Fat is a 2006 novel by Rob Grant. Unlike his previous solo novels, this one is set closer to the present day. The novel follows three main characters and focuses on the Well Farm Project, a dieting camp to help the population lose weight.
Fat contains examples of:
Actually Pretty Funny: Grenville considers the Well Farm staff posting an impromptu sign saying "Heinz Lodge" on his dorm to be this, as he considers it a sign that at least someone working there has some faint stirring of wits.
Brick Joke: When firing him, the producers of Cook It, Change It, Dig It tell Grenville that his guide to boiling eggs is too long (ten pages) amongst the many other pathetic excuses they give him. Later on, when Jeremy briefly meets Grenville, he notes that he'd have been lost without Gren's guide.
The requirement for hard hats in situations where they'd be of no use first comes up during Jeremy's visit to the Well Farm and is later brought up during Grenville's attending the official opening.
The Group 4 security guard pulls Grenville's trousers up for him, which Gren finds humiliating. Later, the Prime Minister compares Jeremy stepping in at the last minute for the Well Farm's PR campaign to the Government being caught with their pants down and Jeremy pulling them up, metaphorically speaking.
Broken Pedestal: Jason Black starts out as the object of Hayleigh's affections. Until she actually meets him.
Butt Monkey: Grenville's story is one disaster after another. In the space of a single day, where he decides to join the gym and get his life in shape, he manages to get into an argument with a woman, crash his car into an SUV (belonging to the woman in question), knock down the car park's bollards, destroy a barrier, wreck his car, get arrested, destroy his court-appointed lawyer's phone, get physically humiliated by a cop, destroy some furniture, have his trousers pulled up by an inept security guard and get fined for the whole ordeal on top of which he loses his job. No wonder he goes on another not-a-rampage at the Well Farm.
Deadpan Snarker: Grenville, particularly towards the end. Jemma and Jeremy have elements of this too.
Despair Event Horizon: Hayleigh gets so depressed in the hospital, she plans to commit suicide. Fortunately, she is not given the opportunity.
Dreadful Musician: The bands Big Boys Cry and Gurlz Banned are clearly this. Jeremy figures that the singing on their albums is either the work of other talented singers or talented sound engineers.
Fat Camp: The Well Farms. The accomodation is designed to be as uncomfortable as physically possible to prevent people from becoming couch potatoes. People attending the camp are woken up ridiculously early in the morning to get a full day's exercise. Food is distributed only when credits are earned (through weight loss). The only films shown are ones that make jokes at the expense of fat people. Dorms are mixed sex to encourage sexual activity as a form of exercise, something which Grenville manages to prevent. Needless to say, a lot of people give up after a short time. The circumstances only succeed in aggravating Grenville further to the point of a not-a-rampage.
Gender Scoff: Jemma refers to all men as bastards in one of her blog entries.
Hair-Trigger Temper: Grenville's patience wears thinner and thinner as the book goes on. To be fair, he does go through a lot of crap.
Roaring Not-A-Rampage Of Revenge: Grenville's ending. When his credit card malfunctions at the Well Farm and the staff won't serve him food, he destroys half the camp.
Sealed with a Kiss: Averted at first when Jeremy kisses Jemma and she ends up running away, having thought he was her boyfriend and the whole thing descending into drama and heartache. Then played straight at the end when Jeremy kisses Jemma again and comments 'Now that was a proper kiss'.
Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: The party Jeremy attends after the Well Farm launch. Because he's falling for Jemma, he actually doesn't care much for it, despite being tongued by a member of Gurlz Banned.
Shown Their Work: Jemma's opinions on dieting, salt intake and cholesterol levels were actually topics Grant looked into before writing the book. He provides a bibliography at the end.
Surprisingly Happy Ending: Nothing ever seems to go right for Grenville in the book, until the end, where he gets a new television show on the BBC and, sort of, public recognition, as well as no charges put against him for his final moments (And a good not-rampage too without repercussions). Hayleigh, suffering from anorexia and seemingly doomed to be 'a fierce girl trapped in the body of a weak one' gets cured of her eating disorder thanks to meeting her idol and realising what a Jerk Ass he really is.