Women’s Fiction VS. Chick Lit

I write romance, but I wanted to see if I fall under any other categories as well. I researched women’s fiction and chick lit (from all the websites I looked through, they all pretty much said the same thing).

Women’s Fiction

Women’s fiction deals with issues of family, birth, death, sex, money, love, careers, men, motherhood, aging, etc.  It’s aimed for a female readership.  The novels require the female characters to overcome personal and external adversity–meaning strong, female main characters often have crossroads in their lives.  She has meaningful relationships with her family, friends, co-workers, and/or lovers.

With women’s fiction, it’s not required to attach the main female character with a significant other.  If romance is involved, love scenes don’t have to be written on the pages; it can be implied that it happened off scene.  Since love isn’t the main interest of the book, it doesn’t have to end with a traditionally, happy ending (like marriage or a long-term commitment agreement).  As long as it ends in a satisfying way to the female character, that’s all that matters.

  • I think I fall under this as well because most of my main characters are female, who are independent.  I like to balance my stories with tension from her work like, friendly arguments, etc.  I don’t like to just spend time on her romantic relationship.  If she’s having second doubts about a career choice, then I want her to decide on her own what to do.  I don’t want it to be she can’t make a decision unless her lover agrees with it. 

Chick Lit

Chick lit often includes love and relationships.  It shows the main female character struggling with men, friends and family, own sense of self, but it’s written in a light-hearted way.  The novels are usually fun, down to earth, quirky, and entertaining while narrating women’s dating issues, career mishaps, or inner-conflict within herself.

  • Never say never, but I couldn’t see myself writing under this category.  Most of my stories are dramas, so I don’t see anyone laughing through my novels.  But, it would definitely be fun to try chick-lit–just to see if I could do it.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby