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Re: what is it with black-haired boys?

Postby bentj96 » Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:26 am

Yes, good point. Black hair doesn't only make them stand out, but standing out generally means something special which makes that particular character deserving to be the main character. Actually about any eye color... I've never seen a black haired guy...that's not Asian, African or emo with black hair and brown eyes. But getting to the point...Having black hair and pale skin lets the author put in lots of depressing stories without making it seem OCC.
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Re: what is it with black-haired boys?

Postby 15bubbles » Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:49 am

I realized that too. By the way, in response to an earlier post, Percy has green eyes. :lick:

Also blondes normally would have pale skin and then there'd be too much to contend with racism. Brown seems a little too friendly? Maybe because of "mouse brown"? Red heads seem to to generally come with fiery girls and I suppose red heads seem to region-specific? *throws hands* I give up.
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Re: what is it with black-haired boys?

Postby opalkoboi » Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:57 am

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?

(for men)
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.
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Re: what is it with black-haired boys?

Postby lotrfan » Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:31 pm

I think guys who have black hair have at least a little dark-side in them. Also, recently I've noticed that almost all of my favorite book characters have black hair and a little bit of dark side,
Artemis, Fang (from MR), Murtagh (from Eragon), Zuko (not a book character, but still)...

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Re: what is it with black-haired boys?

Postby hyunjoonglovie » Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:01 am

Would it be completely irrelevant if I said black hair is hot?... But I have actually noticed alot of black haired guys (get ready for my list XD):
- Matt from the power of 5
- Artemis Fowl
- Percy Jackson
- Fang (maximum ride)
- Harry Potter
- Vladimir Tod
...The reason I listed them, is because all of these characters have something in common; they're background is (generally) mysterious, and they are all very seclusive/secretive and tend to have dark outlooks (this is general, I noticed PJ and HP don't really fall into this category).

For example, Alex Rider has blonde hair and even after everything he goes through in the series, he still seems to be a very bright character (lol, and his hair colour is symbolic of this?).

Then again, we could be reading too much into this, the author's like myself might just think black hair on a guy looks cool XD
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Re: what is it with black-haired boys?

Postby Frondish17 » Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:15 am

I am currently reading the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman and the main character, Caliban, has black hair as well. I have noticed that, and - what is more disturbing - I have done that in my own writing! lol I think black hair is kind of like an author's note in a way. "Look, people, this guy has black hair. If it's a main character, he's gonna be secretive, moody, dark, hard, cold, mysterious, or unearthly. If it's a side character, he's gonna be evil, the unexpected hero, the brooding type, or a traitor - and he's probably lying to you." Very stereotyping.
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Re: what is it with black-haired boys?

Postby 15bubbles » Sun May 22, 2011 9:15 pm

:laughing: One more thing to watch out for when writing!
But about the whole "Main character -- what it means thing"
Pereus Jackson breaks that one a bit. Not exactly secretive, moody, dark, hard, cold or mysterious. He is a demigod, though which could be counted as unearthly. But plenty others do fit this trend.
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Re: what is it with black-haired boys?

Postby evilopalrocks! » Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:33 pm

well, hair usally makes a personality wether you think you are judging by it or not... it's simply atuomatic...
if the hero is blond, you think he's suppose to be the totaly hot guy, if he's redheaded, you would think he's notty and easily pissed-off, and brown hair, well... it's kind of a in-the-middle color... (I have brown hair too...) so, black hair is probebly the best hair color for a hero....
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Re: what is it with black-haired boys?

Postby evilopalrocks! » Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:55 pm

it sort of shows a strong personality.....
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Re: what is it with black-haired boys?

Postby Tenzen12 » Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:49 pm

But there are two kind of black hairs.

1.Default hair - most of people on this planet have black hair so it saying he is also just human with normal needs.( HP)

2. raven hair - not as normal, show Heros dark side and coolnes.(AF)

I think it is important defferent these two types.

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Re: what is it with black-haired boys?

Postby Frondish17 » Sat Jun 04, 2011 8:30 am

very true. if it's RAVEN hair it is EXTRA special. XD
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Re: what is it with black-haired boys?

Postby evilopalrocks! » Sat Jun 04, 2011 7:32 pm

thank you Tenzen, I'm kinda new in these things...
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Re: what is it with black-haired boys?

Postby fullmetalflame » Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:20 am

Really it depends on the kind of book, whether it be an action drama, or a comedy, or even a romance
i have noticed that the boy with the almost black hair is strong and silent, or is smarter than he looks
but doesn't want anyone to know ( not thinking of Artemis here)
he lets people know he exists in different ways, be it a butt-whoopin of a lifetime or a simple nod of
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