What’s Wrong With Women’s Fiction

Bookslut and Mimi Smartypants talk about my two biggest pet peeves with “women’s” fiction:

  1. that walking out on your family somehow makes you a strong woman and
  2. finding a new man heals all the wrongs in your life

The first book I read in book club was a completely horrible novel called Forgive the Moon about a woman who goes to “find herself,” after 20 odd years of marriage and two kids, in the arms of another man, whom she leaves before the book is over! And it is a really short book! I just glanced over the reviews for this book on Amazon and, though not surprised, (after all women buy these kinds of books all the time) I am a bit appalled that most of the reviewers are so accepting of this message. Do “we” all hate our families and current lives so much? Geez, I would rather (and do) read romance novels instead of this… um… stuff. I could blather on, but I think you get my point.

–Jane, forgave nothing

3 thoughts on “What’s Wrong With Women’s Fiction

  • August 15, 2005 at 4:37 pm

    I totally thought of you when I read mimi’s rundown of that awful novel!

  • August 15, 2005 at 5:43 pm

    I agree with your first peeve quite a bit. I would add that often it seems the woman leaves not because the man was…well, bad to put it mildly (abusive, etc.). It seems more often than not these women are “bored” and they go find themselves, but never quite find whatever they went looking for. In case you are wondering, I had to read at least one or two of “those” books for my reader’s advisory. Anyways, I guess, to each reader their book.

  • August 16, 2005 at 2:42 am

    Thank you for clarifying why I hate those books for me! My unease began in 1998 with Pull of the Moon (do we sense a trend?) by Elizabeth Berg. Not recommended. This whole genre has only gotten worse! Plus I keep finding Berg in the “Romance” section of my public library. When I pointed out to the supervisor (a former supervisor of mine) that Berg does not write romance, HE just shrugged and said something like “romance, chick lit, it’s all the same.” Grrr, about all of it!

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