What Is “Up Lit?”

Have a case of the blahs? Reading "Up Lit" can be a powerful way to cultivate a feeling of hope and joy.

What is it? 

Up Lit is a literary genre that focuses on stories with themes of hope, optimism, and resilience in the face of adversity. These books typically feature characters who overcome difficult challenges, find joy in simple pleasures, and forge meaningful connections with others. Up Lit novels are heartwarming, uplifting, and life affirming.

Why is it popular?

The past few years have been rough. The news has been filled with political and economic uncertainty. The lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a significant increase in depression and anxiety. Add in a cold, dark winter, and people are looking for stories that are uplifting and life affirming. A growing number of people want to read about human connection, kindness, and empathy, and to understand different lives and perspectives.  

Not just fluff

Up Lit is not just "feel good" fluff. Up Lit stories include an element of realism and often tackle serious topics and themes. It is the way their characters tackle these tough topics – with kindness, optimism, and a belief in the inherent goodness of people – that makes these stories what they are. 

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Novels that feature kindness and connection and embrace those who are struggling, marginalized or overlooked by society. They often deal with darker issues, but ultimately they are uplifting feel good stories.

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