I spent a great part of my childhood dreaming of witches and warlocks, fairies and elves, leprechauns and immortals. I would imagine casting spells and travelling to my imaginary worlds but soon discovered the only way to visit them was through the written word… and as I grew older …through film. On my journey, I have discovered that while hero duds, fancy clothes and costumes and abs may do it for some, for me it is all in the eyes. Not of the beholder…but the wicked glint in the eye of the hero!
Long before the days of Harry Potter and Twilight…
In my early teens, my first foray into reading the supernatural was Bram Stoker’s Dracula. At the time of publication (1897) it was considered a straightforward horror novel and was the catalyst for fantasy becoming a part of popular culture.
Then I studied Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at university as part of an English Lit major.
In the same year as Dracula, Frankenstein came to the Hollywood screen and Boris Karloff had the eyes.
However one of my very own favourite versions of this classic is Young Frankenstein (1974)
Now I’m all grown up and now and have moved way past the folk of the Faraway tree and the Land of Secrets and the Enchanted Wood. Finished my high school reading and am done with university study and the classic horror novels.
But supernatural heroes still appeal …so let’s take a look at some more recent supernatural heroes with come hither eyes.
Let’s start with bad boy Jack Nicholson in the Witches of Eastwick. Now that was a set of bedroom eyes that worked with the ladies.
Now for a feast of more recent heroes with eyes that touch your soul…
And finally we can’t forget the beautiful Edward from Twilight…sigh.
You will always find a description of my character’s eyes in my stories.When I reflect on this, it is not something I do consciously, but something that comes naturally when defining my characters… so as an exercise of “eye” research, I initiated a word find on my upcoming release, a paranormal novella, Blind Lust (15 June) and was surprised to find slumberous brown eyes, beautiful eyes, dark and hostile eyes, deep blue eyes, soulful eyes, gray eyes, pleading eyes and eyes that sparked and glowed! (they are witches and warlocks after all!)
I can close my own eyes and picture each of my characters but never really thought abut their eyes when I wrote the narrative.
A good exercise for improving my craft!
So what does it for you? Who has your favourite eyes?
Johnny Depp wins for me, every time.