Disclaimer: I’m just having a bit of fun here. Don’t take it too seriously. So. . . after reading through a good many novel starts, (from a half-dozen sites over the past year or so) I’ve noticed a certain trend. All too often, the writer begins with superficial detail, a laundry list of physical attributes that I simply must know about. Chiefly among them, especially from women, is the eye colour. What is it about eye colour? Even without the usual list, eye colour is apt to make an appearance on the very first page, if not within the first few paragraphs. I don’t know if she’s anorexic or big as a house, an amazon goddess with legs to heaven or an especially diminutive dwarf, a goth-punk hybrid or a trippy hippy, but I know she has lovely forest-green eyes. Forest green, mind you; not merely “green”. Never that. The eyes, people. The eyes are important! But why? I think what bothers me most about this is that it truly is superficial, more so than any other physical detail. Nobody has any control over their eye colour, and it has no notable influence on personality whatsoever. Hair style could tell me something. The colour of nail polish, unusual weight, even height could hint at character psychology. But the eyes? Nope! Eyes are all about author psychology. When I encounter this little detail, I inevitably find myself wondering what the author associates the colour with, what personality our character is "supposed" to have, based on this artificial factor. It strikes me as a writing blunder, to make me think of the author and not the character. What are your thoughts? Leave it out unless called for? Is it critical for me to know? Why? If you think it’s important, why is it important? My poor male brain. . .