Monday, July 26, 2010

She looks like what??

Stephanie over at Chronicle's of a Novice Writer had a wonderful topic last week about books vs. movies. How as readers we are often disappointed in the character choices.

It got me thinking. (my friend Nick would follow with - Oh geez)

What if what I imagine my character to look like is someone different then what you as readers would choose?

Isn't this a perfect time to play a game? Well I thought so! Below I've included a small snippet, nothing fancy, not much to go one but I want to see what your first reaction would be to the character, based soley on her attitude and way about things! I'll post what she looks like soon so you can see how close you were!!!

SNIPPET

Beaded necklaces are a girl’s best friend. At least that’s what I tell myself until my sixteenth birthday rolls around where I’ll get my very own diamond necklace. It’s been a family tradition for years.

“Royalty gets the best my dear Stella” my grandmother always said. Don’t go thinking I’m a princess, because I’m nowhere close, it’s something my grandmother desperately wishes for, she's just yet to realize that's impossible.

“Your first set of diamonds won’t be your last either dear, especially after you marry Prince Kensington” there’s the kicker, the plan. Regardless it would not be the end of diamonds because throughout the years you are given them at certain times; however my grandmother would prefer I just marry the highest of royalty, the prince himself. Problem you ask? I don't want too, but in life sometimes you don't get that choice.


END

So what does Stella look like??

49 comments:

VICTORIA SAAVEDRA said...

Hmm, I say a tall, statuesque blonde who wears a t-shirt and jeans (only because she has no other choice)with all of the jewelery she owns.

The English Writer said...

Blonde, pink, and elegant! Gosh, I've fallen right into the stereotype haven't I!!

Christine Danek said...

I'm going for the rebel girl with short dark hair, jeans, sneakers and a t-shirt.
Cute game!

Mina Carlisle said...

I see a girl with wavy hair that's blonde and she has a hippish, unconventional style of dress that she'd like to mix in diamonds with because she is fancy like that.

Piedmont Writer said...

I'm thiking blonde as well, although petite instead of statuesque, with a great smile and green eyes. I think she's more preppie in her dress but with that rebel attitude.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'm going for dark hair, royal blue streaks and trendy, designer clothes. She doesn't have much choice in what she gets to wear.

Aubrie said...

Blonde and petite with a heart shaped face. :) This was fun.

Crystal Cook said...

Hmmm, I'm thinking she looks like that girl who was on Enchanted. I don't know why, I really think that girl has the perfect princess face.

And that was just a cute movie :)
Fun game Jen!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Her voice is rife with confidence, so I imagine her as very pretty. Blonde came to mind first -- followed by Alicia Silverstone and Reese Witherspoon.

Christina Lee said...

Okay I going to go with red long wavy hair and designer clothes! This was great!

Tiffany Neal said...

I don't know why but I pictured tall with brown hair, brown eyes. Maybe it has something to do with Princess Diaries.

Hey and I LOVE this idea. May have to steal er, um, borrow it and then of course, give you credit for it.

Can't wait to see how she looks!

Meredith said...

I got the historical fiction vibe from this, so I pictured a girl in a Jane Austen style dress with dark brown hair, tall, pretty in an unconventional way. Fun game!

Creepy Query Girl said...

K, I haven't ready anyone else's cause I don't want to be swayed. Whenever I see the name 'Stella' or 'Stina' or 'Stacy'- any name beginning in 'st' really- I think of a dark haired girl with a light complexion and hazel eyes. The name and personality also make me think she's willowy and graceful on the outside but sharp and sarcastic on the inside. Fun game- can't wait to find out what she looks like!

Jaydee Morgan said...

Okay, I have a picture in my head. Can't wait to see if it matches!

Joanne said...

I see a tall, thin brunette, a little on the plain side. The beauty's there, but not revealed yet. With life experiences, she'll grow into the "princess" her grandmother sees.

Matthew Rush said...

Hmm, if a writer doesn't actually specify then it takes me a lot longer than a few paragraphs to come up with my own mental image of a character. With only this much to go off of I'm picturing Ella Enchanted and The Princess Diaries. Lazy, I know.

aspiring_x said...

ok, here's my guess... but even when there is a bunch of physical description, i often imagine the characters different than hollywood would cast them... here's what i imagined tall, graceful, exotic, often quiet, but nice... pic link:
http://www.imdb.com/features/comic_con/2010/galleries/comiccon2010_july23-rm1457029120

Boonsong said...

This is an interesting concept. Thanks for a stimulating post.

All the best, Boonsong

Diana Mieczan said...

Hmm...I think she is tall with a long wavy red hair:) I love love this:) Kisses,sweetie:)

Rachel Roushey said...

Curly dirty blonde hair (almost light brown), artsy but yet doesn't try harder than she needs to, a thin face with just a few freckles (to add character) and her fingernails and toes definitely are painted.

Teenage Bride said...

I say a blonde beauty who is starting to realize that what she wants in life is not what she has laid out for her. She is pretty, but she doesn't care about outer beauty... not too much anyway. She is adventerous, but still girly.

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

Dark hair. Shortish. Tries to hide her beauty with tatty jeans and T-shirts?

Amie McCracken said...

Awesome game, and I refuse to read others comments so I don't think what they think...

Short brown hair. Tall but slouches when her family isn't looking. Maybe a pair of glasses. And I can't figure the time, Jane Austen since we're talking princes and diamonds, or modern day. So I can't say what kind of clothes.

Laura Marcella said...

Shoulder-length brunette! She likes beaded necklaces, so I'd say she has a unique style: mis-matched chic with lots of color.

This was fun, Jen!

Summer said...

I picture her as fairly short, pale skin and deep auburn hair, with blue eyes. Of course, I've been thinking about her longer than this snippit. :D

Talli Roland said...

What a great idea, Jen!

I picture her as an English rose kind of girl, pale and blonde, but with big blue eyes and a strong core!

Interesting how people's perceptions change.

Cara said...

Hmmm, sounds like a redhead to me for some reason. Probably looks at her family and anyone involved with them with controlled annoyance. I also see green eyes, pale with a few freckles, and on the shorter side.

I can't wait to find out what she really looks like! :D

E. Elle said...

I'm kind of thinking blonde, not too short but not too tall, brown eyes, cute but not drop-dead gorgeous. I'm probably way off but, you know, that's part of the fun. :o)

Cindy R. Wilson said...

Oh my gosh, I love all these different ideas! My first image was of a girl with dark hair. Wide eyes (blue maybe) that are usually squinted in calculation. Definitely a generous mouth that's often quirked in one corner.

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Ooh great idea.

I'm thinking petite, blonde but not the stereotypical Sloane girl. Perhaps she's a bit more modern, casual than prim. I see her with green eyes too.

Angie said...

Yeah, I've got to say that I'm thinking blonde with lots of curls. She's a snappy dresser - no jeans for this girl. And maybe a bit busty. :)

Patti said...

That's a great idea. It's always interesting to see how other people might see your character. I see her as strong, tall, dark hair that's straight.

Susan Fields said...

This is a fun game! I'm going to try to answer without reading anyone else's comments, so here goes:

She's got dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, and a tan. She's medium height and thin.

Can't wait to see what she looks like!

Stephanie McGee said...

I picture her a brunette and on the petite side.

But then I did miss all sorts of character descriptions in books that I've read and had completely wrong notions in my head.

Lydia Kang said...

Ash blonde hair, pretty face, and medium height. Well, well. Looks like a lot of people are in the same ball park!

Rose Cooper said...

Okay, I scrolled past the other comments first so I wouldn't be influenced. She's a short, petite girl, with piercing blue eyes and long wavy red hair that she keeps pulled back into a simple ponytail. When she smiles, she reveals one dimple in her right cheek. She's a casual, low maintainace girl, wears tee's & jeans, but loves her jewelery.

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Medium height and willowy, with long brown hair that looks mousy unless she's outside where the sun picks up the most subtle of reddish highlights. She's not pretty in a Barbie doll way, but she's very attractive. She wishes she had less freckles.

LOL -- can't wait to read what she really looks like!

Kimberly Franklin said...

Hmm... I would picture her as a medium length, wavy blond with green eyes. She likes all things "pretty," which include anything pink or purple. LOL. Really, I haven't a clue. Am I even close??

Kristin Rae said...

Oooo fun! I saw curly blond hair piled up in a mess on top of her head... not too tall, but not too short.

Terry Stonecrop said...

Wild, long, dark hair and flashing brown eyes. Bohemian, in her outlook, and maybe in her style.

Fun post!

LTM said...

How fun! Since you introduced the whole princess idea, I immediately thought of Belle from Disney's Beauty & the Beast... LOL! :D

(Or Princess Diaries...)

The Words Crafter said...

Well, if it's expected that she'll marry a prince, then she's had some education and training. I'm thinking Anne Hathaway, first choice. Katherine Heigle second choice...

DL Hammons said...

Have you ever watched GLEE? That snippett reminded me of the pregnant cheerleader on the team (but of course, not pregnant).

careerminded05 said...

I imagine the character to be an emo girl. She is the total opposite of what her family wants her to be, dark asymmetrically cut hair, black nail polish, and a brow piercing. She knows the prince would never glance her way, so she focuses on being a good student.

Carolyn V. said...

Pink hair, tight mini skirt, awesome tattoo. Perfect!

Ashley Stone said...

I see Stella as classic looking, like a young Gwyneth Paltrow... golden blonde hair, high cheek bones, but fresh and still young looking. Fair skinned and slight in frame.

Eva said...

This is the coolest exercise!

I picture Stella short and petite, with small pixie like facial features. Ivory skin and blonde hair. A simple beauty.

I can't wait to find out what she really looks like.

Sara Louise said...

Tall, long thick blonde hair, blue eyes, thin but athletic...

Christine H said...

Interesting concept. I imagined a short, chubby brunette with sleek hair, stylish makeup, small mouth and stubborn chin.