What's the secret to chick lit? Read on, and prepare to count your riches! In a review of Jill Davis' Ask Again Later, Washington Post writer Carolyn See announced she's "unlocked" the genre's chief appeal — the diligent avoidance and/or removal of any and all character development!

Think about chicks for a minute. They are the nameless girls who wait for boys to finish their interminable rehearsals in awful garage bands. They are the young honeys who get whistled at on the street and get mad about it, and then the workers stop whistling and they get sad about it. Chicks will grow up to be old ladies who send supermarket greeting cards and newspaper clippings that aren't relevant to anything. Chicks never get to have it their own way. Go to a dinner party, even now, and see who does the talking. Every woman's magazine or self-help book still tells a young girl to learn to be a good listener. The reason for this is that, unless she exerts herself mightily, she may easily go through her whole life and never get a word in edgewise.

But not in chick lit! Because these stories belong to the chick. Everyone else in the cast of characters exists only to glorify and valorize the chick.

And we thought "pink covers" was a pretty depressing answer.

Chicken Soup For The Chick [Washington Post]