By conventional beauty standards, that is.
It has been done to death. It’s lazy and boring
I know, I know, originality doesn’t exist anymore, but that doesn’t mean you should automatically default to what came before. I guess it’s a clichè at this point.
Visual shorthands are useful because they can convey a lot of information without actually spending that much time explaining them to the audience, plus they like figuring things out for themselves.
It goes back to the old chestnut of showing and not telling, but there are certain dangers involved:
Your story will be less predictable
Audiences are so used to this dichotomy, that it often gives away who the antagonist is way before they should know about it. By designing all your characters in a way that’s less common, you might be able to surprise your readers.
You are hurting people who aren’t conventionally pretty
Having variety of appearance is important, and by portraying the bad guys as the ugliest bastards on the planet, while having impossibly attractive good guys… yeah. You see where I am going with this? You can dodge this by having diversity on both sides.
Seeing yourself in fiction as a positive force is huge, and not being demonized for a change is even better.
This is one I’ve actually (admittedly unintentionally) subverted, I just realised. I have a character who starts out conventionally attractive and pretty much full-on evil. So far during his redemption arc he’s had his nose broken (and heal crooked) and lost eight teeth. He gets hit in the face a lot, it’s his own fault.
This is one of those tropes I realize I’ve never really thought about in regards to my work. temi contains maybe one description of a character throughout the whole story. the sequel has a different narrater and some descriptors, but still, very minimal.
I don’t know honestly, even if I described people, that this spectrum of good looks-good person would stand since honestly? everyone in termi is some sort of dick.
In other works though, I feel like beauty for the evil is very common? Maybe because the most recent books I’ve been reading are YA, but the antagonist is often an attractive dude
still can’t take it though when an evil attractive character is revealed as evil and thus loses their good looks in some way. That’s just a pain.
this is what i just picked up from the grocery store. it cost $32. Thirty. two. dollars. for 1 pineapple, 2 bags of grapes, a small container of raspberries, 1 soft drink and 2/$1 nuts….
do you know how much junk food i could have for $32? do you have any clue how much McDonald’s you can get for $32?
stop shaming fat people poorer than you or people poorer than you in general for not eating healthier. stop lying about how cheap it is or how it’s comparable to fast food. just stop.
ancient japanese proverb:
if his hair is white or gray
bet your ass he’s hella gay
"We’re gonna die in a fucking gulag, but man, it’ll be worth it."
I’ve heard bad things about SAO season two butis season one is okay?? I am going to start waqtching it now because I am bored wish me luck
Eyyy, guys, I hate to do this but I’m getting desperate!! I need 25 people to take this survey so I can gather the results for my statistics class by friday!
So far I’ve got 14, 10 of which were my family and 4 were other classmates (despite me sending it to 20 classmates. what a turn out, see if i take theirs. rude…i did take the ones that sent “done” and their own link back though. give and take)
It’s completely anonymous, and it’s only three really short really simple questions and shouldn’t take you more than five minutes.
Come on, I’ve got 499 followers, at least 11 of you should be able to help me out, right? :,D
I haven’t been talking much about my personal life here since I got a twitter wow
the short of it is that I work in a supermarket now and am in the process of joining a DnD group w a bunch of kids I don’t know
here we are kids
it’s finally over