As I was looking for information about Women's Fiction, I found this interesting article at Darian Wilk's blog. When I asked permission to share the information, she told me that I needed to ask Ute Carbone since it actually was her article. You will find the link to her site as well below. Ute was very nice and accommodating and was happy to share her article with everyone. So here it is:
Why Read Women's Fiction?
by Ute Carbone
Why Read Women’s Fiction?
I like to read. No surprise there, most writers are readers first. Long ago, at the dawn of my fledgling writing career, I read an adage: “Write what you like to read.” It’s a good bit of advice. I read a lot of different things. But the books that make my heart go pitter pat, the ones I really love are best categorized as women’s fiction. And, no surprise here either, that’s what I write.
There are more categories of books than you can shake a library card at; young adult and paranormal and historical. Crime thrillers and horror and steampunk. And that’s just the beginning. Most readers I know don’t really care too much about the fine details of categorization. Sure, they know what a romance is or a mystery. But women’s fiction, well, that’s a little tougher to nail down. Lots of readers don’t know exactly what it is.
Women’s fiction is the circus tent of terms. Lots of things fit into this tent. Chick lit, the kind of light funny stuff that often gabs about shopping and dating (think Bridget Jones or Shopaholic) are women’s fiction. It’s what readers most often think of when the term ‘women’s fiction’ starts getting bandied about. But women’s fiction isn’t just funny girls buying shoes and agonizing over their weight while waiting for the right guy to come along. It includes books by Elizabeth Berg and Luanne Rice. It embodies classic writers like Jane Austen and Emily Bronte and literary writers like Alice Walker and Isabelle Allende. A big tent indeed.
So what, exactly, is women’s fiction?
First and foremost, women’s fiction is about the things that women typically care about; personal drama, the sort of issues that face ordinary people. Marriage and children, illness, separation, friendships, these are the subjects of women’s fiction.
Women’s fiction is not romance. Happily ever after is beside the point. The characters aren’t alpha males or drop dead gorgeous supermodels. They are regular people with warts and bad habits. People with struggles and barriers to overcome. Love relationships can be part of the drama, but they aren’t necessary. Women’s fiction runs wild and has no use for formula. Bad things can happen; children and spouses die, marriages fail, and careers don’t work out as planned. Things are not tied into a neat package with a bow at the end.
But always, women’s fiction is about rising, about learning to swim in deep water and learning to fly without wings. It’s about ordinary people and their extraordinary lives. Champions all, these women live and breathe on the page, they embody the story of our own lives. I love this kind of story, how about you?
I began writing as a poet and have had a number of poems published in small press magazines and anthologies. My work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in such publications as Comstock Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, andBellowing Ark. I taught first-draft writing workshops for about twelve years and keep afan page based on the workshops. I have a short story due out in the “Words on Fire Anthology” by Nemesis Publishing, later this year. My women’s literary novel,Blueberry Truth (available on Amazon), was published as an e-book by Etopia Press in August of this year. The P-town Queen, a romantic comedy, will be released by Champagne Press in June 2012. I have a webpage, a blog, and can be followed on twitter
Here is the link to Darian Wilk's blog and you can also find her on Goodreads. Darian Wilk
Here is the link to Ute Carbone's site who actually wrote the above article: Ute Carbone
Below are the books written by Darian Wilk.
Below are the book written by Ute Carbone.
Until Next time, keep curling up with a good book...