ILiveForTheDay wrote:Basically what has been said here, Black is strong, can be dark, dominant etc, etc.
But other than black hair has anyone noticed how hair+eyes are stereotyped in books?
ex. blonde hair + blue eyes = total hottie everyone wants to date this guy
ex. Brown hair + brown eyes = really deep guy, is always nice, can always trust him
ex. Black hair + whatever colour eyes = the 'bad' guy in the story, can't trust him
ex. red hair + blue eyes = the class clown, always seems to come from Ireland
It gets even worse with girls!
I guess appearance is used by authors to reflect personality, eg if there is a feiry charater you'd give him or her red hair.
Although I must admit I've not seen any main charaters with red hair. Surely, if it's a rare hair colour then it would help to show something special in the charater eg if the main charater has some magical powers.
Other than that, I think authors avoid brown hair and brown eyes because it's plain, and they want their charaters to "stand out" as it were. So they'll use black or blonde hair, as often authors don't see inbertween shades, so when discribing a charater they just use soild hair colours (black, blonde ect). They won't use red often, because it's rare, and I think authors hate gingers :/ XD
Although what you said about people in books with red hair and blue eyes I disagree with. Although I can see how authors would make people from scotland and Ireland ginger, as I mentioned before, in books apperance reflects personality.