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Chick Lit Comes in All Different Sizes

As far as I knew, literary characters already came in all different shapes and sizes, but apparently there's a "publishing phenomenon" sweeping America like a fad diet: curvy chick lit characters who fully accept their weight.

The UK Guardian explains that average-sized women want to relate to the heroines they read about — and they don't want the stories to be all about dieting. Titles that fit under the "big chit lit" umbrella include The Wife's Tale, a book about a woman who turns her life around (not by losing weight!) after her universe shrunk "to a well-worn path from the bedroom to the refrigerator," and Last-Minute Proposal, the story of cake-baker Tilly and the man who loves her cozy curves.

Do you think books like these will help women love their bodies more? (And if you're looking for books of any genre to add to your reading list, check out our list of November must reads.)

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chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Those books actually sound pretty entertaining, Spacekatgirl. Maybe I need to give chick lit a chance after all . . .
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
That's my little girl, Maiabelle. I was having trouble sleeping one night while she and I were visiting my parents (who lived a few states away at the time) and started to do situps at like 4 am and she peered down at me from atop the bed with this look like "really? Can't you just try to let me sleep?"
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I guess I've never read too much chick-lit to begin with since I have no clue what it is. I prefer non-fiction or if it's fiction, something based on history like Dorothy Dunnett.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
You know, I'm just not a fat of chick lit. The whole genre seems somewhat condescending to me, as if the assumption is that women are only interested in reading about shopping and wedding planning. I don't think including an overweight main character is going to make people feel better about themselves, but that's just me.
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