The list author says: "If a novel says something like 'he put his manly arms around her eleven-inch waist', do you feel something's amiss? I do. This list offers books and films with non-skinny heroines, and a few related items."
"DVD. This film has gentle humor and lots of charm. But beneath the whimsy, it's serious about empowerment. It's so serious that I'm pleasantly surprised that they were allowed to make it. The character Marlene is magnificent. She's like a villain from a James Bond movie, but on the side of the angels."
"A short novel or novella, in which put-upon Cordelia Brown visits Rome, and finds true love. The story is touching, the characters are three-dimensional, the prose is of high quality and the effect is idyllic and excellent. Heartwarming."
"Fiction. Student Andrea time-travels to the 16th-century Scottish borders, a land of lawless warlords, where her big body is thought the most beautiful thing in several counties. What's great is that this book is marvelously historically real--the era must have been just like this."
"This then 280-pound singer won the UK 'Idol' contest. This is her diary. She tells what it's really like to be an Idol, how she lost a lot of weight, and how she dumped Simon Cowell (sort of). I'm sure the diary is her own work--when I read it I can hear her voice. She has a gorgeous wit. This book is Bridget Jones meets Hairspray--and it's all true. Fun and touching."
"Music album. Kristie Agee is an up-and-coming Nashville-based musician who I'm sure you'll hear a lot more of in future. This album contains some lovely celebratory lyrics, especially the great song 'Built For Comfort', which is fast becoming a standard."
"DVD and CD of a live concert. This group does loud, raw rock music. I think that, if they keep developing, they could become as mighty as Queen. Actually Beth Ditto, the singer, already is queen. She's got real vocal talent, she's got the attitude, she's got the size politics, and she's got the looks. She's magnificent."
"CD. The group's new release. It is, I think, the group's best album yet, full of rich soundscapes which are a new dimension to their sound. (After this, the only thing holding them below Queen's mega-ness is, I think, Queen's monster taglines.)"
"CD. Maite Kelly played Tracy in the German stage production of Hairspray. Now she's a recording artist. This album's promotional video, 'Maite Kelly das volle programm', awed me with glamor. I don't understand the words, but I think I get the message. I think she said, 'Less is not more; more is more.' The album's as great as the video led me to expect, full of catchy tunes and voluptuous sound."
"Out of print, but this is a glorious vividly-written true biography of a gilded-age society circle in which it was impossible to be too rich or too fat. Lillian Russell and Diamond Jim Brady knew how to be opulent in style. Fascinating and readable non-fiction."
"Fiction. Anthology of short stories in the fantasy genre. Size Activist editor. Each tale has a plus-sized heroine or hero, ranging from a mermaid to a fairy-tale princess. The stories are more thought-provoking rhan exciting, but this is fine fantasy."