Join me as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…
Do authors prefer attractive people?
A few weeks ago I asked about the less important elements that draw you to books. One of the things I said I was drawn to are REAL characters. The plus size, acne-ridden, frizzy haired, etc characters. And I found that quite of you feel the same way. That got me to thinking – why do authors not write more characters this way, if that’s obviously something we tend to prefer? Do authors prefer attractive people? Are they, maybe, easier to write?
So I started thinking about my own writing, since I am technically an author. Of one published short story, but still. Author. I digress, sorry! The point is I started thinking about my own writing and I realized that, while my characters are often perceived attractively, it’s not always for standard forms of beauty. My adult women have curves. There are struggles with clothing, hips, and hair. Problems I face every day 🙂 However, I think as I writer I see this as my opportunity to enter a little bit of a dream. So while my characters my not be rail thin, for example, I also don’t write them as plus size as I personally am. I love plus sized characters, but what dream is that for me? I live that life!
So I wonder, do you think authors create characters that fit a little bit of their own personal day dream? Is it less about preferring attractive people and more about the author’s own desires?
I also wonder if the idea of writing sex scenes with more plus size individuals proves a bit more of a challenge, though, too? I mean, what sex scene doesn’t describe lush curves, rock hard abs, yada yada? Would we as reader still enjoy it if there was a bit of padding? I think I would… right now I’m reading J.D. Robb’s In Death series and we’re getting a glimpse of Peabody’s sexual relationship, complete with padding and I’m personally enjoying it all the more for it. But I wonder if authors realize we’d like that too. Not exclusively, of course – I want some hard core sexiness sometimes too! – but sometimes a more relateable appearance can make the sex scene that much better! Do you agree?
So… what do you think? Why are books filled with attractive people? Do authors prefer them? Do they think we do? Do we?Meaningful, tweetable quote. Click To Tweet