Chat thread - come chat, rant, or celebrate, here!

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With thanks to the lovely timetosmile - here's the new and rejuvenated Chat Thread.

Space to yak on, rant, post any of the good and bad stuff ... just basically any chat that you don't feel fits into a specific post. With a side order of reclaiming the word 'gossip'.

loopcoffee Fri 11-Oct-13 08:56:50

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Thanks. smile

UptoapointLordCopper Mon 07-Oct-13 20:09:28

The pub thread? I'll go over to have a look!

Oh, I am exhaustively educated on conkers right now.

But assuming you're not two and a half, I shall perhaps try something else! grin

PenguinsDontEatPancakes Mon 07-Oct-13 16:27:39

Good idea LRD. Now inspire us with something to chat about. I'm all out of conversation material unless you want to talk conkers grin

Would people here mind if I started a new chat thread? I was just thinking that, given there's a big thread in AIBU about the FWR topic, it might be nice to have a new one that people would feel more able to jump into without reading 400 posts, and the rest of us could just carry on?

I will start it if no-one objects, but let me know if you think I am being rude or out of line.

UptoapointLordCopper Sun 29-Sep-13 16:18:32

Am OK, thank you. Usual setback/disillusionment/disappointment/outrage you get as a feminist. But it ain't over till the neither-fat-nor-thin woman sings, and she can't sing. wink

ModeratelyObvious Sat 28-Sep-13 23:53:28

How are you, LC?

UptoapointLordCopper Fri 27-Sep-13 22:14:21

Thank you. I've had a couple of wine. << hic >> Lightweight these days.

ModeratelyObvious Fri 27-Sep-13 21:31:48

<passes whisky honey and lemon>

UptoapointLordCopper Fri 27-Sep-13 20:27:22

Can't give details. Suffice to say that I'm exhausted, and shouted at my kids (though for good reasons but I could have handled it differently) and it's just going to get worse till Christmas.

I do need a drink, but I have a sore throat now from shouting. sad

ModeratelyObvious Fri 27-Sep-13 19:09:34

Rant away or drink away!

UptoapointLordCopper Fri 27-Sep-13 18:24:55

Bump!

Are we still ranting and chatting? I have a lot I want to rant about but it might out me. sad

So this is a pointless post after all! I might just have a wine.

ModeratelyObvious Mon 16-Sep-13 01:00:52

Sometimes I just want to give up and stockpile the Bombay Sapphire.

ModeratelyObvious Mon 16-Sep-13 01:00:18

There's another one about interviewing for a job whilst pregnant too.

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CaptChaos Mon 16-Sep-13 00:44:26

I made the mistake of going to have a look Moderately

Poor namechange and her family. Yet people still arguing for the names of accused rapists to be sacrosanct.

I do wonder whether society will ever give a shit about victims of rape? sad

ModeratelyObvious Mon 16-Sep-13 00:17:33

Can somebody press the "HIDE AIBU" button for me then get me a large gin?

UptoapointLordCopper Tue 13-Aug-13 19:04:39

The thing that pisses me off so much about The Gift (DON'T READ IT) is the "you will never read anything more profound that this" hype. I'd give it F-- if I have to mark it. grin (Sorry, in dissertation marking mode already.) Lots of modern art does this too - like the "artist" is the first person ever to think about the ephemeral ethereal whatever quality of life/light/canvas/colour etc. So patronising. (Sorry, recovering from a trip to the Tate Modern - don't get me wrong. I enjoyed it. It's fun. But enough patronising already.)

I guess I'm thinking of chick-lit as something quite light (but not rubbish), but not quite specifically romantic fiction. Hmm. Must think about what I mean and what I expect.

Woodhead Tue 13-Aug-13 18:46:08

I thought "chick lit" was specifically modern romantic fiction with female protagonist.

If it's wider than that (female writer + female protagonist), I like Maggie O'Farrell (After you'd gone/Vanishing act of Esme Lennox) and Sally Vickers (Miss Garnet's Angel/The other side of you).

AlpacaLunchYoubringyourbooster Tue 13-Aug-13 16:26:37

I don't read a lot of chick lit but I occasionally pick up a Dorothy Koomson when on holiday with my DSM - They have been consistently good, my favorite was My Best Friends Girl. DSM loves Marian so they may be a good recommendation for her fans.

LRDYaDumayuShtoTiKrasiviy Tue 13-Aug-13 13:11:26

I don't know of one. I tend to think it gets used to mean 'written by a woman, has a pink cover, main character is female, and is not Conspicuously Literary or patently of another genre (crime etc.)'. I think Carol Shields is fantastic. I just read that when she started out, she got pigeonholed. She certainly writes a fictionalized account of a woman writer getting pigeonholed/pushed to focus on male characters not female ones.

Anyway, I got sidetracked and looked at the list of Booker winners. I'm sure it's been done before, but:

2012 - By a woman, main character man
2011 - By a man, main character man
2010 - By a man, main character man.
2009 - By a woman, main character man
2008 - By a man, main character man
2007 - By a woman, woman narrator.
2006 - By a woman, two main characters, male and female
2005 - By a man, narrator man
2004 - By a man, main character man
2003 - By a man, main character man
2002 - By a man, main character male
2001 - By a man, main character man
2000 - By a woman, main characters women.
1999 - By a man, about a man. Nobel prize for literature.
1998 - By a man, main characters men.
1997 - By a woman, two main characters, male and female
1996 - By a man, main characters men
1995 - By a woman, main characters men.
1994 - By a man, man character man
1993 - By a man, main character male
1992 - two winners, both men. All protagonists male IMO.*
1991 - By a man, narrator male
1990 - By a woman, two main characters, male and female (?)
1989 - By a man, main character male
1988 - By a man, two main characters, male and female
1987 - By a woman, main character woman.
1986 - By a man, main character man
1985 - By a woman, main character woman
1984 - By a woman, main character woman.
1983 - By a man, main character man
1982 - By a man, main character man
1981 - By a man, main character man
1980 - By a man, main character man
1979 - By a woman, main character woman
1978 - By a woman, main character man
1977 - By a man, main character woman
1976 - By a man, main character man
1975 - By a woman, main character woman
1974 - two winners, male and female. Both protagonists male.
1973 - By a man, main characters men
1972 - By a man, main character man
1971 - By a man, main character man.
1970 - By a man, main character man (Awarded 2010)
1969 - By a woman, main character man
1968 - By a man, main character man.

The Gathering in 2007 was an outside bet to win, and it is narrated by a woman but centred on her brother's death (I know, you could argue Cromwell is narrating Anne Boleyn's fall in Bring Up the Bodies, but I wouldn't choose to do so).

The Blind Assassin in 2000 includes a novel-within-a-novel which is by a woman about a man.

Both Mantel's books (2012, 2009), and Pat Barker's (1995) are about historical men caught up in important historical events, which I think is relevant.

*Ondaatje gets points for an ensemble cast that includes Hannah, but I reckon Kip and Almasy are the main characters.

The Bone People (1985), though I love the writing, is essentially about how loveable men who commit DV on children can be. So not a total, like, victory for womankind.

UptoapointLordCopper Tue 13-Aug-13 09:01:50

Is there a definition of chick-lit?

TheDoctrineOfJetlag Tue 13-Aug-13 06:30:21

Shields as chick lit? Crikey! Doesn't Lionel Shriver get shiny packaged in some countries?

LordCopper, "You Had Me At Hello" by Mhairi MacFarlane is romance focussed but funny with it.

LRD, have you read Elizabeth Noble?

TheDoctrineOfJetlag Tue 13-Aug-13 06:26:33

Victoria Hislop isn't chick lit, is she? I haven't read The Returned but I liked The Island, which was about an old colony for people with leprosy.

LRDYaDumayuShtoTiKrasiviy Mon 12-Aug-13 23:13:15

Oh, of course - I didn't imagine that was your objection. I just meant, that's how I came to chick-lit, so my recommendation of Shields is an odd one really.

I think, though, if you don't like how she writes about depression, she may just not be the writer for you, because I think that's her style. She's a recovered alcoholic and has/used to have depression, and I think she's totally sincere, but writes about it like that because that's what works for her.

Anyway, night. smile

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