What’s the male counterpart to chick lit?
I want the name of the genre for lighthearted, humorous books with a modern, romantic twist written by men for men. If there isn’t one, there should be.
Why? To level the playing field.
I detest the word chick. I find it demeaning, derogatory and degrading. Who came up with the term chick lit? (Feel free to clue me in.) They couldn’t come up with a nicer name? No, probably not one that rhymed—sort of. I’d rather be called a bitch than a chick. At least bitch sounds smart.
(Disclaimer: I have nothing against chick lit books, writers or the people who read chick lit. They are immensely popular among females. I’m female, but apparently an abnormal one. Just ask my husband.)
At least I don’t think I’ve read a book that’s considered chick lit. Let me double check the books on my desk: Medical Dictionary, 1000 Voices, Webster’s Dictionary of Quotations, Horticulture as Therapy, Horticultural Therapy Methods, the Southern Living Garden Book, Reading Lolita in Tehran, 2011 Writer’s Market, 1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die and Peace Like a River. Nope. Definitely abnormal.
Back to my man genre name issue.
What about Hunk Junk? Nah, we already have that: porn.
Boy Lit? Uh-uh. Too much like high teenagers.
Dude Food. As in food for the brain? Not a good fit. This genre is not meant to be intellectually stimulating.
I’m stumped. I’m going to take a look at my husband’s bookshelf for inspiration. The books lined up on his desk are: Building Findable Websites, Mastering CSS with Dreamweaver, PHP Solutions, My SQL, Joomla!, PHP & MySQL, Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP and Compost.
I don’t know what my husband’s reading but it’s not lighthearted, humorous or romantic. These books are written by men for men (mostly.) I am relieved RJ has that composting book to broaden his horizon.
Perhaps there isn’t a need for a male version of chick lit. Who would read it besides women? There certainly isn’t a need in my house. The only male genre necessary here is Man Tech.
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