Want a book deal? Here’s how to do it the Vogue way:
• Write controversial article for Vogue chronicling your experience of putting your seven-year-old daughter on a diet after she is diagnosed as clinically obese (an important, timely, topic!).
• Enrage the internet masses with your tales, such as not letting your daughter partake in pizza day, or making her go without dinner after you learned that she ate “nearly 800 calories of brie, filet mignong, baguette and chocolate” at school for French Heritage Day. [Ed. note: Where do we enroll?] Prompt Jezebel to call your piece “the worst Vogue article ever” and call you “one of the most fucked up, selfish women to ever grace the magazine’s pages.”
• Get book deal with Random House’s Ballantine imprint for, according to Media Bistro, “a controversial memoir about helping her seven-year-old daughter lose weight.” Title? The Heavy. The publisher described the book to Media Bistro as “an experience that epitomizes the modern parenting ‘damned if you do/damned if you don’t’ predicament.”
Funny, “damned if you do/damned if you don’t” kind of sums up our feelings in writing about this. Dara-Lynn Weiss, the mother and writer in question, pissed a lot of people off, including us. But then, of course, the subsequent outpouring of outrage surely helped secure Weiss a book deal with a sizable advance.
Childhood obesity is a complicated and relevant issue–one certainly worth exploring in the pages of Vogue to show that it’s a problem that affects the 1%, too, even with all their access to kiddy yoga and healthy organic food. And perhaps, given the chance to write a whole book on the topic, we’ll all be able to better understand Weiss and the choices she made in putting her daughter Bea on a diet.
How do you feel about Weiss getting a book deal? Will you read it?