When I was caught reading a women’s novel, I hesitate and start to make excuses. “Well, it’s for the sake of language practice … You just have to head to somehow unload … Yes, it is such a chewing gum for the brain, but read up a clever book and now we have to make a break.”
If you have heard from me something like, finally telling the truth: Yes, and practice the language and unloading of the head, and the respite between the clever books – it’s all true … But this is only a small part of it. A large is that I love women’s novels … And today, finally decided to give a speech on their behalf.
For a start it would be desirable to clarify the term itself: for your convenience, I will simplify it. Female novel – a novel written by a woman and a woman. Or about women. About eternal female troubles, anxieties, hopes and joys. And these stories are so varied and diverse that sometimes you find them, and the depth of philosophy, and brilliant sparks unexpected humor, and – answers to the most burning questions.
With your permission, I will do the same kind of classification of novels. For convenience, of course.
Let’s start with the fact that there are “standard”, “schematic” women’s novels : he does not seem to pay attention to it, or they can not be together, but they are still together, sex is beautiful, love, too, hallelujah. Brilliantly, this type of novels by Jack London described the eyes (and pen) his hero Martin Eden: “1) the two lovers must be separated; 2) due to some event they are joined again; 3) The ringing of wedding bells. The third element was constant, but the first and second can be varied infinitely. Separated lovers might fatal misunderstanding, coincidence, jealous rivals, violent parents, guardians, and so clever. E., And so on. Etc .; connect them could some valiant act in love or in love, forced or voluntary consent of a guardian, parent or rivals, exposing some unexpected secrets, self-sacrifice in love – and so on, ad infinitum. ”
Does this mean that I am against this kind of books and I want to say here and now a fiery speech that young girls having read … And then look … And that does not happen …? Not at all no. According to my observations (including public transport metropolis), these novels are rarely read by young girls. They are more likely to read the older ladies, and I think I know why …
As a child, we had a fairy tale. When we grew up, came to replace the tales poetry and fantasy, or fantasy, or songs about the most beautiful dreams. As time goes by, we are living, but not all dreams come true, and sometimes so want to believe. And let these simple, unpretentious novels help us dive into the fantasy, let it be a kind of fairy tale. What is wrong is that the adult mentally briefly transferred into a wonderful imaginary world? This vacation, and a source of inspiration for living in reality.
Few other type – Women’s affair with a continuation or (call conditionally) with a new heroine. Such works tirelessly creates a British writer Sophie Kinsella. I confess that when I started to read her first novel about a shopaholic, I do not really understand why I finished reading to the end (though I learned the names of brands, and probably become less dense in this matter, but in this book dignity seemed it was finished). However, followed by other novels in this series, and I continue to buy and read a little embarrassed herself. How is it, after all I am a philologist and a PhD – and such literature? Fie, Matrusova that you allow yourself!
However, he captured the humor – yes, the same British and cute finds and discoveries of how one weakness, though annoying us terribly, does not mean that we have to annoy people: reconciled with one drawback, we will open this wonderful personality traits … infect optimism, lifting his head … relationship with friends and children, and family communication perceived through the prism of “shopaholic” in a new way: sometimes easy, sometimes sincere … and because it is from the book Kinsella was born in the famous Internet meme: “Voobshche the shopping is much better than psychotherapy, but you still remain with the dress. ”
Kinsella also wonders whether a catastrophic mistake at work to destroy life, or it is terrible if your secrets learn all around … And if I have mistakes happen, I think her character Samantha and understand: a life is not over yet (I, philologist, stuck to recall Andrei Bolkonsky and his “no, life is not over the age of 31,” the more that the age appropriate … and here I am reminded of a novel female).
Another type of women’s novel: “female” prose augmented circuitry . “Where the rainbow ends» ( for Where by rainbow ends ) Cecelia Ahern is encouraging and gives strength. It turns out, never too late to start doing what you dreamed of all my life. And never too late to be together: we do not know how many will be happy together, thirty years, or six months … but it is worth to take away at the last six months? The Way to Happiness with a lifetime – sadness, problems, mistakes, philosophy: time to say, do not be afraid to ask … and charming form of epistolary novel with a touch of technology: to replace the notes come mails and correspondence in a chat room.
The dangerous thing – to advise the book to those who endured great loss. And yet I can not but mention Anybody who out there ( «Is there anybody here?” (As far as I know, the Russian language is not translated novel) Irish author Marian Case. A lump in the throat lasts a long time.
“Women’s” prose with a new “point of reference” . Title Allison Pearson translated into Russian, “I do not know how she does it,” but it seems to me more appropriate translation in Serbian: “I do not know how she manages to” (in the original I of don ‘ t the know how of she does IT ). (Even this movie is, but I have not looked). Successful woman trying to combine a career and raising two young children. Yes, my husband too. But there is and the one who seems to be waiting for her whole life? Can you handle this temptation? Can you make the right choice? Can we entrust the children to the nurse? When I read this book, I wanted to cry sometimes. It’s too close, and sometimes too close experiences of the main character. Good and her humor: reflecting on the fact that, despite feminism and alleged gender equality, men continue to evaluate it by how slender her legs, a woman boldly concludes: “Yes, let them stare at my feet. The main thing is that my legs fast enough running around, so I can support myself and my children … ”
Classic Women sisters Bronte novel reflects the realities of grief and suffering, joy and happiness of women of another era and another world … The world has changed and we have changed too. So why not open a touching, taking the soul, and sometimes – a bit clumsy novels of our modern Bronte sisters and not to see yourself in the mirror? You probably should not be a snob.
Women’s novels? Why not.