Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Blonde Bombshells & Fiery Redheads

I want to do a mini-poll today. We've all heard the stories that certain types of heroes (and less often, heroines) appeal more to readers, so let's put it to (a very unscientific) test.

Which do you prefer?

a) Fair haired heroes
b) Dark haired heroes
c) No preference

And what about heroines' tresses?

a) Blonde
b) Brown
c) Black
d) Red
e) No preference


Emma Sinclair said...

I choose no preference to both.

Susan Abraham said...

Nalini, I too am comfortable with anything. But perhaps not a masquerading alien on the throes of romance at the moment...

Heather Waters said...

I much prefer a dark-haired hero to blondes (in both reality and story form) but I couldn't care less what the heroine looks like. I've written a couple of blond heroes, but oddly they never leapt off the page for me the way my brunette heroes did.

However, the ONLY hero I have difficulty falling for because of looks are redheads.

Milady Insanity said...

I prefer dark-haired heroes, but no preferences when it comes to heroines.

Blondes simply don't do anything for me. Note to self: Make sure that not all your male characters have dark hair. LOL.

How about you Nalini?

Melly said...

Heroes: c
Heroines: b+c only because otherwise the author tries to make her fit one of the many archtypes such as a fiery redhead or a bombshell blonde... ;)

Cynthia E. Bagley said...

Hi Nalini...

Sorry I have been so busy. I like dark-haired brown-eyed heros... The heroines need to be red or blonde. :-) I like the fiery ones.

If they are brunette, you can put a little walnut streaks in the tresses. LOL

Nalini Singh said...

Thanks for answering you guys. This is fun. Looks like the dark-haired guys are leading the pack at the moment.

Hmmm, me personally? I think I'm slightly biased towards dark-haired heroes, too, but I have just written two fair-haired ones, so that might be changing. *G* I guess with heroes, it's the old association of tall, dark and handsome.

For heroines - no preference, though I like writing long hair better than short.

Milady Insanity said...


I just did a short poll with a couple of friends. I broke the numbers into Asians vs Caucasians, and it seems that if you're an Asian, you're more likely to go for dark-haired heroes.


Nalini Singh said...

That is interesting - maybe a case of liking what we know?

Cynthia E. Bagley said...

Well, I am caucasian... VIKING.. LOL But my Dad is black Irish (at least he is dark-haired with blue eyes). Half of my brothers are tall, blonde with blue eyes.

So go figure.. My hubby is dark (now gray/white) with brown eyes. He is dark German.

Nalini Singh said...

Interesting family tree, Cynthia!

Allison Brennan said...

I liked dark haired heroes, but my heroines can be anything.

Karen Scott said...

I prefer dark haired heroes period. Dave Beckham is the only hot blonde I like, but even then, his is more of a dirty blonde.

no particular preferences for heroines.

Nalini Singh said...

Hi Allison & Karen!

Man, those dark-haired heroes are definitely leading the pack. Maybe I should collate these results so we can analyse them (accompanied by pictures of hot hero-type guys) ;)

Karen - Beckham is soooo hot in Japan. His image is everywhere!

Debbie said...

I definitely prefer dark heroes. I very rarely find blond men attractive - they gotta have something special to be hot!
Heroines can be anything, but I'd rather they have long hair than short.