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Here's 2 good ones I liked, "Fat White Vampire Blues" and "Bride of the Fat White Vampire" by Andrew Fox, published by Ballantine Books.
 

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Well, theres a series called the "Wheel of Time" and in the fourth book a character on the evil side uses magic to make herself look incredibly fat throughout the entire book until she sheds the illusion in the end.
 

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Author Mary Monroe apparently has SSBBWs throughout her work. Here's a link to an interview superwoman Queen Raqui did on her site, largeincharge.com (worth checking out anyway):

http://largeincharge.com/backissues/2004/12-2004.htm

I've never read any of these, so I can't vouch for quality, etc.

There's also The Cook, by Harry Kressing, the ultimate cult feeder novel. My non-fa DAD of all people gave me this when I was like 12 years old. I guess he knew me pretty well by that point.
 

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I know of couple comic book characters that are among the "big folks".

In the "Ultimate X-Men" comics, Henry McCoy (Beast) is more stocky than his main-plotline counterpart, and makes several referneces to being 'the fat kid' in school. He's as smart as always, though some of the characters get in a few jabs at his size.
(plus, the first time he's shown in the comic, he's wearing a Hawaiian shirt, so he gets bonus points in my book.

There's always the villian "The Blob" in the Marvel universe. A huge man (that just got bigger as time went on), but ultimately pathetic. Big, slow, dumb. Very dumb. VERY dumb. You end up feeling sorry for him more than anything else.

But there is a SSBBW in the Mervel Universe... sorta.
In the comedy/parody comic line known as the "Great Lakes Avengers", the team is composed of a bunch of misfit heroes and ways for Marvel to poke fun at itself and society in general. Example? "Mr. Immortal" cannot die. He can bleed, break bones, tear out organs like anyone else, but can't die. ... He was thrown off a building, shot, stabbed, drown and poisoned... all within a few pages. :p The reason I bring up this comic?
"Big Bertha". Waify thin supermodel Ashley Crawford finds she can put on weight en masse in an instand, becomming bigger and stronger than even the aforementioned "Blob". In both forms, she's pretty much the same person. Still a sweet, witty woman who puts others before herself. (And in my personal opinion, far sexier. Her "Ashley" persona is far too thin). She does get some flack from some of he general populace, but it doesn't get to her.
While with the GLA, the rest of the members treat her like one of the family. Not better nor worse (though they often talk about how kind/generous she is). And, it seems she prefers her "Bertha" form, since the only times she's seen as "Ashley" is when she's at her modeling job.
The down side? While she can gain weight in an instant, losing it all is... different. She has to "purge" it all (Marvel's way of laughing at Bulemia).

Links:
http://www.greatlakesavengers.com/bios-bertha.html
http://www.marvel.com/universe/Big_Bertha
GLA:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Lakes_Avengers
 

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For the past couple days I was in Cincinnati, Ohio on business. My hotel was just across the river in Covington, Kentucky and the lobby had some magazines lying around so I grabbed one before checking out. After I drove back home to Toledo, tonight I flipped through it, and there in today's (Sep 8) edition of Entertainment Weekly, in the Book section at the end (on page 165 to be precise) is Murder of a Real Bad Boy by Denise Swanson listed in the Paperback Top 10. Cool!

Denise Swanson is one of my favorite authors (along with Charlaine Harris). She's a SSBBW who writes humorous mysteries and her female sleuth is a BBW. Denise Swanson is a class act, and it does my heart proud to see a successful supersize woman in the public eye. Her lead character is portrayed in a fat-friendly way, but her size is usually only a minor part of her stories, which is fine because it shows that fat people are people first and fat second. That's my kind of fat activism -- simply setting a very positive example as a fat woman.

That reminds me: Denise Swanson toured all over Ohio last month, and I snapped this pic when she was at the Bowling Green Library, about 15 miles south of Toledo.

http://www.DeniseSwanson.com
 

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Weird lil list of books I reach to with at least half-way positive fat characters (forget Augustus Gloop, feh):

1) Armistead Maupin, Significant Others. Wren Douglas is a beautiful plus-sized model who wreaks beautiful girl havoc/healing in some lives. Sometimes it's a little odd (why don't people ever know how to match actual weight with size? she "weighs" much less than she is), but you can tell he tried to draw a character who was a femme fatale and fat and go her! Go him!

2) Susan Stinson, who is a fat activist, writer and poet, has written a few different books with fat main characters. I think Martha Moody is probably the coolest...kind of magic realist American Western!

3) Oscar Hujuelos, Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. Main character is a womanizing musician who loves women, all women. There's not one really standout fat character, but a strong emphasis on plumpness and old-fashioned femininity I like.

4) A Sundae for Judy by Frieda Friedman, a kid's book from 1949 about a plump daughter of a soda shop owner who triumphs at the end regardless.

5) Waiting to Exhale. Okay, it's dopey, but one of the four main characters does end up being loved for her size by a guy at the end.

6) Daniel Pinkwater!

7) For the world of nonfiction, this is a good list:
http://www.radiancemagazine.com/kids_project/size_positive_books.htm
 

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There is a mystery series by Alexander McCall Smith that I just love so much. The main character is Precious Ramotswe, a "tradionally built lady" who starts her own detective agency in her native Botswana called The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency which is also the name of the first book in the series. Her size is always seen by herself and others as a positive attribute, in fact she is called "fat" as a compliment more than once, imagine that! I'd love these books if she was skinny as a rail but the added dimension (so to speak~) of seeing a fat person going about her business in a natural fat positive atmosphere is very very pleasant to say the least. The titles of the books are:
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Tears of the Giraffe
Morality for Beautiful Girls
The Kalahari Typing School for Men
The Full Cupboard of Life
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
and (oooh there's a new one out!)
Blue Shoes and Happiness
 
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If you're into cozy mysteries the main female character in Diane Mott Davidson's series about (you guessed it) a plump caterer are always good reads.

I read another book a while back...think it was called Flesh...not the one a previous poster mentioned, though. This one had a very tall, very curvy main character with an active sex life and a jealous wife hunting her down.

I just finished reading Autobiography of a Fat Bride (makes you laugh out loud) and have Fat Girls on Lawn Chairs on my nightstand for tonight.

:)
 

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"Circle of Friends" by Maeve Binchey - Benny is the main character, and she's fat. This is one of my favorites.

Someone already mentioned "She comes Undone" by Wally Lamb. I disagree though, that her life gets better because she looses weight - she still has difficult times even when she is thin. I love this book, and can really relate to Delores. But I don't think there are many if any at all SA messages in this book.
 

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"Suggestions" by me. To be released later this year, if I finish it.
 

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tinkerbell said:
"Circle of Friends" by Maeve Binchey - Benny is the main character, and she's fat. This is one of my favorites.
This is one of my favorite "fat girl" books, too. It was good for me to read at that point in my life and in my size acceptance journey. I've found a lot of people think it's a slow book, but fat girls everywhere would understand Benny, making it a deeply meaningful read.

I was disappointed with the movie, though, much as I adore Chris O'Donnell. The message that she was stronger than she thought and could be content even when brokenhearted was lost by her taking back "Jack".
 

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This is one of my favorite "fat girl" books, too. It was good for me to read at that point in my life and in my size acceptance journey. I've found a lot of people think it's a slow book, but fat girls everywhere would understand Benny, making it a deeply meaningful read.

I was disappointed with the movie, though, much as I adore Chris O'Donnell. The message that she was stronger than she thought and could be content even when brokenhearted was lost by her taking back "Jack".
Oh I know, I was disappointed in the movie ending too - even though I usually like 'happy endings', I felt they took something away from the story when she took him back. Though there were some differences from what he did in the book, and what happened in the movie (meaning one time in the movie, and quite a few times in the book)
 

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For activistfatgirl,
I'm also an avid student of fat characters in fiction--

BTW - I hope this doesn't post twice, I just edited spell checked and vaporized an email. This one will be rougher.

A list I compiled a few years back of sleuths of size is archived here:
http://www.maadwomen.com/lynnemurray/essays/sleuthsizelist.html

In recent fat fiction, and aside from books already mentioned in this thread here are a couple (I just pasted in from my essay, my hands aren't up to retyping)

A pioneer of size-positive romances is Pat Ballard, who offers many on her website, http://patballard.homestead.com/Patsplace.html

Romances with large, in-charge heroines of color don't use the F-word in the title, but usually manage by the title to make it clear what the book is about—
All of Me by Vernice Berry
Big Girls Don't Cry (four stories of BBW love by Donna Hill, Brenda Jackson, Monica Jackson and Francis Ray)
http://www.donnahill.com/
http://www.brendajackson.net/home.htm
http://monicajackson.com/
http://www.francisray.com/

The Way It Is by Patrick Sanchez
http://www.patrick-sanchez.com/pages/1/index.htm

The Dangerously Curvy reviewers at http://curvynovels.tripod.com/ keep track of a wide range of genres of fiction with big, beautiful heroines.

Although published a few years ago, some books for teens are very powerful and still available—

Fat Chance, by Leslea Newman—a fat teenager influenced by a bulimic friend. http://www.lesleakids.com/fatchance.html

Fat Kid Rules the World, by K. L. Going—a suicidal fat teenager

Okay, sending this before it escapes into vapor again!
Lynne
 

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Here are a few more books...
"Body of Knowledge" by Carol Dawson.
I read this years ago, so my memory of the plot is cloudy. I remember it being about a 600 pound woman who is isolated in a large mansion. The character's weight becomes thematically tied to her obsession with investigating and cataloging a family tragedy; as if she were a “sin eater".

"Flesh" by David Galef.
A lame acedemic satire about a college professor who is obsessed with flesh and size. The character ends up being smothered by a SSBBW in a face sitting accident. The author comes off a Don DeLillo wannabe.
ACK!!! How did you already post 2 out of only the 3 or 4 I know???

Apparently not well read,
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not sure if this counts or not, but in 1984 there are several mentions of really big proles. in fact, toward the end of the book, there's a pretty specific part where the main characters talk about a huge woman hanging clothes out to dry.
 

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hey! just wanted to say good luck and I can't wait to hear what your findings are!
 

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