Farzin is, in many ways, what I find attractive in a man. He’s an intellectual and passionately devoted to justice just like my spouse (who is not a man, but let’s not split hairs); he’s got a really bizarre sense of humor, and yes, he’s chunky. When I do like guys they have a tendency to carry some weight, something to cuddle, and that tends to make me feel left out in the world of fictional romance.
Another reason I chose to write a fat romantic interest is because I liked showing Prince Kaveh’s journey from “I really like him even though he’s fat” to “why should his fatness be an ‘even though’?” Through the course of their romance Kaveh comes to realize that a lot of what he’s been taught to accept about visual beauty is completely subjective. It goes hand in hand with the other ways Farzin opens his eyes, as he learns to appreciate the work of those who perform physical labor and other service jobs.
Ultimately, the most important reason Farzin is fat is because fat people deserve love. There are millions of people out there who are not a size small and it can’t possibly be fun to read book after book and watch movie after movie in which only skinny people ever find true love, and fat people are either villains, sassy sidekicks, or the butt of jokes.