Monday, August 29, 2016

Beautiful People: August 2016

Last week, I didn't have a chance to participate in A Novel Idea. It was a really intriguing yet diffcult prompt, but I ran out of time and energy. Maybe at some point I'll go back and do it just for kicks and giggles, but for today, I'm finally completing August's Beautiful People questions. (I can't believe I've waited this long to do it!)


This month the questions are focused on character appearance. Many characters came to mind when I was trying to decide which character to spotlight, but I wanted to introduce someone new--someone with intriguing appearances. Thus I've settled on two characters from my library story, The Secret Library Society. Since I'm still working out the kinks from last November, I thought it fitting to get to know these two in particular.

Meet Recto and Verso, twin siblings that are The Library's Pages. (Pages here refers to the person whose job it is to shelve books.) Together, they guard the Library from outsiders and make sure things within the Library are in order. They're twins, but they are opposites in almost every way--fire and ice, black and white, optimistic and pessimistic. They're quite fun, and I loved meeting them. (Verso, especially, surprised me when I wrote.) In addition, their names literally mean "right page" and "left page" of a book. Clever, eh?

Give a brief overview of their looks. (Include a photo if you want!)
Recto: Think "tall, dark, and handsome" and you've got Recto. He has dark hair, dark eyes, dark clothes. The only thing about him that isn't "dark" is his skin; it's pale. (Side effect of working in a library, right?)

Recto with his "time" discs.

Verso: She's the opposite of Rector; she is all light. She has ice blue eyes, pale skin, and high cheekbones that could probably sharpen knives. She prefers to wear all white, even down to her boots and the shade of her nail polish. The only thing that isn't "white" about her is her hair; it's dark like her brother's.

Picture that figure but in all white. Even a white cape.

Share a snippet that involves description of their appearance.
Recto:
"His eyes were dark, almost black. They gleamed. He wore a long, dark trench coat with a vest and tie beneath, all black. Even the gloves on his hands were black[...] The man was clean-shaven but his hair flopped across his forehead in waves of dark shades." 

Verso:
"Her eyes were an icy blue, and they pierced Arthur’s skin with the feeling of coldness. Her skin was flawless white. Only her hair, which was dark, contrasted against her figure. It was pulled back into a distinguished twisted bun."

What is the first thing people might notice about them?
Recto: His tall stature.

Verso: Her cold eyes and sharp cheekbones.

What are their unique features? (Ex: freckles, big ears, birthmark, scars, etc.)
Recto: His eyes are dark black with a small hint of embers burning inside, like hot coals. When he gets mad, agitated, or excited, the fire burns brighter. He also has impressive eyebrow game.

Verso: In addition to her rigid cheekbones, she has flawless skin. There isn't one blemish or freckle or scar to mar her skin. She also has a cute nose. As cute as Anne Shirley's nose.

How tall are they? What is their build (Ex: stocky, slender, petite, etc.)
Recto: He's tall. Like 6'5. And he's slender. He's one of those tall, skinny types that probably would eat a lot and gain nothing and then eat more. And yet, he still has some muscle to him where he can jab his sister in the side with his bony elbows and leave annoying bruises.


Verso: She is also tall. Around 6'3. She is slender with flattering curves.

What is their posture like? How do they usually carry themselves?
Recto: Unless he's walking, he's usually slouching or leaning against something (a bookshelf, a doorway, etc.). But when he walks, he walks like he's on a mission with straight strides and level shoulders.

Verso: She never stoops to Rector's "lazy" habits. She always holds herself with sophisticated grace. Her shoulders are rolled back, her chin is up, and her body is in perfect posture.

Your character has been seen on a “lazy day” (free from usual routine/expectations): what are they wearing and how do they look?
Recto: He doesn't have a "lazy day," but if he did, he'd probably be in sweatpants, a baggy t-shirt, and a robe two sizes too big, with bare feet and messy hair, looking like he just woke up for a 12-hour nap.

Verso: She would, of course, still look put-together if she had "lazy days." Not one hair on her perfectly chiseled head would be out of place.

I like to imagine that Verso wears this one her lazy day and also does this in her free time.

Do they wear glasses, accessories, or jewelry on a regular basis? Do they have any article of clothing or accessory that could be considered their trademark?
Recto: Sometimes he wears a hat, and he always has his trademark pocket watch "time" discs on him.

Verso: Occasionally, she'll wear glasses, especially when learning a new book trick. She wears a bracelet cuff on her left wrist, which has a built-in watch and book essence calculator. She also has a necklace pendent that holds a bit of book essence in case of emergency.

Have they ever been bullied or shamed because of their looks? Explain!
Recto: He doesn't get out much, but Verso is always rolling her eyes over his clothes or posture or something he probably did wrong.

Verso: No, never. If anybody dared to bully or shame her, they would pay. So no one would dare.


Are they happy with how they look? If they could change anything about their appearance, what would it be?
Recto: Yeah, he's perfectly fine with how he looks. Anyways, he doesn't have time to worry about his outer looks, he has The Library to guard!

Verso: She knows she's already reached perfection. There isn't one thing she would change, except maybe that she looks so much like her brother.

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