Early last year the lovely Kati of Katidom wrote a wonderfully articulate post on plus-sized heroines...or the lack thereof....in romance novels. The post got me to thinking...not just about the lack of plus-sized heroines but also about how heroines appear to reflect (and yes, I'm generalizing) those traits currently considered (not quite sure by whom) fashionable rather than what actually is in the real world. For example, how many of the heroines you read about are slim? And how many have thick curly hair? But I think my biggest beef is with eye colour...
I was tempted to go back through all of the books I have read since January 2008 (when I seriously started reading romance novels) and tally the eye colour of each heroine to provide you with some measure of proof that I'm not completely mad. Unfortunately, I haven't had time, but if you can cast your mind back through your most recent reads...how many of the heroines had eyes of blue, green, grey or hazel and how many had brown eyes? Is brown a bad colour? (And no, I'm not talking about hazel with flecks of green, etc. but brown....just brown.)
If I believed every romance novel I read, all heroines would have curly hair and light-coloured eyes. As a gal with baby-fine (yeah, I have serious issues about my hair) brown hair and the dreaded brown eyes, my chances of a HEA are obviously seriously reduced *grin*
So, I guess what I'm asking is this: is it just me or is there a serious disparity between the incidence of various eye colours? And if this disparity does exist, does anyone know why? Or am I going to have to suck it up and keep reading about flawless aquamarine eyes etc.