The sixth movie in the Fast and Furious franchise opened this weekend. I didn't go on opening day but I am not only planning to see it, I'm a devoted fan of all the movies. (I revved up for the new one by watching ALL five previous ones!)
I adore Vin Diesel (and have since Boiler Room--which if you haven't seen, stop reading now, and go rent) and fast cars.
Now that The Rock is in the movies, well they're even better.
Surprised? Don't be. Most people have little oddities that make them much more interesting than what they look like.
So yes, I read the poem of Richard Blanco and at the same time I love the spoken word/hip/hop work of Ice-T and Jay-Z and a couple other guys who are going to be horribly embarrassed to find out I'm a fan.
What does this mean to you, other than recommendations for films and poems?
When you describe characters, particularly as you're introducing them, think about what makes them interesting. Generally it's NOT the color of their eyes or hair, and unless YOU are a one-dimensional reader, their hotness (is hotness a word?)
So "blonde bombshell" fails unless you mean color coded ammunition. Sexy, hunky, and all that stuff does too.
An unpublished manuscript from a client featured a character who waxed his trailer. More than anything else that told the readers everything we needed to know about the guy. Of course he was VERY hot too, but that wasn't the first thing we learned about him.
Introducing characters is like introducing people. You wouldn't say "Hello, I'd like to introduce you to Janet Reid, she's short, myopic and drinks a lot of Scotch on the job" would you? I think it would be much more interesting and important to know that I love Vin Diesel, and hip hop, and the poems of Richard Blanco. In other words, what makes you your character not your attributes.