What is Boomer Lit?

The Crone Club has been identified as Boomer Lit. Indeed, one of our reviewers Lynn Schneider commented: “This novel is a good reminder that it’s never too late to become what we were meant to be. It’s a good example of baby boomer literature; that just because we reach our later years doesn’t mean we are done just yet.  We have a lot of living to do, and this book allows us to remember that’s possible.”
But what is Boomer Lit exactly? Well, basically Boomer lit supports a social revolution which is now coming over the horizon. We are the Baby Boomers, as in those born between (and including) 1946 and 1964 and our demographic has always been too too big to for anyone to ignore. We now make up about a 29% of the U.S. population and 15% of the UK population. We have always been likely to throw out the rulebook and challenge all the old ideologies. We are already indicating that we are not prepared to conform to society’s expectations of age-appropriate behaviour any more than when we were in our teens. A new genre of Boomer Lit and films is rapidly growing to support the changing aspirations of a generation that is ageing, but not prepared to be counted as out of the game.  This first became noticeable in the cinema with films such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Hope Springs and Mama Mia, being produced for the ‘more mature’ audience and at the same time giving employment to brilliant, but ageing actresses.
It is particularly in the new genre of Boomer Lit where the values of our generation are being extolled and reinforced, however.  Literature has always been central to our ideology.  We were always readers and perhaps more than any other generation, we still are. While our formative years were influenced by such big events of the sixties as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the rise of the Beatles, the Vietnam War, the deaths of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King, books such as Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Robert A. Heinlein’s Stanger in a Strange Land, Robert M. Prisig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance arguably made a bigger impact on our consciousness. They inspired us to want to make more meaningful lives for ourselves than it appeared we were offered. This thinking led us to revolt against the rigid, structures of society of the time and the differential attitudes of our militarised fathers.
However, Boomer Lit is not certainly not about extolling our triumphs in the past.  Neither is it intended as a nostalgia trip into the wonders of our youth – dreams of yesterday.  Life is not going to stop for us at 60, anymore than it stopped in the 60s.
We were the generation that was going to change the world, but we got side tracked.  Life swallowed up our dreams, but now we’ve got the time to finish the job we started, the way has opened up for us once again and perhaps for the last time.  Possibilities beckon.  Many of us are just as minded to refuse to obey the ‘rules’ when it comes to facing encroaching retirement, marginalisation and old age as we were in our teen years.  We certainly intend to have a lot more fun before we leave the stage.
Just like before there is a need for literature to support our changing values and beliefs, to help us to search once again for ‘meaning’ and go forward into a positive ‘can do’  future.  No wonder there is a growing demand for Boomer Lit.

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Posted on March 7, 2013, in About Boomer Lit and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Great article, you’re so right: we now get to finish the job we started 30 or 40 years ago. We thought we were going to change the world, that didn’t happen. But now we can change the way Society addresses aging. It’s not a stigma. It’s not a disease. It’s something that happens to all of us and we better learn how to address this new phase in our lives with dignity, humor, grace and courage.

    That’s what Boomer lit is for, that’s what it should help us to do. Literature is entertainment, sure, but it is more than that: it raises questions and it answers them. And when it does that and also entertains, then it’s a supreme pleasure, it’s transcendental…For me, literature is on top of all the other arts…

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