I have to admit, despite attending a (very) liberal arts school for undergrad and then living in very “hipster-centric” areas, neither of us had heard of Hipster Lit.
I quite literally laughed out loud when I stumbled upon an article on The New Yorker’s Book Bench blog called “Hamptons Hipsters.”
Upon further investigation we found that Flavorwire had made a list a few years back of ultimate hipster reads.
Good Reads also has a list of their own.
The majority of the books on these lists make sense, things you would expect like Slaughterhouse-Five, On the Road, and The Catcher in the Rye.
What we’re wondering is what makes these books Hipster Lit.
Chick Lit is an easy cocktail to make: One part romance, one part shopping, and two parts easily understood language and concepts. Add a dash of motherhood if desired.
Frat Lit is also fairly easy to comprehend. Drinking, girls, and most likely some sort of “life-changing” adventure–generally a road trip, but not always. Easy.
The books included in these hipster lists are all over the place. So it seems that the only common thread is the assumed reader’s appearance.
It just seems a bit strange to us that this emerging genre has less to do with the content and more to do with an image.
P.S. The top photo was taken from one of our all time favorite tumblr’s Hot Guys Reading Books.