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Why We Choose a Certain Genre When We Write
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Nino Gugunishvili
October 2017
Contributor
Written by
Nino Gugunishvili
October 2017

When I started writing my debut novel Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock from the very beginning, honestly, I didn’t know exactly what genre it would be. However, as the story developed and formed and as more and more characters were born I understood that this would be a contemporary women’s fiction, or a chick - lit as it’s often called and I personally don’t have anything against that definition. The more so, I think many of the elements that identify this sub-genre, primarily with female protagonists trying to find their voice and place, competing for love or overcoming their little and big everyday struggles is there in this book. 

Why are we so attracted to the stories where predominantly women tell us about their own lives? I think this happens because as we follow and observe characters through different situations we easily recognize ourselves. We identify our own personalities, our paths, our wishes, fears and insecurities. We feel empathy towards those women who may have the same problems with their partners or husbands, or children and friends and colleagues, as we all do. They may be far from being ideal, and their mistakes are similar to ours, they are just like us and that’s why we so desperately want them to succeed and see how their dreams come true. 

Women’s fiction gives enormous spectrum of psychological, cultural and social issues to explore. While it portrays our reality and brings up eternal, universal questions on human relationships such as love, friendship, family, at the same time it gives a possibility to maneuver within the chosen genre, set a tone, often humorous, sarcastic and witty. Whether we stack our beach bags with those books or curl on the sofa on a winter Friday evening, I think it’s a read that we’ll always look forward to find, not only to entertain ourselves, but to think, analyze and maybe, someday write a book of our own. 
 

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