Friday, February 22, 2008

H is for Homely

This is a preview of the blogging on Synoptic Storm. It's a wonderful group effort with six of my best friends. The link is on the sidebar if you'd like to visit and read more. We're doing a letter a week and this was my 'this weeks' entry.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so they say. But it seems that most of society judges people solely on their external appearance. While my fellow blogger, Ciara, finds that once you get to know people, they can actually transform from homely to appealing based on their internal make-up, the secret is in getting people to look that deeply. Homely means plain, and people lacking the proverbial 'good looks' don't usually get noticed in a good way.

Television, billboards and magazine advertisements feed us mostly with 'beautiful' people representing the masses. How often do you see a 'homely' person selling wares, pitching make-up, or holding up their lackluster tresses to attest to the magnificence of a certain shampoo? Rarely, if ever. Even most romance novels, alas, portray the hero and heroine as creatures with attributes to make you swoon.

Which hero would you rather picture in your romantic mind:

Antonio leapt from the back of his majestic stallion, removed his helmet and combed his fingers through his black mane of curls. His broad shoulders heaved beneath his tunic, and his breath came in gasps from the exhilaration of the joust.

or

Fred slipped in a puddle of tomato juice and landed with a resounding plop. With exasperated gasps, he heaved his obese self to his feet and leaned on the counter until he caught his breath. He stared at the red spill on the floor, while picking at the wart on the side of his face. He didn't even have tomato juice in the house. Where had it come from?

Okay, while the mystery of the tomato juice may niggle your curiosity, let's face it...most women don't want to picture a fat man with a wart on his face no matter how pretty he is on the inside. *lol*

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