I've been writing fantasy for, gosh, who knows how long. I want to branch off of that and go into something more modern. No matter how much I adore elves, I'd like to write something more along the lines of "chick-lit." What defines this genre? I've read more than a few, but I'm curious as to everyone else's thoughts. The cliches in chick-lit are, as from what I've seen, as follows: - abuse (usually the man hitting the woman, or of a substance) - single mothers - cheating or other marital problems - rebellious children (usually of the single mother) - man-hating (unfortunately) Those are the few that I can think of at 7am without sleep. I'm not sure if this goes in this forum or not, but it seemed more of a general writing question than anything else. It's not strictly about plot, I don't think it would be considered research in its traditional meaning, and it's not really about character development. But I wouldn't be upset if a mod moved it because I got confused.