Chick Lit and Food Porn
nbruce writes "â€œChick-lit and food pornâ€? is what Susan Wise Bauer in Books and Culture calls a type of genre, read generally by women about women who are overweight, conflicted about food, and looking for the man of their dreams.
â€œJemima J., a glossy trade paperback with a pair of legs on the cover, is "chick lit," part of a genre spawned by Helen Fielding's megabestseller Bridget Jones's Diary. Chick-lit heroinesâ€”urban twenty- and thirtysomethings searching for loveâ€”are sharp, independent, frustrated working women. The women who buy chick lit, according to British chick-lit author Jenny Colgan, have grown up "with financial independence; with living on our own and having far too many choices about getting married (while watching our baby boomer parents fall apart) â€¦ [with] hauling ourselves up through the glass ceiling." Chick lit readers don't want to entertain themselves with old-fashioned romances starring "women with long blonde hair [who] built up business empires from harsh beginnings using only their extraordinary beauty." They want heroines just like themselves.â€?
"In chick lit, a startling number of carnal liaisons actually take place in restaurants (lobbies, coatrooms, kitchens, andâ€”in one memorable instanceâ€”under the table while the waiter is in the middle of listing the chocolate-and-cream-laden dessert specials). And Bet Me's descriptions of Minerva eating come awfully close to food porn. When Cal takes Minerva to his favorite Italian restaurant and tempts her with carbs, he "broke the bread open and the yeasty warmth rose and filled her senses. â€¦ She closed her eyes and her lips tight, which was useless. â€¦ Cal watched her tear off a piece of the bread and bite into it. 'Oh,' she breathed, and then she chewed it with her eyes shut and pleasure flooding her face. â€¦ Her face flushed." "
What is considered overweight by some of these women is size 10 or 12! Although some do have serious health concerns."