This is a work in progress. It is another one of my stories that I've had on my mind for years, but never did anything about. I have several versions that I've started, but never have been happy with, so I'm starting over. I'm not sure I'm happy with this either. :-)
The story behind this story deals with taking control of your life and dealing with your issues. Yeah, it sounds like a downer but it's not really. It is going to be a young adult novel and it is in response to another book I read that made me angry. Yep, I seem to have anger issues. :-)
To go on with the story, my friend was in school getting her Masters degree as a Media Specialist. Since she wanted to work in high schools, she would read a lot of books for that age group. She read one and insisted I read it. I don't remember the name or the author and I wouldn't mention it here anyway. That wouldn't be fair. Anyway, in the story, the main character started to gain weight. She didn't know why, and she didn't seem to accept it very well. Who would? The book was about her struggle to deal with this issue. It seems like a good thing.
The problem I had with the story is the girl has a disease that made her gain weight. When the disease was in remission, the weight would go away. My friend, who is also overweight, looked up the disease to see if it was something she had and found it didn't exist. That's what made me a bit angry. The main character didn't have to deal with it because she knew it was temporary and would easily come off.
I can say from experience it isn't easy. I still struggle, and will for the rest of my life. I want young people to know they are okay no matter what. I want them to know life may not be easy, but living it is worth it.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Why I wrote Fat Farm. You write what you know. Let me start off by saying that I am an obese individual and have been for most of my life. I have been told I didn't gain weight until puberty, but there is photographic evidence to the contrary. With that being said, I wrote Fat Farm because I was and still am to a certain degree angry. It started in my adult life with how the obese people are treated. It is still okay to make fun of and denigrate fat people. It is okay to discriminate against fat people, although it's hard to prove. Fat people are thought of as lazy, dirty and stupid. Look how we are portrayed in movies. It is rare to find a fat guy that gets the girl or can be the hero. I remember seeing an interview with an actress who said she gained weight for a role because the character was damaged. I know a lot of damaged skinny people. So the story started off as an angry rant and has been in the works for about 20 years or so.
Lately, I've been trying to lose weight. I do want to be healthy for my family and felt I needed to finish this and release the anger, so for the past year I've been working on it. What really made me finish it was a news story about a child who was taken away from his parents because he was overweight. I don't know all the circumstances behind the story, but it really scared me. Government has gotten so big and we've given away so many of our rights that we don't even realize what is happening. If the government can take away a child from his family to stem the obesity epidemic, how far will it go?
I know that my story is over top, but think about it.