4.26.2004

Since the Cupcake blog was literally born yesterday, everything is newsworthy to us, even if it was posted more than ten minutes ago. Here's an excellent piece by Girls! Girls! Girls! author Claire Zulkey on chick lit:

Enter any bookstore and it’s right there near the door, possibly so we can save time and go right back to shopping or sipping Cosmopolitans. It’s the FemBook Table. You’d recognize it from a mile away, as the primary color on the FemBook Table is bright, scorching hot pink. These are books penned by authors who want to jump on the Bridget Jones’ Diary, 4 Blondes, Good in Bed, The Devil Wears Prada, Nanny Diaries bandwagon. These books are juicy, flirty, guilty pleasures and while some are not bad, the rest I can only assume (that’s right, I haven’t read them all) are of knockoff quality. While books are books and you can only say so much bad stuff about the written word, it is a little disturbing that what are essentially magazines or “Sex and the City” are making it into book form. It’s more disturbing that authors are making money off these whereas most of the female I writers I know are still toiling at day jobs.

So, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, I say. Below you’ll find an excerpt from my upcoming FemBook. How hard can it be? And you lady readers, I’d like you to send some in, too. A sentence, a paragraph, a chapter, what have you, and we’ll run them next week. Send your submission to me with the subject line reading “Pink Cover.” We’re all going to be millionaires. See you at Jimmy Choo’s!


You can read Claire's hilarious parody here.

Here's a link to a review of her (non-Fem, and fabulous) book at Bookslut, another highly recommended site.

-Lauren

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