Here's a question. Race of character (or more to the point colour)........does it matter if culture is not important. Basically I ask as I read some books and some heroes are not given a specific colour or race. Harry potter is never described as White per say (as far as I'm aware, and if you read it with out the cover picture what would you think? I dont want to write in my novel mentioning my characters skin colour. For no other reason than I don't mind what the reader interprets it as. Sure when culture gets involved or racist issues then I mention it. I mean we describe hair, clothes nose but how often do we mention the colour? Is it because we see a part of ourselves in the hero/heroine and deem it irrelevant? I admit my hero is in my mind white, but only because i am, But since i haven't really mentioned his colour i would not mind if people read it as black or Asian.