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3.0 out of 5 stars Just Another Brit Chick Read, August 26, 2003
This review is from: Elegance: A Novel (Hardcover)
Okay, I was going to swear off Brit Chick Lit. But the premise for this book appealed to me, and the fact that the author is a transplanted Yank gave me hope.
The main character, a transplanted Pittsburgher, is married but frumpy, and then she transforms herself and her life after running across a vintage style manual called "Elegance." The chapter heads, which go from A to Z, detail everything from "accessories" to "jewelry."
It's a cute premise, and some of Tessaro's writing is pithy.
However, this book suffers from the same plot, same lack of surprises and same plodding pace as other across the pond women's books like "Bad Heir Day," "Pride, Prejudice and Jasmine Field," and countless others.
It raises the same question: why can't any one of these authors think of another plot? In a nutshell, this book, and all its clones, has a slightly downtrodden, perhaps overweight or badly dressed heroine.
She starts to dress better/loses weight/gains self-confidence.
She dumps a horrible crush/boyfriend/husband.
She somehow gets out of her dead-end job/parent's house/work rut and achieves fabulous success working for a glossy women's magazine/the Royal Opera House/a hip PR firm.
She always gets some new, handsome boyfriend at the end, and she always ends up fabulously happy.
I'm all for fluff, but I'm sick of reading the same story over and over again. I'm done with Brit Chick Lit
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Initial post: Jun 11, 2009 11:11:23 AM PDT
Hey I see what you mean about Brit Chick Lit. Its all pretty much become run of the mill. But I think people read these sort of things for the comedic trendy aspect of it. These novels were never ment to hail next the great age of literature, so theres no point in looking for the next 'Wuthering Heights' coming out of these novels. They're ment to be the ephemeral pieces of our time as romance novels like we saw in the 80's and 90's aren't really fashionable anymore.

But might I suggest if you are looking for Brit Chick Lit that doesn't follow the generic plot line and actually has some substance to it read 'Camberwell Beauty' by Jenny Eclair. Its a completely different plot line that alot of traditionalist Brit Chick Lit readers actually criticized for its departure from the norm. Excellent read.

Posted on May 5, 2014 5:48:47 AM PDT
I suggest you quit moaning and read literature. You're spoilt for choice.
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