What do you think about street lit?
Thugs and the Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark
“Street Lit”, the new genre of African-American literature that has taken over the New York Times best-seller list, is sparking a whole lot of controversy.
Acclaimed author Terry McMillan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Waiting To Exhale) argues these scandalous books are not worth placement in bookstores.
“A lot of young authors think that because their background is horrific, it constitutes a story. White folks read this stuff and laugh at us. We don’t even see that we are stereotyping ourselves.”
Karen Hunter, co-author of Confessions of a Video Vixen and Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip Hop Superstar suggests reading the books before judging them.
“There’s nothing wrong with salacious content as long as it’s well written…I did a book with a pimp…It’s prescriptive for what it means to get through life; not how to pimp on the street, but how to pimp your own destiny.”
What do you think? Are best-sellers such as Flyy Girl, The Coldest Winter Ever and Thugs and the Women Who Love Them worthy enough to be considered literature or are they just a waste of book shelf space?