Author Jen Lancaster reads from her novel "Here I Go Again" at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville at 7 p.m Thursday.
Jen Lancaster said her stories about her weight have struck a positive chord with readers. “I’m happy with myself to the point of almost being delighted. “People who read my stuff end up feeling better about themselves and think it’s okay to like yourself
Virgina Tech graduate student Melissa Kaminski studied if main characters' impressions of themselves weighed on the minds of their readers.
In Melissa Kaminski's recently published master’s thesis “Does This Book Make Me Look Fat?”, she suggests a female reader’s body image is influenced by descriptions of a character’s appearance and self-esteem.
Renee Zellweger reprises her role as Bridget Jones in " Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason." | Jason Bell/AP
Bathroom scale with a measuring tape
It is a truth universally acknowledged that chick lit protagonists are always women, and are just as likely to be concerned about their weight. “Bridget Jones’s Diary” was heavy on Jones’s thoughts on her size. Jennifer Weiner’s Rose Feller was “In Her Shoes” because they …