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TBR: Just Put them Next to the Others Edition

Ahahaha, The pile is getting larger you guys. I spent last weekend in Toronto. After finding the section of Chick-Lit (which an actual sign and everything) at BMV I had to buy some books! Add those to the books I bought the weekend before that at City Lights and there is actually no space left on my desk.

I’m super excited to read these books! Oh what is that? I have three papers and a midterm to write instead? Ugh. But the pink! The pretty! I’d much rather be reading that.

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Polly Courtney vs. Chick Lit

We all know by know that high-heeled shoes, shopping addictions, and the search for Mr. Right is what most people think about when pondering the much denigrated women’s literature genre, Chick Lit. And this is exactly what British author Polly Courtney does not want her potential readers to think about when they see the cover of her book. That is why, at the launch of her latest novel last month, It’s a Man’s World, Courtney chose to publicly dump her publisher, HarperCollins, for misrepresentation. Courtney claims that the cover art did not accuratly reflect the content of her novel.

“I’m not averse to the term chick lit, but I don’t think that’s what my book is,” Courtney stated in a Guardian.co.uk interview adding that “a lot of chick lit patronizes women.” However, some disagree with her and suggest that Courtney may be suffereing under an illusion about her writing. One such opponenet, Leah of chicklitreivews.com, wrote, “No matter what Polly says, she writes Chick Lit. That’s the long and short of it…What Polly doesn’t realize is that her comments are patronizing. Women aren’t fooled by beautiful pink covers.” Continue reading

“You’re All Going to Hell Anyway” – Something Borrowed

When I read the first chapter of Emily Giffin’s Something Borrowed I was both infuriated and hooked. From the moment Rachel went home with Dex I  knew I wasn’t in the same chick lit realm as so many books before it. Something Borrowed turned out to be a book about how complex relationships can be between women and how the sisterhood we are told is shared between women can be less about empowering the goddess within and instead full of rivalry, inadequacy, and disappointment .

And so knowing that a film adaptation could never live up to my experience of the book, I gripped my movie ticket in one hand and (because I forgot my own) my $4 bottle of water in the other, boldly walked passed the opening day line for Thor and entered the queue-less theatre to watch Something Borrowed starring Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson.

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Wait, Someone Actually RUNS this Blog?

Arguably, it’s not run very well…

Self deprecation aside, what better time to return to blogging than on the eve of the theatrical release of Something Borrowed? Without going into boring, whining, depressing amounts of detail let me just say that the last few months have been tough.  Lots of work, not enough sleep, and too much snow later I feel I am finally emerging as a spring flower. And my excitement for Something Borrowed tomorrow can not be contained!

I decided to pull the super girly thing and talked my significant other into joining me for this movie event.  I’d like to image that he will enjoy himself but it’s difficult to say.  We don’t usually drag each other to our polar opposite movie tastes, instead opting for the films in the middle ground. So I think the experience will be interesting enough… but I’m hoping the movie is gooood!

Other than the movie (which I will review after seeing it) I thought it might to be nice to let you know what is in the pipeline for this blog in the next few months.  I have some reviews coming up for books I have been reading including Feminista.  Additionally, I plan to write a few analysis posts based off of Stephanie Harzewski’s Chick Lit and Postfeminism.

Bitch Lit will also be host to two authors on blog tours in June organized by Samantha at Chick Lit Plus (blog tours).  First Hollywood Ending will be reviewed June 13th followed by a guest post on the 15th by author Lucie Simone! Then on June 27th I will be reviewing Laurel Osterkamp’s Starring in the Movie of my Life.

So keep an eye on this blog.  You can also find Bitch Lit on Facebook now to keep up to date!

“That’s When I Let Love Slip Away”: Something Borrowed Trailer

For the last two weeks I have been so busy with work that I haven’t had a moment to breathe…until yesterday!  Somehow in my sleeping in, enjoying a single day of spring weather before the snow flies again, curry eating, West Wing watching, Spousal Appreciation Day ecstasy, I managed to remember that the trailer for Something Borrowed was released a couple of days ago!

I am both really excited and really nervous about this movie.  I’m afraid that I’m going to be one of “those book people.”  You know, those people that are never happy with the movie adaptation because the book was So. Much. Better!  Since the last 5 years of my life has been taken up with academic reading and very little (read: ZERO) personal reading I feel like I have had little opportunity to be one of “those book people” so this is new to me.  But I’m trying it on and finding that I’m already upset that Ethan (John Krasinski) is living in New York instead of England and that the trailer suggests that Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) has always believed that she gave up the love of her life Dex (Colin Egglesfield) to Darcy (Kate Hudson).

Weirdly enough my reservations about the trailer has made me latch onto the book even more than I did after reading it.  Anyway, all my apprehension aside, I think the movie has potential and looks good.  I have a place in my heart for Darcy and I think there is a delightful mix of bratiness and humanity that will come out of her character in the film.

Something Borrowed is set for release on May 6th, 2011.