Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Um, he doesn't look like that!

I love a guy with dark hair. I've always been that way. Give me some messy, black hair, bright blue eyes and a wicked grin gets you in all the right places and I'm a goner. I find that I automatically try and write all the heroes in my books with dark hair. The eyes aren't always blue (a nice green thrown in from time to time or a dark, brown his hot too), but my guys almost always try and have dark hair! In fact, I have to remind myself that black haired guys aren't the only hot guys out there. All the heroes I write can't have dark hair.

I have nothing against those sexy blonds of course. They're as delicious as can be too, but it's like my mind automatically goes to dark hair when I'm writing.

Usually, it stops with my writing, but the other day it leaked into my reading. I was devouring a good book, but something about the heroes description just didn't work for me. For some reason it didn't seem to be HIM. Which is weird because it obviously is. LOL. I didn't write the guy, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't visualize the hero the way the writer described him. It didn't fit with his personality, IMO. Crazy, huh?

For me, I'm not even sure I just wanted to give the guy my knee-weakening black hair and blue eyes. It was really a whole package deal, that I just couldn't see. I've never had that happen before so I'm curious if I'm on my own on this one.

Have you ever done this? Do you tend to imagine the heroes with your favorite characteristics or do you see who the author paints for you? Has there ever been a time you just couldn't see a character, hero or heroine the way the author described?


Miriam Newman said...

Interesting post. For some reason, I never counter-see another writer's hero. But when I write my own, I SEE him and it's indelibly stamped on my mind. Same for the heroine. Which can make it frustrating trying to find a model. We can but try!

Regina Carlysle said...

Great post, Madison. I have to admit most of my heroes are dark so I made a concious effort to do more medium brown (sometimes with reddish or blond highlights) and definitely some blonds. Once I got past the habit of the doing dark hair, it came easier.

And YES..there have been some books I've read where I just can't form the hero in my mind from the authors description and I'll mentally change that up. Honestly though, it seldom works and pulls me out of the story.

Madison Scott said...

Thanks! I'm the same way when it comes to my own heroes. I have a very clear picture in my head.

Madison Scott said...

I can see that happening. I liked the book enough in this instance that it didn't really pull me out, but I can see how that would be a problem.

Anonymous said...

I'm a dark-haired guy type too. When I read that the hero has blonde hair, I kinda cringe inside.

Oh, and the longer the better...yum!!

in Germany

Fiona said...

Nah, I think all men are sexy. Hair color, skin color, bald, facial hair or not, though I must admit I'm really partial to that stubble-thing many have going on when they haven't shaved for a coupla days! But really, they are all interesting to me! The only thing that really turns me off is the muscle-bound types who have what looks like hard rocks under their skin...I like definition, but some take it too far! Tall, short, blue eyes, brown eyes, brown skin, pale skin...yup! I love them all!

Anne Rainey said...

Quite often I change their looks to suit my own taste. LOL Funny, I'm not crazy about blond heroes either.

Natalie Dae said...

I recently started mixing the hair colours up. I also tend to write black or brown-haired heroes and heroines.

Tess MacKall said...

No blond heroes for me, hon. Mine always have dark hair. It's my personal preference and I suppose I write it because I can make it sexier because I think it's sexier. lol