Okay, last month I checked for city locations in the books I read, I said this month I’d keep track of hair and eye colour. Do you have any idea how often hair and eye colour are ignored? Trust me, often. First person is the worst, because rarely do people say “my blue eyes and blond hair looked great” so unless the love interest says “I love your blue eyes and blond hair.”, you’re kind of out of luck. However I thought I’d see how it went.
I analyzed 19 books (31 guys), some of them only had one hero described, but I figure for an overview that works. I combined some like amber in the brown eye category. I also discarded characters that only had one attribute such has hair colour but not eyes described.
The most common hair/eye combination was:
- Black hair/brown eyes (7)
- Brown hair/brown eyes (5)
- Blond hair/blue eyes (4)
- Brown hair/blue eyes (4)
- Black hair/blue eyes (3)
- Blond hair/green eyes (3)
- Blond hair/brown eyes (2)
- Brown hair/green eyes (1)
- Brown hair/gray eyes (1)
- Bald/blue eyes (1)
I think that mainly accounts for a few stories I read with Hispanic, black or Native American men, who tend to have the black/brown combination. But on the whole, brown/brown and blond/blue following closely behind as common combinations. I only read one bald character and he was shaved not natural and I've no clue what color his hair was.
If you go solely by color of eye/hair and not the combination.
Brown eyes - 14
Blue eyes - 12
Green eyes - 4
Gray eyes - 1
Amazingly not a hazel eye or a red head in sight. But I think the numbers are pretty much in keeping with the general population. There weren’t 15 green eyed blonds, despite the exotic attraction of the duo. So there you go, my color-coded reading life.
What to analyze next month? Not sure. Penis size? Recovery time between smexin' sessions? Underwear style/colour? That might be interesting. How often is underwear style/colour mentioned? Hmmm. :-) Something to think about anyway.