A story about "Pretty In Ink: A Tattoo Shop Mystery" — 3 years ago
Pretty in Ink
One thing about this series that really bothers me is how fat-phobic and offensive the books portray Joel (aka the “fat” character). In the first book (which I read about 6 months ago but can’t remember the title right now), the author and main character seem to bend over backwards to knock down stereotypes and narrow-minded thinking (particularly about people with tattoos and little people like the Bitsy character). Brett is not just a tattooist and tattooed “freak,” she’s an artist with an art degree and people with tattoos aren’t scary, blah blah blah. Yet every time Joel is mentioned it’s as fat, eating, or being lazy because he’s just a fat slob who is stuffing his face every five seconds. I swear in one scene he didn’t want to walk the main character to her car when she was being stalked because 1) walking made him tired (because he’s a lazy fattie, and 2) he wanted to stop at the ice cream shop and get a cone !!!
Ok, on to Pretty in Ink. Unfortunately it’s the same old story. I don’t remember a time when his character was mentioned that his fatness or stereotypical “fattie” behavior wasn’t also mentioned. He hugs the main character and she was a little uncomfortable with the weight of his body against hers, she’s annoyed at him in another scene because he’s stuffing his face with a donut and got powdered sugar over her drawing, she brought a box of chocolates to work and he gobbled them all up and then went out to lunch, he’s on a diet program and of course cheats at every turn and of course drops out because he’s such a fattie he can’t stop eating, and to top it all off she has to describe how his fat girth was squished into squares in the ER at a hospital. It’s ridiculous.