posted by nk at 12:55 PM
Well, what's it to you whether she prefers reading to being outdoors?And as for "typical" ... just exactly what aspect of that woman are you saying is typical of all Harry Potter fans? That they ... gasp ... read Harry Potter books?
Heh! Not "saying", "asking". And I'm a bookworm (and now internet-junkie) too. But ...
NEVER! I shun the Day Star!!
As someone who attends Science Fiction conventions from time to time I can verify that there is a type of "fan" of which the young lady pictured is quite typical. But I think you may be barking up the wrong tree with the Harry Potter tie-in, though. Potter readership penetrates so far into the mainstream of society that I would be surprised if Harry Potter readers differed much from the local norms for body composition.As for chunky fandom, I have never made up my mind which way causality most strongly runs... are they fat and minimally active because they are addicted to escapist fiction, or do they read it because their bulk makes physical activity unrewarding? Whichever predominates it is clear that both apply to some degree and together they make a self-reinforcing syndrome that is unfortunate in the extreme.Much of the popularity of Star Trek at SF cons stems from the fact that fat and ugly people can dress up as Klingons and only look so ridiculous. The worst are the fat, fat women in push-up merry widows with laces groaning alarmingly and the contents of their over-sized cups sloshing like a 1970s college student's water bed.And finally, and most importantly: I am not sure that is an ice cream bar she is eating. It looks more like a cruller to me.
I have no prejudice against overweight people. I have had my own body issues although from the other direction. And I also devour books. Moreover, I find as much insight into life, people, and human nature in good fiction as I do in works of philosophy or psychology. I suppose I would say that there should be a limit to how much an ersatz life should take away from our real one. It's ok to be a Walter Mitty but not a Miniver Cheevey.
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