I keep seeing pictures of scarlets as a bit overweight. Yes, I know the books show her as curvy, but that doesn’t mean she’s overweight.
That’s correct, anon. Curvy =/= overweight. Actually, most times when a character is described as curvy, people imagine a “traditionally beautiful” girl with “curves in all the right places” aka “curvy but not fat”… because apparently you can’t be overweight and pretty at the same time.
and apparently you have to be pretty to be well liked. even though it’s a book. and you can’t even see the characters.
It took a LONG time for the TLC fandom to break that particular way of thinking and to embrace Scarlet as a fat character (now I’ve seen both ‘overweight’ and ‘muscular’ (from farm work) as the descriptors here but you get the point she isn’t twiggy (like me or Cinder haha) or a curvy model)
I see her, and I’m sure some do too, as a normal-ish weight with curves, not kinda obese for her age.
Right because… being fat isn’t normal, apparently. Being overweight isn’t common, sure, and some may argue about it being unhealthy (though I can maintain size =/= health, I’m a twig and probably have the most unhealthy existence ever).
So we can take it as Scarlet has muscle from farmwork, then. That’s evident of a healthy lifestyle (being outside, manual labor, fresh eating). That should be normal. Being traditionally pretty/skinny/only curvy in the “right” places - that model look is usually attained by a strict, not-normal, and usually unhealthy diet/way of living.
Fat =/= obese, either. You can be a healthy weight for your age (she’s 18, I think? She’s a growing girl. We eat as much as boys do., I promise.) and not be thin. It’s more common than you think.
I love the art people have, but it just makes it seem like people think she’s fat.
People do. It’s because they see themselves and other real, normal, people in her. There’s nothing wrong with that.