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All of the above?
While unintentional, my book in a way is like a ‘sliding doors’ version of my life; how it might have panned out had certain events been different. Also as a friend pointed out, perhaps a bit fantasy based as well.
I think there is a realism to the characters in chick lit. They are not overly perfect so we can relate to them – although their lives may be a slightly better (or worse) version of our own in some ways. Eg might be struggling at work but has a fantastic social life or might not have the male attention she’s after right now but has a fabulous apartment.
I think I like reading and writing chick lit because of both the similarities and differences.