We use Amazon Associate links to help support the site and the work we do.

Discussion: Writing Ugly

beauty-1

Today’s topic comes from QSFer Hank T. Cannon:

Ugly protagonists in fantasy: having a non- classically pretty heroic character and not being condescending or smarmy about doing so.

OK, so I admit it. I like writing and reading about “pretty” people. Most of us do, and so our characters are often tall, muscular, and blond with blue or lavender eyes.

But does pretty ever get boring?

So my questions today: As a writer, have you ever written ugly characters, or at least ones with visible physical flaws? How do you make these characters sympathetic? And as a reader, do you enjoy reading about characters who aren’t Greek gods?

close

Join Our Newsletter List, Get 4 Free Books

To view our privacy and other policies, Click Here
Please consider also subscribing to the newsletters of the authors who are providing these free eBooks to you. We are only able to offer them through the generosity of these QSF authors. You can always unsubscribe at a later date if you don't find anything of interest to you.
Once you submit this form, check your inbox to confirm this addition if you joined our newsletter list.

Leave a Comment