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Overbearing, out of touch mothers in chick lit
Lucy Silag - Book Country Director
Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 2:22 PM
Joined: 6/7/2013
Posts: 1359


I'm re-reading Bridget Jones's Diary right now, and it definitely stands up to the test of time. It is just as funny as it was nearly 20 years ago . . . and I have to say, I understand it much better now that I am in my thirties.

 

One thing I am grateful for, however, is how the trope of the overbearing, out-of-touch mother has sort of disappeared from the chick-lit genre. Bridget's mom is hysterical, but IRL none of my friends who are single ever get set up by their moms, and most of the moms I know just want their adult daughters to feel loved, supported, and happy.

 

I thought the mom in Love by the Book, another of our landmark women's fiction titles, was much more realistic!


 

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