Friday, July 21, 2006

Random Thoughts About Facial Hair

So the Smart Bitches snarked these covers and it got me thinking - facial hair. Does it work in romance heroes? And if not, why? I don't think it works personally and a quick scan of recent releases which have herocentric covers shows that most authors agree with me. But why? We all know men who have beards etc. From the covers posted at SBTB, it appears that they did work in the past, but no longer do. Why? Thoughts?

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Okay, back to the all-important question of facial hair. Do you want it on your heroes or not?

14 comments :

not12complain said...

Nah... i prefer the clean shaven guys...even chest/body hair is not really my thing... pity... Pierce is such a hunk.

Nalini Singh said...

He's getting kind of old though *g* Just kidding. I still love Remington Steele.

Milady Insanity said...

A resounding No!

LOL. Emphatic enough, Nalini?

Nalini Singh said...

Gee, are you sure Milady?

Alison Kent said...

My hero has facial hair. Yum. :)

Nalini Singh said...

Hey, a vote for facial hair! Alison - is he on the cover?

Sara Hantz said...

I'm up for facial hair - as long as it's not too long. And hairy chest - as long as it doesn't creep over the shoulders and down the back.......

And a party works for me. I'll be about as far from Atlanta as you can get!

Yvonne Lindsay said...

First, I'm not going to Atlanta either :-(

Second, I'm married (for a loooooong time) to a guy whose nose is so important he had to underline it. Okay, I swore I'd never marry anyone with facial hair. I never believed in a million years I'd marry anyone with chest hair... I did. And y'know, it's not too bad ;-). Actually those covers look really dated. Like, Magnum PI era dated, back when moustaches were seriously sexy.

The above all taken into account... none of my heroes have noticeable body hair above the waistline (and certainly not my hero on my first release cover--he's mighty smooth.)

When's the party start? I'm up for it!

katie g. said...

I like some stubble. Not a beard, certainly no mustache or soul patch, but some rugged hair. The only problem that I see is that in real life it is not the most fun thing to kiss.

Emma Sinclair said...

The Hubster has a goatee, but I admit, I don't like it on my romance novel heroes.

I won't be in Atlanta, but I won't be home either - my brother-in-law is getting married.

Cynthia E. Bagley said...

I like hairy men. When I rub my hands down the chest, I feel a prickle go through my body. Yum ;-)

And, yes, my significant other has a beard. He calls himself the Anti-Claus.

Guys with no body hair remind me of adolescents. Give me a man everytime.

Sara Dennis said...

I'm not a fan of facial hair. Or chest hair, really, though I can handle stubble and a dusting on the chest. But my heroes aren't hairy, usually. Even my shapeshifters only have fur when they're in animal form.

Nalini Singh said...

Hmm, stubble and chest hair is fine with me. But I don't think chest hair can be done well on a cover - it always looks odd.

Cynthia E. Bagley said...

:-) Well, my preferences were always off the norm. LOL