I'd often come across the term "chick-lit" during my BA literature days. Never gave it a second thought and never knew that I would begin to like them or rather get hooked to them. Never mind.
Chick-lit basically refers to literature meant for chicks or to be more precise its women's fiction written for and marketed for young women(especially single) .The protagonist in these books are mostly young, stylish, career oriented women who end up doing crazy things in order to fulfil/achieve their equally crazy passions. Any young girl who reads it will definitely ask for more cause it’s fun-filled and surprisingly interesting.
Becky Bloomwood made me smile, chuckle, LAUGH and yes she did make me think too. God, she's hilarious!! Oh yeah let me introduce her....Becky is the "out-of-this-world" character of Sophie Kinsella's "Shopaholic" series who's crazy about shopping; also buying stuff she doesn't need at all. This "sickness" of hers leads her to a hell lot of troubles out of which she manages to escape by the end of the book.Sophie Kinsella is one popular chick-lit author who also writes under the name of Madeleine Wickham. Kinsella worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. Also noticeably Becky Bloomwood, her character is a financial journalist too unable to manage her own finances.
Chick-lit has also managed to leave its indelible mark on Indian literature as well. Advaita Kala's "Almost Single" took me by surprise; absolutely fresh and entertaining. Yes it does lack a certain kind of depth and is wickedly irrelevant but it certainly does manage to capture your attention. The story revolves around Aisha Bhatia, a guest relations officer by profession who hates her boss, loves being with her buddies and is single.
Chick-lits are meant to be and will remain to be, having been accepted by literature as a whole genre in itself.