Monday, June 13, 2005

C---k L-t

Although I very much want standby bert to be Your Global Happy Place, every now and then I just might have to rant about something and today is that day, so I’ll try to keep it brief. There are two words in the English language I can no longer bear to hear side by side and as god is my witness this will be the last time I will type them on the same page together, much less say them out loud if at all possible, and they are: chick and lit. (“Don’t say ‘nest,’ don’t say ‘egg’…”) I don’t know what to say about it, I’m tired of the debate about it (a google search brings up 276,000 pages!), I don’t care what it means, I don’t care what it is, I don’t care if you like it or if you don’t, I don’t care if you think it’s an insult or a compliment, I don’t care if you think I write it or I don’t. My personal feeling is that it’s a box, plain and simple. I want to go back to a time when sentences on a page were called literature. Where the suckiest sentences ever written are called literature (I’m starting to think even “fiction” and “non-fiction” are almost too specific anymore), where actual readers decide what sucks and what doesn’t suck and whether something fits in a box or it doesn’t. Sigh. I promise your global happy place will be back in regular form next time, but for now, and for the love of god, let’s talk about something else. We do have a war going on. (I’m not saying we have to talk about that either, because there are probably nine million google pages where you might get something more profound than my entire opinion on it, which is: “War: It’s bad and wrong.” All I’m saying is, please, let me just get back to talking about Federline in peace.)

8 comments:

Josh said...

"Say it! Say it! Say 'I lost the chick lit'. Go on, say it!"

B said...

I consider your blog Global Happy Place at all times because I like how you can vent and maintain your Federline addiction at the same time. That is a genre all on its own!

Teodoro Callate said...

Let 'er rip, Betsy!

I am feeling VERY happy right now. Thanks to this post. In a very global way.

Elizabeth Crane said...

Thanks, Byron, I like to think so! Thanks to you too, Ted! I feel better already.

Elizabeth Crane said...

All due props to Erika, I shall herein amend my c---k l-t post to state that the term can be used to discuss literature about baby fowl.

DAM said...

Wow, this one totally went over my head. I thought you were talking about a spoonerism I have been known to exclaim. Guess that reveals where my mind goes.

Maia said...

Elizabeth,

Thank you for your comment on my blog and for directing me towards yours, I will be sure to check it out.

I interpreted your statement to mean that CL does include any work with a single female protagonist. In rereading the roundtable, I still get the same impression, although your comments to me are very succinct. Had I understood the correct meaning of your words, I would not have quoted you at all, so I am quite sorry for dragging you into a situation where we seem to agree :)

My apologies for any offence I might have caused with regards to your name - none was meant.

Maia

Betsy said...

Maia - that's cool. I would never have realized my word weren't clear enough if you hadn't written that, so was glad to have a chance to amend them. No offense taken about the Liz. :)