Thursday, September 13, 2012
Does depression have a place in chick lit? by Louise Wise #wwbb
Depression isn't the most pleasant topic to write about, so combine that with writing a chick lit novel and you have a book set for disaster, surely? My latest release The Fall of the Misanthrope: I bitch therefore I am (Kindle only. Paperback on its way) has its main character suffering with depression. She knows she has problems yet prefers to bury her head in financial reports and work. She can't keep hold of her staff and the only ones left are two old men who probably can't hear her snapping and snarling!
I work in a busy pharmacy so my research for my main character's ailment wasn't too hard to study. It did open my eyes to the illness and of the way some people think it's a case of 'pull yourself together'.
I hope I've written about the subject in a sensitive way. The book remains funny, in classic chick lit style, without resorting to belittling the illness.
Chick lit always get a bashing for frivolous characters and pointless themes, but TRUE readers of the genre know this is untrue. It imparts some very real problems for modern women.
How fragile is the human mind?
Nurture or nature?
What makes us us?
Valerie Anthrope is a cut-throat business woman and happy being alone.
She answers to no-one. She's The Boss.
But enter Ellen in the guise of her fairy godmother wanting to make her
world rosy and smelling of marshmallow. How can Valerie cope with this burst of
sunshine? It gets worse, Ellen has a nephew who's equally chirpy, but he thinks
it's Valerie taking advantage of Ellen and sets out to take her down a peg or
Valerie has other ideas.