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    • Generally speaking that's the same with me, that's why I was unaware of what chick lit meant. As I buy most of my books from charity shops I generally pick books randomly, if a title grabs my attention or even sometimes the cover will attract me, (yes I'm quite shallow, a pretty picture can draw me to a book!) then I read the blurb and then that is what seals the deal, which is what was so misleading about this book as the blurb made it sound more like a mystery story. Yet having said that other times genre will play a part - for example I will regularly check out releases in the supernatural genre as I do like anything to do with vampires and witches etc. (Which is why I was shocked I had totally missed the All Souls Trilogy), but having said all that  this was a Prime Reading freebie so much like when I'm in the charity shop I rely on titles and pictures to guide me and in this case it was the title that drew me in.      On the other hand though sometimes it will be a more masochistic sense of curiosity for example as in the Stark series I knew from experience that 'that type' of book wasn't generally speaking very good, which colored my opinion  but even after several dire experiences it was my curiosity almost to see how bad it could get was what prompted me to get them and at the beginning I found myself pleasantly surprised, so perhaps even though I too am guilty of judging a book by its genre - in that case I was proved wrong-ish.     
    • No, it doesn't automatically mean it's crap.  That's why you get to choose what you read.  The trouble is, as Madeleine says, lazy marketing and some books get lumped in there that shouldn't be there.  Genre is the last thing I look at when choosing a book, if I look at it at all. 
    • It's the same for historical fiction. A lot of that is of the romantic nature.  Which means that historical naval fiction or historical crime fiction is often miss-filed.
    • Yes unfortunately due to (what I think anyway) lazy marketing a lot of books tend to get lumbered with the "chick lit" label as they have a female protagonist and don't fit into any other obvious genre eg they're not a crime novel.  It's a shame as quite a few good books have probably suffered from this fate. 
    • But surely even if a book meets that particular criteria that doesn't automatically mean its going to be crap?  (admittedly It was in this case) but not all books which have that formula of a female lead and are centred around her life and loves are automatically going to be crap because they are considered chick lit, that's like saying oh its bound to be crap as it's a horror story, psychological thriller etc... Almost sounds a bit snobby, don't you think?   Actually, though i could be accused of having the same prejudice because I debated and delayed posting my review of the Stark Series of books as I thought it would be considered inferior due to the genre those books were in and the bad rep those 'type' of books have.  
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