Seriously, how gorgeous is Cate Blanchett? GORGEOUS. And apparently she's going to be Maid Marian in a Robin Hood flick with Russell Crowe. Does this make anyone else want to squeal in a fangirly way as much as I do?
And there's Dixon, Quil's moody love interest. Tradition dictates that he ought to be tall, dark and handsome. With waving hair of midnight black and a furrowed brow that disguises the deep pain inflicted by his tortured pas....
But I was kind of thinking maybe he has red hair:
But then it occured to me that in addition to all of the crazy people in this book, there would be an awful lot of pale people.
And I can relate to this, being a natural blonde who would not look totally out of place at an albino convention. But I understand that pale-ies are not always viewed as the most attractive. Believe me, I know. I live in the Land Of Tanning Beds.
(Guilty admission: I used a tanning bed for about three months before my wedding. Almost no change. This led to the disheartening realization that for my skin there is either white or red. There is no in between.)The other thing is--and I don't know if this happens to you--but do you ever feel weird about making your main character look like you, even a little bit? I mean, I'm certainly no Cate Blanchett, but I do have the blonde hair and pale skin. It's like I don't want someone to read the novel and think that I'm secretly or subconsciously writing it about myself.
Which is stupid, I know. I just need to write the thing and not worry about it. But I don't usually feel like a character must look a certain way to make sense in a story. So she could look like anything, and now I'm making her look like me??
Do tell: how do you come up with your characters' appearances? Can you picture them in your mind immediately? And do you have any characters who look just like you? Does this weird you out in any way?