So last week I was looking for a novel that is representative of the category of commercial women’s fiction. During one of our morning meetings we actually had a lively discussion about what constitutes this kind of book. Is it romance? Does it include women’s psychological suspense? What about certain kinds of mysteries and thrillers?
Are literary women’s novels included in this category? Can women’s fiction be written by men or must these novels only be written by women? Are these books published in mass market or are they hardcover and trade paperbacks?
I just found this website which does help to define the category. Here, the definition is quite clear, really: women’s fiction includes various types of novels that generally appeal more to women than to men.
Using this definition, I did select a book to read for our company book club. I wonder though what you think. How would you define “commercial women’s fiction”?