Oh, the point. Went out today, standing in Wal-Mart book section. Lady looking for romance novels. She is looking at covers, reading blurbs, and looking for author pictures. Yes, pictures. She’s mumbling to herself as she picks up book after book and then puts them back down.
I am just watching, wondering what her criteria is for actually putting one in her cart. Finally she notices me staring…I didn’t mean to. She says, “Do you read romance?”
I smile, and say, “Yes, I do. I have for as long as I can remember.”
She shakes her head and pulls a book off the shelf and hands it to me. She opens to the back of the book and says, “Why is it that all romance authors are fat?”
I look at her, my mouth hanging open…I can only stare more. “Um…er…”
“I know, it’s horrible,” she goes on. “If they aren’t fat when they start writing, they get fatter with each book.”
I snap out of it and hand the book back to her. I am about to walk away when she hands me another book, open to the picture. I pretend to look.
“I have weight problems of my own,” she tells me. “I don’t want to read stuff written by fat gals.”
I hand the book back and step away. I had a purpose for being in that aisle. She continues to jabber at me.
“Every day I go to work and am surrounded by fat people. It just really bothers me how people let themselves go.”
Keep in mind she’s already admitted to having a weight problem.
“People should take more pride in themselves and if they don’t then they should not go out and be around people.” She smiles at me, and then says. ” So what kind of work do you do?”
I think about this for a minute, and I considered telling her I was a freaking super model, but decide to go a different direction. I look her right in the eyes and say, “I’ve written and published eight romance novels.”
I hear her mumbling, “Oh really,” as I walk away and turn out of the aisle.
I swear to God I wish I could make this stuff up when I’m writing. It is all so damn priceless. I wasn’t going to mention this, but then I saw and article on Facebook that kinda set me off a little and I decided I needed to vent a little. The article is at http://feelgoodstyle.com/2011/12/05/lizzie-miller/