Cynical Romantics
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Juliette23
I really bore of romances that constantly talk of beautiful Barbie heroines and rippling muscled, chiseled-chin heroes. I am looking for romances between people who either are described as ordinary looking, or overweight, or on the plain side, (or their looks aren't described at all!) so that the storyline is about the development of love rather than constant drivel about looks. I think its the whole Mary Sue thing that turns me off to these "beautiful people" stories, and I like reading about real, lasting love, and if they have romantic attraction, it's an "eye of the beholder" thing, just like in real life.
3/11/2012 #1
Deathhound7

On this site, or in general?

I haven't read anything on the site quite yet, I'm just browsing through, but I know what you mean. It's a problem in the romance genre in general. I can't say I recall ever reading anything at all that doesn't describe it's characters as ridiculously handsome, at least not anything with romance as it's main theme.

In any case, the only thing that really sticks out of my mind, is an anime called Toradora! The main protagonist is just a skinny teen, never described as particularly handsome, and actually tends to scare people because of the way his eyes look. The female is unusually short, and flat-chested. She's described as being pretty in the face, but that's pretty much it.

11/27/2012 . Edited 11/27/2012 #2
Music.Sets.Me.Free

I think that most of the stories are written by girls who wish they looked beautiful, so therefore they make their characters beautiful, so they can live their life through their characters. Sounds crazy, but that's what I think. Most of the characters are beautiful...

In MY story, the girls looks are never really mentioned. She's never told that she's pretty, so we kinda assume that she's not. Sure, she's the daughter of a model, but she said that she feels inferior in looks beside her mother. Check it out? "Ballad of Mona Lisa"

I'm trying to think of a few other stories, that i've read...http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2232281/1/None-Other-Than it's pretty fun to read and the main girl is awesome

and my all time favorite, completely non-barbie character is http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2935206/1/Hero-Complex

11/28/2012 #3
Deathhound7

Some of the stories I read were the complete opposite, they were wish fullfillment stories where the character of the opposite sex of the writer was this perfect person. I read a cheesy action-romance series that I borrowed from my sister, every book was basically th same story. The guy was some immortal who looked thirty, once had kids, and suffered some sort of tragic brutality in their distant past. They were always beefy. smdh.

The same series was overly descriptive of sex. I don't ming reading about sex, I especially like the suspence behind whether or not it's going to go down or not. This, however, was ten pages of boring text p***.

11/29/2012 #4
Fizzy Bath Bomb

hmm well, have you ever read angus, thongs and full frontal snogging?? It's really funny and the main girl isn't ever really described as attractive in fact she's always complaining about her looks! it's a book and it's the first in a fantastic series and it's by Louise Rennison.

good luck!

fizzy x

8/23/2013 #5
Poppy471

I get very tired of pretty characters. I usually give my own characters either the briefest description (blonde hair, or long legs, or curly hair) or no description at all. I do talk about their clothes though. You are born looking the way you look, but your clothes are an expression of who you are, who you want to be, who you think you are.

Another thing that bothers me is when people don't have normal names like Chuck or Diane... they are always Morgan or Forrest or Athena or Carrick or Keeley. I don't bother reading those.

9/28/2013 #6
Poppy471

double post, oops.

9/28/2013 . Edited 9/28/2013 #7
therealitywewanted

You're getting a lot of "check out my story," so I might as well have a go, right? It's only fair. ;)

Yeah...characters that are perfect in every aspect get boring very quickly. Admittedly, the male characters in my story are good looking, because well, they're in a band, but they have physical and emotional imperfections- one of them even has bipolar disorder. A subject that authors rarely address and when they do it's unrealistic. My female lead is average looking, not to mention snarky, selfish, and self indulgent.

So please give it a go.

https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3219190/1/Misery-Loves-Company

I mean, it's a drama- so there will be drama, but it'll make sense and won't cross over into teen angst land.

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10/16/2014 #8
therealitywewanted

You're getting a lot of "check out my story," so I might as well have a go, right? It's only fair. ;)

Yeah...characters that are perfect in every aspect get boring very quickly. Admittedly, the male characters in my story are good looking, because well, they're in a band, but they have physical and emotional imperfections- one of them even has bipolar disorder. A subject that authors rarely address and when they do it's unrealistic. My female lead is average looking, not to mention snarky, selfish, and self indulgent.

So please give it a go.

https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3219190/1/Misery-Loves-Company

I mean, it's a drama- so there will be drama, but it'll make sense and won't cross over into teen angst land.

10/16/2014 #9
Theoria

Just because a character is ugly, unlikable and the opposite of perfect doesn't make him/her more interesting. The most important thing is to be real. A character's physical appearance is not as important as his depth of character and the sincerity with which he is written, but it's still a part of him. You might even say that physical appearance is irrelevant - if you can't connect to a character you're reading about, it doesn't matter how pretty or ugly they are. It's their emotions, thoughts, and motivations that define who they are. Also, a character does not have to be beautiful to seen as beautiful by characters in the story. Suppose a little boy named Tim was asked to describe his mother. She could be plain, with grey hair and wrinkles on her face. But if Tim says she's beautiful, then we have to wonder why, and reconsider what beautiful means. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The problem is that certain authors are not investing in genuine character development... they're just writing out their controlled, one-sided fantasies that effectively strangles the life out of the story.

That being said, I still place an emphasis on describing my character's physical appearance. But it is one the last things I consider, with their decisions, beliefs, and dispositions being the most important things about them. I'm not going to exclude writing about "pretty people" but I won't write solely about them either. But there are pretty people in the world, and they don't have to look like celebrities to be beautiful. Sometimes, it just depends on how you look at them.

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