Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What is Women's Fiction?

photo from salon.com
I once posted this: Women's fiction is that which is written with female readers in mind. It's about the protagonist's journey through a story, about her growth, and her [experience].
This is what I tell people, too, when they ask what I write, but I've been finding that, for some, this explanation of the wide-spanning category isn't enough. They want it broken down further.
Wikipedia defines women's fiction as an umbrella term for a wide-ranging collection of literary sub-genres that are marketed to female readers, including many mainstream novels, romantic fiction, "chick lit," and other sub genres.
Better. Clearer. I'll have to remember this.
Whether you write it or read it, how would you describe to others what, exactly, women's fiction is? What types of books does the term include for you?


Joy said...

A narrative born out of a woman's imagination, penned by a woman.Fiction by a woman, about a woman/women, for women, but not restricted to them.It is representative of a woman in all dimensions, aspects and tones..Black, white and greys...blues, pinks, lavender, burgundy..........

Janna Leadbetter said...

Great answer, Joy!

Anonymous said...

I like Khushi's answer. Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone has a female protagonist. When reading I was surprised by his insight into how women think! So women's fiction is not restricted to female authors, and vice versa.

septembermom said...

khushi's answer says so much. a woman in all dimensions, aspects and tones...wonderfully stated.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Yeah, I've heard that chick-lit is now being called women's fiction--or at least under that umbrella.
I would say that's about right. But I would define it like you. I always felt the MC should be on some sort of journey or character growth.

Jewel Allen said...

I'm still trying to figure this out myself! I just know that most of the books I love to read are considered women's fiction. They usually provoke a strong emotion in me, where I recognize my own struggles in the MC's. There - a stab at the definition!

PS Love your new layout by the way, and your photo is gorgeous!

the domestic fringe said...

A chick flick in print?

P.S. Today is Fiction Friday. Hope you'll join us!

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