So, this is something I’ve been musing over for a while, and now, I put it to you.
As an author, I tend to not describe my characters too much. I sometimes add hair colour, eye colour, whether they wear glasses, have braces etc. But, the idea of writing someone’s colour has never occurred to me.
I simply never describe the skin tone of a character unless completely necessary for example;
he was a stark constant to Skylar, especially with his ivory skin tone against Skylar’s more olive skin tone – Ashton (2017)
Other than statements like the one above, I tend to avoid the idea of writing colour. I like to leave that up to the person reading the story, if they want to see one of my characters as a tall, thin, white boy feel free, if they want to see them as a short, rounded Asian boy, do so, I want people to read my characters how they want to, not how I dictate it.
Of course, I’m aware of diverse writing, but I often wonder if pushing it so much makes the story less enjoyable, less relatable.
But, now, it comes to you, which do you prefer,
Readers: Reading and knowing the colour or ethnically of a character? Or not?
Authors: Writing your exact image, your picture in your head? Or not?