If you read chick lit, (and let’s face it heaps of us do), then you can now hold your head high! The latest award on the Literary front is for Comedy Romance and has been won this year by Lisa Jewell for 31 Dream street. Lisa Jewell is no stranger to Comedy Romance (or Chick Lit genre), and had this to say at the award ceremony:
You feel undervalued when you write the kind of fiction I write,” she said. “So it’s great to have this genre given its own night of appreciation and recognition. To win is just wonderful.
I feel somewhat uneasy by this statement. If an author as prolific and as capable as Lisa Jewell feels undervalued, then what are those of us who read these books supposed to feel?
So hooray for Joanna Trollope, (a judge on this years Romantic Comedy panel) Her blog, “Why I love Chick Lit” sums up pretty well why Chick Lit is so popular.
Comedy romance works for readers because the jokes are underpinned by recognisably real people in recognisably real situations – disappointment, frustration, loneliness, anger, sadness and all the grim old daily human carry-on. In fact, without the gravitas, the jokes wouldn’t work.
So come out from under those duvet covers, and celebrate an award that recognises that chick lit isn’t just froth and nonsense!