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Subject: Authors who seem to lock onto one physical type
Date Posted: 6/11/2008 5:04 PM ET
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Anyone else notice this that some authors find a physical type and just stick to it like glue? 

I've read a whole lot of Diana Palmer books and all but one had a blonde/virginal heroine.  Historical and contemporaries.  One had a red headed heroine.  Almost all her heroes were half Native American and they were all dark haired.  Um you know some woman have dark hair and some men have light hair.

Now I'm listening to the Dark books by Christine Feehan on CD.  I listened to all of Dark Possession (out of order, I know).  I got the first 7 in a deal on ebay.  They were MP3CDs and I'm technoligically challenged.  I had a hard time getting them on to my IPOD.  So I listened to the beginning of a couple of them to make sure they were downloaded onto the IPOD and heard part of them on the computer. All her heroines seem to have blue/black-raven hair.  Most of her heroes too.  

Am I the only one who notices this and gets irritated by it?   

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 5:18 PM ET
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Date Posted: 6/11/2008 5:31 PM ET
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Ugh, JAK is bad for this! I rant about this frequently, and it does beat the alternative (where the heroine is heart-stoppingly beautiful) but I get so tired of all the not classically beautiful, interesting-looking heroines who might have a pointed chin or too full lips and almost always have chestnut or auburn hair. I guess like JAK herself? And the hero is always some hunk in nerd disguise, rugged and too fierce to be handsome, but is always intensely masculine.

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 5:57 PM ET
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I get so bored by this. I really prefer authors who provide some variety.

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 6:08 PM ET
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Weeeeellll...  I sorta like them tall dark & heartstoppingly gorgeous mens..:P  Some of the real standouts - Griffyn Renaud deVerdelay from The Last Arrow & Simon Dante from Across a Moonlit Sea by Marsha Canham,  Elliot March from The Bridal Season by Connie Brockway, Dain from Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase...  need I say more?  The blondes - bleh.  Well... except for Sebastian from Devil in Winter.  Now that guy...

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 6:11 PM ET
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And the hero is always some hunk in nerd disguise, rugged and too fierce to be handsome, but is always intensely masculine.

Hey now Grace, there's nothing wrong with that!  :-)

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 7:57 PM ET
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Dawn, I know! But I swear those descriptions are almost word for word. Check out your JAK or Amanda Quick collections and see if I'm not right. It's fine in small doses, but should come with the warning label, "Don't read too many in a row or you might think you're reading the same book!"

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 8:27 PM ET
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"Don't read too many in a row or you might think you're reading the same book!"

This is SO what happened to burn me out on Diana Palmer.

I haven't read any AQ books in a while.  I do love her Jayne Castle Harmony/Ghost Hunter series though, and yeah, you're pretty much on the mark there.  However, IMO it's not like reading the same story again and again, which is another problem I have with DP.

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 9:55 PM ET
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Rachel Gibson generally likes her heroines as tall and thin. Robin Schone tends to like Arabian type men.  And my biggest pet peeve has to be Judith Ivory.  For some reason she always makes her heroine plump in the chest and hips and then brags about how thin their waist and arms are.  Well, that sounds a little Betty Boopish, doncha think?  Really sets a strange image in my mind and I tend to skim over her descriptions.

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 10:03 PM ET
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I like tall, dark & handsome -- but how many guys are really 6'2" & over?  My DH is just perfect at 5'10". 

I don't see many men around the office with what I suspect washboard abs under their business attire.  That cracks me up - business men with bodacious bods!

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 10:06 PM ET
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LaVyrle Spencer never has the same description twice.  And her h/h are always average type people.

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 10:15 PM ET
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Gets pretty boring, IMO.

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 10:25 PM ET
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I dunno, I'm kinda of the let 'em be perfect if they wanna mindset.  If I wanted reality, I'd be fantasizing about the DH, and what's the fun in that?  I already bought that cow... er... bull:P 

Like, when you're hungry, why not order fresh beef?

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 10:41 PM ET
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I don't mind if they're physically perfect.  That's part of the fantasy.  But it gets confusing when you're reading a series and everyone looks alike.  Obviously if a series has siblings some are going to look alike.  But they don't have to be carbon copies of eachother.  I have a brother and a sister.  Dad is half-native american/half red-headed Irish.  Mom is very blond and fair.  I have fair skin/reddish blond hair. My sister looks like Pocahontas.  My brother has the dark skin  but mom's green eyes and red/brown hair.  I just find it hard to keep track of the characters if they all look alike.   

So far the way the characters are described the hero/heroine's all come off as looking like brother & sister to me. Maybe that'll change as I get further into the series. I did notice that the hero of one is blond so that's a nice change.  Helps make him stand out among all the Raven hair and coffee eyes.

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 11:49 PM ET
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I've noticed that even in family series, a lot of authors will make siblings so alike, they could be twins - and now that I mention it, look how many actually involve twins:P  I look somewhat like my sister, nothing like my brothers.  My boys, a blonde and a redhead, look nothing alike.  I've known many siblings in my life who shared certain physical traits with each other, but no, it's not realistic for them to all fit the same physical description.  I was thinking Mary Balogh's Bedwyn series seems pretty realistic in that sense.  There are similarlities here & there, but they all seem different.  That's the way it should be.

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 7:29 AM ET
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Like, when you're hungry, why not order fresh beef?

LOL!

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 10:32 AM ET
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"Don't read too many in a row or you might think you're reading the same book!"

"This is SO what happened to burn me out on Diana Palmer."

DITTO!!!