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Subject: Bad descriptions
Date Posted: 3/7/2008 2:25 PM ET
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Ever read a book and have the author give a bad description about the h/h and it ruins it for you?  For example, I read a Judith Ivory where she described the heroine as plump and waddling down the road.  Now, I have no problem with curvy women, but waddling down the road reminds me of a penquin.  And Robin Schone wrote once that the hero had an eagle's nose.  Huh?  Another author wrote that the hero had a bulbous Scottish nose and a craggy face.  Wth?

Date Posted: 3/7/2008 2:31 PM ET
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That was a problem I had with Beauty and the Beast by Hannah Howell. It's constantly mentioned how hairy and unattractive the hero is and it turned me off.  I don't expect every hero and heroine to be gorgeous. But the constant references their faults is distracting. 

I have the same problem with the people constantly described as beautiful too. I read one where her "emerald eyes" were mentioned in pretty much every reference to the herione.  I get it already, she has beautiful green eyes.  She has no personality. But her eyes are beautiful. 

Date Posted: 3/7/2008 2:32 PM ET
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I agree.  Somtimes that gets annoying, too.  I hate it when they have lavender eyes.  Who the heck has lavender eyes?

Date Posted: 3/7/2008 2:51 PM ET
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I've never been able to get pass the descriptive of the heroine looking like a wax doll in Devil in Winter. It's not the only reason I find that book overrated, but it doesn't help.

Date Posted: 3/7/2008 2:52 PM ET
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Yeah; I just ignore those and form my own mental picture. 

Date Posted: 3/7/2008 5:07 PM ET
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How about "she's so delicate I want to wrap her in tissue paper and put her on the shelf".  WTH?  Is she a china doll or a person?

Sherri

Date Posted: 3/7/2008 9:50 PM ET
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I"m with Claudia - I form my own mental pictures.

Now, what really bugs me is when there's inside/outside cover art and the h/h look nothing like how they're described in the book.  That will make me want to pull out my hair, lol.

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 8:24 AM ET
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Yeah Tonya, that really bugs me.......when the cover art shows a blonde and the author describes a brunette. ?????

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 9:17 AM ET
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Lavender eyes always gets me too...so does gray eyes. I don't think I've ever met anyone with gray eyes.

But at least there is description. I read a book lately where I didn't even learn the color of the heroines hair until the last chapter!

I don't like the mis-matching book covers either. I read one recently where the hero was supposed to be over 7 feet tall but the cover art had a man that looked WAY shorter than the heroine. I also saw a cover recently with a male vampire but in the story it was the woman who was the vampire.

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 12:50 PM ET
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Never met anyone with gray eyes, really? My husband has beautiful gray eyes!  Our son's are more blue. I'm so thrilled he got his fathers coloring.

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 2:02 PM ET
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Never saw Gray eyes in my life, or lavender.  It's almost weird sometimes when an author uses gray eyes and says they look right through you....almost like glass.  Kind of spooky, if you ask me.

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 3:20 PM ET
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I have grey/blue eyes, usually blue but sometimes (usually in the winter) they seem to go pretty grey.

I agree, some descriptions are just... wha? I also hate it when they just repeat the exact same listing of their physical description EVERY. TIME.  the H&H are together. I think my boyfriend is a handsome guy, but I do not look him over everytime I see him and think "His long, lustrous hair (which he does have, swoon!) makes my fingers long to touch it, while his amber eyes pierce through my very soul..." "Steph, you stopped eating and you have a weird look on your face. What are you thinking about?" "I'm drinking in your manly beauty dude, shut up!"

 

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 12:32 AM ET
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LOL My hubby has the most beautiful grey eyes. and our daughter has amazing purplish/blue eyes. I guess you could call them dark lavender.