I'm posting this thread out of simple curiosity after discussing this with my writing partner, KaTrian: I like books where characters are described in quite a bit of detail (like facial features), so naturally I also like to describe my characters in detail as well. For example, these are the things I've mentioned when describing one of my MCs: -pock-marked face -large nose -thin lips -nose closer to the mouth than average -chin-length hair -dirty-blonde hair color -three facial piercings (one on the right brow, two on the lower lip) -blue eyes In addition to those features, I mention her age, height, build (skinny/bony, bad posture, small bust), and general fashion sense (skater). Of course I don't list it all in one paragraph, but drop the details over the course of the story, a little here, a bit more there. Now that I think about it, all those details are revealed over the course of two full-length novels. When it comes to describing facial features, I tend to point out blemishes (e.g. the aforementioned pock-marks and piercings, possible scars etc) or other peculiarities that stand out, things you'd notice in a robber and then report to the police whereas I have a guy in another story whose face / hair I basically describe with "handsome, long, blond hair, blue eyes" because there aren't features that really stand out to me, i.e. no blemishes or other such peculiarities like facial tattoos, scars, or piercings. KaTrian generally prefers a more minimalistic approach (she can specify herself later on). Of course it would be nice if we could find a middle ground because we're writing together, but I'm afraid there will always be some discrepancies due to our personal preferences. Anyway, we started wondering how common is it to enjoy such detailed descriptions (am I 1:1 000 000 or 1:3 or what?). I never really gave it much thought and I probably won't change my ways regardless of how the votes / responses turn out, but I'm just intrigued if I'm a rarity here or just like half of all writers. So, here are rough descriptions of what the three options in the poll mean: Bare minimum: sex, build (tall, short, skinny, heavy), perhaps even the hair color or age Middle ground: same as the first option but throw in a few adjectives, a couple more details (like haircut, whether it's curly / straight / wavy, eye color etc), perhaps an oddity or two like scars, body modifications etc. Detailed: basically what I had for my character or more. The floor is yours.