I had a conversation with a friend recently and the topic of how hot a certain male author is came into play. (You know who you are.) She claimed he only became “soooooooo hot” to her once she saw how “adorable” he was during interviews, thus causing a stir. Me? I don’t believe it for a second. It had to have happened before—reading his work because of the physical.
I mean, it’s not the first time I’ve heard it happening. How do you think I got some of my friends into John Green? Look, the back copy of Looking for Alaska failed to entice and you all know the old adage: desperate times call for desperate measures. I showed them
and voila. They bought the book. Simple as. (No they have not read it yet. But hey, royalties for John and culture for them. I can pour them the glass but I cannot drink it for them.)
So it got me thinking about the aesthetics. We can all agree that covers are the most important thing for first impressions, which is generally why it’s good if they don’t suck. But beyond that, what about the author’s looks? Do you reckon there is an author you wouldn’t love as much if they weren’t so damn pretty? What about personality? Any authors move you to buy or at least read some of their work simply because of either of those?
I have one! Granted, I’d have read Paper Towns anyway, but damn y’all, John Green can part oceans with those glasses.