales is that they’re emotionally true, and page-turners at the same time. DISCOVER ME
Even if you love writing, there will be times when you just don't feel like doing it, but it's only through sheer will power and sometimes forced-motivation that you sit at that computer and suffer through the dry spells. DISCOVER ME
I write exactly the same way I speak. I speak quickly and I write quickly, without many flourishes (or punctuation marks!). DISCOVER ME
Everybody feels love for something or someone so I like that to be reflected in my writing. All books are written about relationships and love of some kind. DISCOVER ME
My favorite book is always the one I am writing. I believe that is because I try to forget a book and what's in it as soon as I finish. In that way, I am less likely to repeat myself. DISCOVER ME
Writing is never easy. It is like once you quit exercising – you feel like a melting candle. I am a pretty down-to-earth person, so I try to keep it all in perspective. DISCOVER ME
I draw quite a bit from my own experience in all my novels. Although I employ comedic exaggeration, all the situations, all the people in my books have a core of reality. DISCOVER ME
Chick Lit has a wider appeal because the women that come to these titles are looking for an emotional experience, and we give them a story that carries them away from the line at the bank or the doctor's waiting room and dammit, I'm proud of that. DISCOVER ME
I write novels because I wish I was a magician. DISCOVER ME
I get ideas from everywhere and anywhere - a film, a snippet of conversation, a story that friends have told me, a TV programme. DISCOVER ME
My books are heavy on the plot side, so if I didn’t have a very clear idea of where I was going with it, I could end up writing myself into a complete muddle. DISCOVER ME
I’m a five pages per day writer. When I’m starting a book, those five pages are a struggle. DISCOVER ME
I wanted to be a ballerina, but at about eight years old I realised I was going to be too tall, so I settled for literature. This way I get to eat more cake. DISCOVER ME
I used to love Kick boxing. Now I am a little older I think I'll try out something more suitable for my age...maybe Zumba or Pole dancing! DISCOVER ME

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Brief definition of the Women's Fiction Genre

In this brief definition of the Women’s Fiction Genre, the first thing that is apparent is the common knowledge within the publishing industry that women constitute the biggest book-buying segment. Good women's commercial fiction usually touches the reader in ways other fiction cannot.

Relationship stories, generational sagas, love stories and women's commercial fiction must touch on subjects women can relate to in their real lives. Put another way: Women's fiction taps into the hopes, fears, dreams and even secret fantasies of women today.

Women's fiction is a wide-ranging literary genre that includes various types of novels that generally appeal more to women than men. They are usually written by women, are addressed to women, and tell one particular story about women. The genre description is an umbrella term that covers mainstream novels, romantic fiction, Chick lit and other sub-genres.

While the subject of Romantic Fiction genre has been discussed on the romantic fiction section of this site, it is also important to realise that it is clear the romance genre is a staple of women's fiction. The romance market is serious business, producing serious revenues, by serious women.

There are similarities between women's fiction and romance, but also distinct differences. While many of the publishers may be the same for both genres, editors are looking for the key elements that make for compelling women's fiction. The romantic novel is sometimes known as " women's fiction ". A light hearted or acerbic version with a heroine in her twenties or early thirties is sometimes called "chick lit".

Chick Lit’ Genre

Chick Literature, called “Chick Lit” is a genre description disliked by some people. However one thing is for certain: love or hate the term, chick lit continues to find an audience and is growing at an incredible rate. These novels written by women, for women may be dismissed as frivolous, but their immense popularity proves that they have tapped into a cultural tension.

Within the framework of Chick-lit, the sub-genre which has proved most successful is the column-turned-novel. The two best known in the sub-genre (or super-genre) are Bridget Jones’s Diary (1996) and Sex and the City (1997).

It was Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary, published in the UK in 1996 that marked the arrival of 'chick lit'. It was only 271 pages long but unleashed a battalion of Bridget’s, launching one of the biggest tidal waves in publishing history and launched a flurry of manuscripts that could bury a small nation in typescript. The phrase now appears in the Oxford Dictionary.

Why are women buying the brightly coloured novels by the millions?

Whether the covers are pink or black, have pastel-coloured dust jackets bearing whimsically retro images of cocktail glasses, trendy purses, and spiky heels, authors believe the genre has a viable future because story lines and characters mirror society. The books are fun. They are realistic. The characters are recognizable, often featuring a contemporary heroine that women of today can relate to. Often the protagonists are addressing an issue of today or even ‘the modern female experience’, whether that is single life, married life, office politics, playground politics or all of the above. The term 'romantic comedy' or 'wit lit,' might even be used?


The genre has captured the spirit of the times among young women and its popularity reaches a wide audience. In the future, chick lit could serve as a genre that discusses women's issues, prompting its readers to question gender roles, consumerism, and the global status of women.

A lot of people are still worried about the influence of the popular genre of fiction known as 'chick lit.' This combination of humour, great characters (both main and secondary), fun plot, and an instant association with the main character are a proven hit formula. Chick lit, for better or worse, is here to stay. Some of the books are indelibly etched into popular culture and the genre will continue to evolve and change as both the writers and readers grow.