Sloane Crosley on Chick Lit
Sloane Crosley, assoc. dir. of Publicity at Vintage and Anchor Books, talks about the importance of substance.
Question: Is the term chicklit offensive?
Sloane Crosley: I think it’s misleading. I think there are people that want to write
chicklit and it’s misleading on both ends. It’s misleading for people who hate it; I don’t
think they quite know what they’re talking about when they say they hate it because it’s
become such a huge genre that it’s impossible to pinpoint what exactly chicklit is. And
then there are people who talk about wanting to become chicklit writers. And I think,
“Well, what does that mean? You want to become plum sites?” More chickie? Less
chickie? More fashion? Less fashion? It’s all just a big knob that you have to turn and
it’s a big pink knob that I do try to avoid, not because I’m grossed out by it, but because
it’s just not me and I don’t understand it.
I think my biggest fear in labeling this chicklit is that someone would pick it up expecting
one thing and be disappointed by it. If people read a review that I feel is really accurate
and get it and then hate it, well that’s their right. It’s also their right to return the book.
But if they were misled by a sort of kind of marketing scheme that seems unfair to
Question: Are you looking forward to turning 30?
Sloane Crosley: I am looking forward to turning 30 because I feel like I've spent all 29
kind of prepared for it. I’m excited to be like the base level of a decade again and to feel
-- this is my theory, is that I’ll feel like a little bit younger at 30 than I will at 29 because I
won’t be saying goodbye to something.
And because I feel like, while I’m no longer youngest kid in the room, I feel like a lot of
people have that experience of being 24 to 26, going to a party and realizing that maybe
everyone’s a little bit older and everyone’s like constantly telling you how young you are
or you're just a baby, don't worry about it.
I don't have that anymore. I’m no longer the youngest kid in the room, but it’s kind of
nice. I don't know if I’d want to be that person, but yeah, I’m looking forward to turning
30. I’ll actually be turning 30 in Alaska. That’s where I’m going to turn 30. That’s
where the magic elves come out and they ordain you 30 years old and fully grown.
I’m going to a wedding of a friend who is in Alaska. I’m actually in the wedding. She
took a great leap of faith after reading the wedding essay in the book, which is rather
vicious and asked me to be in her wedding and it’s actually to be totally hokey about it,
but really a great experience and she wants me to do things for her. I suddenly feel that
urge to do all of those sort of girlish things that I had sort of should in the past. I want to
be there for her. I want to fold cards and make origami napkins. It’s just this weird
desire. It’s like -- I don't know, my origami napkin is ticking. It’s amazing.
Sloane Crosley on Chick Lit
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