Quantcast

Supersize characters in books and literature

Dimensions Magazine

Help Support Dimensions Magazine:

JewelTran

Member
Joined
Sep 2, 2006
Messages
5
Location
,
Like many of you, I grew very tired of reading stories where the heroine was a "hefty" 135 pounds.... Since I LOVE romance novels, I decided to try my own hand at the craft. If you click on my name over to the left, it will take you to my profile which will give you my own geocities page, which has my stories posted. Because I personally have gotten so much out of being a part of this community, I would love to share them with anyone who would enjoy that sort of reading. And please keep the "suggested" literature coming - I love finding new sources for "real" people stories!
:bow:
 

moonvine

Queen of Contempt
Joined
Oct 4, 2005
Messages
3,132
Location
,
I love Jennifer Portnick, though her characters are not supersized, they are fat.

I remember the first time I read her first novel, Good in Bed. I used to work 2nd shift and could read at work, and often did. When I finished that book I just had tears POURING down my cheeks.

I emailed Jennifer and she answered me in maybe 10 minutes. It was amazing.

She told me one time she had a teenage boy email her who had found the book on an airplane and told her it had changed his life. He said he hadn't know what women went through before.

She's too famous for that kind of contact now, unfortunately.

Anyway, Jennifer Portnick
 

TallFatSue

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 29, 2005
Messages
1,675
Location
,
moonvine said:
I love Jennifer Portnick, though her characters are not supersized, they are fat.

I remember the first time I read her first novel, Good in Bed. I used to work 2nd shift and could read at work, and often did. When I finished that book I just had tears POURING down my cheeks.
Methinks you mean Jennifer Weiner?

http://www.jenniferweiner.com
 

moonvine

Queen of Contempt
Joined
Oct 4, 2005
Messages
3,132
Location
,
Yes, Sue, I did. Man, I am so losing it.

Jennifer Weiner. Not Jennifer Portnick (who is also awesome, but in a different way).
 

Lynne Murray

Member
Joined
Jan 26, 2006
Messages
15
Location
,
I don't think anyone's mentioned and I don't know how I could have forgotten Sue Ann Jaffarian's Odelia Grey, the middle-aged, plus-size, humorous amateur sleuth. Sue Ann has accomplished an amazing feat with her mystery series, she self-published the first one or two, tirelessly promoted them, and a large mainstream publisher, Midnight Ink, a division of Llewellyn Worldwide picked up the series. That rarely happens. Now her books have been optioned for a television series. It couldn't happen to a nicer person. If you like BBW romances, there's also a free short story posted on her website.
http://www.sueannjaffarian.com/

Lynne
 

Sweet Tooth

Deep. W i d e.
Joined
Nov 4, 2005
Messages
1,277
Location
,
TallFatSue said:
Methinks you mean Jennifer Weiner?

http://www.jenniferweiner.com
I adore Jennifer Weiner! Her fat characters range from size 14 to size 26, and their weight isn't necessarily a major focus of the book, just part of their character.

And she was beautiful on the cover of Figure about a year ago, a beautiful plus-size woman herself!

I read a lot of chick lit [my brain candy, an addiction I got into in grad school to counter the heavy reading for classes]. One site, Chick Lit Books, had a section listing books with plus-size characters. Unfortunately, the site is currently down. I don't know if or when it will be back up.

[I've read a lot of great books with fat women, but very few with supersize women, so I just didn't mention any.]
 

Jellybean

Active Member
Joined
Feb 19, 2007
Messages
38
Location
,
Like many of you, I grew very tired of reading stories where the heroine was a "hefty" 135 pounds.... Since I LOVE romance novels, I decided to try my own hand at the craft. If you click on my name over to the left, it will take you to my profile which will give you my own geocities page, which has my stories posted. Because I personally have gotten so much out of being a part of this community, I would love to share them with anyone who would enjoy that sort of reading. And please keep the "suggested" literature coming - I love finding new sources for "real" people stories!
:bow:
I hardly post at all, but after submitting my "chick-lit" novel with a fat girl heroine to about 25 agents and hearing "great, but not quite right for me," I decided to post some of it on a blog. It's the story of a fat woman, Nora Flynn, who decides to get revenge on the dieting industry by ghost writing diet books herself - but her double life starts to complicate her relationship with her fiance and her overbearing mother as she starts to plan her wedding.

It's comic, but with a good bit of underlying anger towards society that sometimes comes out towards the people Nora loves most. And her mother is a weight-loss nagging pain in the butt, so she deserves some of the anger...

I have really gotten strength and inspiration from reading the posts of the women of this community. I humbly present the link if any of you care to read a few chapters.

The link is http://fatgirlfiction.wordpress.com/
 

Blanka

Active Member
Joined
Feb 16, 2008
Messages
29
Location
,
I have been reading this book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin. It is kinda like Lord of the Rings but not quite as much fantasy and much much darker.

In the books each chapter portrays a different character and in Jon's chapters his friend Sam is very obese and Sam also gets his own chapters in the third book. Both are members of a group of warrior known as the Nights Watch. Jon joined by choice but Sam's father makes him join because he is ashamed of his weak, fat son. In the Night Watch men inheret no property so Sam's father tells him that if he does not join the Night Watch he will kill Sam himself so his younger brother can be heir. Sam is at first not accepted by the watch but it is through Jon's befriending Sam that the others accept him too.

They are very good books and so far there are four of them.
Book 1: A Game of Thrones
Book 2: A Clash of Kings
Book 3: A Storm of Swords
Book 4: A Feast for Crows
 

Allie Cat

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 1, 2005
Messages
4,574
Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Yay, another ASIF fan! Have you read the Dunk and Egg material as well? There's a couple of novellas, which have been made into comic miniseries by Dabel Brothers Productions.

There's another supersize character if I remember correctly, a young Lady in King's Landing... though she's not portrayed very favorably, and if I recall correctly she gets gang-raped after the beheading of Eddard Stark.

I have been reading this book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin. It is kinda like Lord of the Rings but not quite as much fantasy and much much darker.

In the books each chapter portrays a different character and in Jon's chapters his friend Sam is very obese and Sam also gets his own chapters in the third book. Both are members of a group of warrior known as the Nights Watch. Jon joined by choice but Sam's father makes him join because he is ashamed of his weak, fat son. In the Night Watch men inheret no property so Sam's father tells him that if he does not join the Night Watch he will kill Sam himself so his younger brother can be heir. Sam is at first not accepted by the watch but it is through Jon's befriending Sam that the others accept him too.

They are very good books and so far there are four of them.
Book 1: A Game of Thrones
Book 2: A Clash of Kings
Book 3: A Storm of Swords
Book 4: A Feast for Crows
 

Blanka

Active Member
Joined
Feb 16, 2008
Messages
29
Location
,
No I have not read the Dunk and Egg series, is that another one of his book series?

And I beleive the rape scene you are talking about is the rape of Lollys. She is the daughter of some high born lady at queen Cercei's castle. I beleive she is raped towards the end of the second book when Stannis attacks the castle because I am currently starting book three and she is still pregnant from her attack.
 

Allie Cat

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 1, 2005
Messages
4,574
Location
Pittsburgh, PA
No I have not read the Dunk and Egg series, is that another one of his book series?

And I beleive the rape scene you are talking about is the rape of Lollys. She is the daughter of some high born lady at queen Cercei's castle. I beleive she is raped towards the end of the second book when Stannis attacks the castle because I am currently starting book three and she is still pregnant from her attack.
Dunk and Egg is about Ser Duncan the Tall and Aegon V. When Aegon was a child he squired for a hedge knight, that being Ser Duncan, who is possibly an ancestor of Brienne of Tarth.

Yeah, that's it.. Lollys.
 

Blanka

Active Member
Joined
Feb 16, 2008
Messages
29
Location
,
Now only $495.00 @ amazon.com! :eek:
Wow!!!! I guess I got lucky when I bought my copy of “The Cook” a few months ago from Amazon for only 15, thats right fifteen dollars, and in good condition. Though maybe it was cheaper because it is paperback and not hard cover?
 

pudgy

Dazed
Joined
Jun 6, 2007
Messages
452
Location
,
The main character of Don DeLillo's novel White Noise has a wife named Babette, a fairly overweight woman who struggles with the world around her. There are some slightly sensuous scenes, explaining some butt and boob grab action.
 

phylissfogg

New Member
Joined
Jun 17, 2019
Messages
4
Location
Coventry, Rhode Island, USA
I don't know about SSBBWs, but there are a lot of books out there with BBW characters. Chick Lit Books website has a section dedicated to books with plus-size heroines. And then there are Lynne Murray's mysteries. I like books that give descriptors to indicate a character is fat without telling you *exactly* how fat so you can make her whatever size you want. :)
Could you post a link to that website?
 

adam

This soda made me vote for Trump.
Joined
Sep 29, 2005
Messages
365
Location
OKC
It's my goal over the next few years to read everything I can get my chubby paws on that involves plump to supersize characters in print.

I'm interested where SA messages come out, and how they do; but I'm also interested in negative portrayals of fat folks. As it's much easier to research, write, and talk about fat folks on the smaller end, I'm muchly curious about how we write about supersize people.

While my query will eventually span to all forms of communication and media, what I'm asking right now is best if focused on fiction. Do supersize characters exist in fiction? How are they portrayed? What stories, books, anthologies would you recommend?

(And don't mention Jennifer Weiner, love her, but got her covered).
Galilee by Clive Barker
 

Salacious Caitlin

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 29, 2020
Messages
67
Location
California
Just read Flesh, by David Galef:

Max is into big girls in multiple senses of the word; Don is increasingly obsessed with Max, or Max's affairs, or Max's women; Susan is trying to feed Don, unbeknownst to him.

The rest of the time it's mild academic satire.

I thought it was pretty entertaining, and every once in a while sexy, but there was something funny about the way the author repeated fat-porn tropes while apparently never having actually read any, so it was like he was inventing the wheel. And he sort of shied away from anything too intense, even when an intense thing did actually happen. Recommended-ish.
 

Latest posts

Top