What exactly is women’s fiction?
Posted by Elizabeth Langston Mar 6 2017, 12:01 am
Do you know what women’s fiction is?
Agents and editors seem to be showing more interest in this subgenre. Does it focus on a female protagonist who is dealing with relationship stuff other than romantic? I’m curious to see if it might be a direction for me to grow as a writer, but I’d like to understand exactly what it is first.
Wikipedia says it’s “women centered books that focus on women’s life experience that are marketed to female readers, and includes many mainstream novels.”
Wikipedia goes on to include a 2011 definition from RWA. The cited link no longer works.
“a commercial novel about a woman
on the brink of life change and personal growth.
Her journey details emotional reflection and action
that transforms her and her relationships with others,
and includes a hopeful/upbeat ending
with regard to her romantic relationship.”
I’ve gone back through lists of RITA winners to find some examples. My TBR list now has The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St James, which won the RITA for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements. Is that another way to view women’s fiction?
If you have a good definition for “women’s fiction” or some examples you would recommend, please leave a comment and let us know.