dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #755
hallieod at indigo.ie
Sun Dec 7 16:54:29 EST 2003
>This is true. Hallie does not, to my knowledge, read chick-lit for
Yeah well, come on, we don't any of us read any books for *pleasure*,
do we? :-)
I doubt we're likely to get into the kind of sticky areas while
talking chick-lit we entered over definitions of urban fantasy (just
saw 'fae-punk' or something like that as an alternative, which I
quite liked), so I can throw out names of authors I read with great
pleasure, like Janet Evanovich and Sarah Bird. JE could be
classified as mystery, but I don't think I'd seriously try it, and
Sarah Bird's _The Boyfriend School_ has got to be chick-lit, right?
Possibly pre-dating the term, but recently re-published -yay!
> > And now said author would be the 'more prestigious' in most
>> comparisons, I'd bet, being on her third bestseller.
>Dunno about that; Patricia Scanlan has more bestsellers than that under her
>belt, has not stopped writing (AFAIK), and is a much better writer.
I only said 'most' comparisons (and said nothing about writing
ability) - don't think they'd shuffle Maeve Binchy into second place
in her favour either!
> > And if anyone wants pain, I'll inflict an Irish chick-lit book on
>> him/her/them which (from the 3 or so pages I read, at least) will
>> make the one Dorian describes seem like the height of literary
>> fiction! (Bought at Oxfam in a very feeble-minded moment, for
>The mind boggles! I think you'd better lend it to me!
You got it! And may you get much pleasure from splendid bits of
dialogue like this: 'A few of us haff been putting away, Eileen. Not
much, just a few pennies every week - dat what wheef saved from your
Gloria being cheaper dan anyone else.' (From the hearts-of-gold
women of 'De Flats', aka Ballymun); and: 'Door-ling - Gloor-ia may
be from the rawng side of the tracks - but just look whort she did
with my high-lights!' (big shock here - from the 'Foxrock-Fanny set'
who are all - gasp - 'terrible snobs' - *so* glad that was explained,
as everyone would doubtless be unable to guess that from the dialogue
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