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Chibiabos83

Sex appeal

Just a bit of fun, I hope. We're all enjoying the ins and outs of comparing authors' writings, but how do they compare in the looks department?

Dead authors tend to be rather unsexy in appearance, even during their lifetimes. Austen is a prime example, and George Eliot wasn't exactly what you'd call crumpet. The men tend to have alienating facial hair. Perhaps this was intended to compensate for a general lack of facial attractiveness. Maybe if these people had been more beautiful they would not have found the time in their hectic social lives to write the books we know and love today. Hardy looks particularly dour. George Orwell looks like a third Chuckle Brother. Emily Bronte would probably beat Zola if we were judging them physically.

Some authors look quite approachable, though.

Dickens in his youth was quite dashing:


Tolstoy, before he grew his various manic beards:


Georgette Heyer in flapper mode:


Neil Gaiman looking a bit windswept and considerably more alive than most of the competition:


J.R.R. Tolkien looking lovely in his old age:


I think Philip K. Dick looks intelligent:


And the less said about Agatha Christie the better:


Do you have any favourite interesting-looking authors?
TheRejectAmidHair

Re: Sex appeal

Chibiabos83 wrote:
The men tend to have alienating facial hair.


You're treading on thin ice, mate....

Chibiabos83 wrote:
Perhaps this was intended to compensate for a general lack of facial attractiveness.


Right! This means war!
Chibiabos83

I hoped you wouldn't pick up on that, Himadri. It was not written as an assault on any people currently posting here. Your own beard is a thing of magnificence, and surely prefigures your eventual replacement of Tolstoy as the greatest author known to humanity. (I hope that's grovelly enough.)
TheRejectAmidHair

Well, actually, you're right ... I did start growing my beard when it seemed I was about to develop a bit of a double chin...

Anyway, authors. Here are a few Southerners:

First of all, here's Carson McCullers:

I think I rather fancy her.

Now here's William Faulkner:


The photographer here is Henri Cartier-Bresson. Faulkner looks quite majestic here.

Here's Flannery O'Connor:

Those glasses really do nothing for her, do they?
Caro

Neil Gaiman does look lovely, doesn't he?  But too late to change my vote and anyway I have no reason to think Anthony Trollope was not attractive.  Byron is surely (though not part of this competition) considered the one with sex appeal par excellence, though.  

I think Agatha Christie was not unappealing in her youth.  You've just deliberately chosen an awful photo, Gareth!

Cheers, Caro.
Apple

Thats really interesting Chib I had no idea what any of them looked like!

Dickens: Is that really him? he looks a bit effeminate - and that hair do does nothing for him! another pretty boy!

Tolstoy: He's a bit severe looking

Georgette Hayer: she just looks like a typical 20's/30's stereotypical woman - shes very pretty though

Gaiman: Hmm not bad!

Tolkien: Aah - he looks like a lovely bloke!

Dick: Yes he does look intelligent I don't like bearded men though I always think it looks like they have something to hide plus when you try and kiss a bloke with abeard its like trying to kiss a gorse bush yeuch! (no offence Himadri)

Christie: Yikes! (dig those specs!)
Apple





Emily Brontë who produced but one novel, the fabulous Wuthering Heights (1847), a highly imaginative novel of passion and hate set on the Yorkshire moors, little is known about her and her single novel darkens rather than solves the mystery of her spiritual existence.

Well.. I had to do it! - I think she was very pretty, (not to mention a superbly talented writer, who died tragically young).

Here is a better one of Charles Dickens the best author that ever lived (in my humble opinion)


county_lady

Caro wrote:
Neil Gaiman does look lovely, doesn't he?  But too late to change my vote and anyway I have no reason to think Anthony Trollope was not attractive.  Byron is surely (though not part of this competition) considered the one with sex appeal par excellence, though.  

I think Agatha Christie was not unappealing in her youth.  You've just deliberately chosen an awful photo, Gareth!

Cheers, Caro.


Here is A Trollope!


and my preferred one of Agatha Christie
Chibiabos83

Yes, I couldn't find any young ones of Agatha, but I confess I didn't choose the most attractive...

I think Dickens looks rather handsome, and like the hair very much - but that's just my taste.

Himadri, that's the first photo of Carson McCullers I've seen where she doesn't look entirely like 1980s television puppet Pob:

Gino

Mary Shelley



Here is the author of a much superior work to 'Wuthering heights'.
TheRejectAmidHair

Agreed - Mary Shelley is gorgeous. But Frankenstein struck me as no more than a good idea inadequately executed.
Chibiabos83

Yes, I'd definitely put WH ahead of Frankenstein.

My favourite ad yet:

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rid of embarrassing facial hair.
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Apple

There is no way on this earth Frankinstein is better than Wuthering Heights (in my opinion!) - it was a good book when I read it but it lacked something and I was left feeling very underwhelmed by it.
MikeAlx

This is one of my favourite Philip K Dick photos:



PS Tolstoy looks a bit like a young Paul Simon.
MikeAlx

Not exactly sexy, but Edith Sitwell was extraordinary looking:

Chibiabos83

Thanks, Mike - I nearly posted that PKD one, but thought it might be a bit big alongside all the others I was posting. A lovely picture, if you can stand cats (probably not one for E/V, then...).
Gul Darr

How about Evelyn Waugh; what did she look like ?  Wink
Evie

PKD does look intelligent, but is not attractive - at least, not sexy.  Mind you, next to that cat...that animal is pure evil!!

Here is Trollope at 40 - makes me think I must look young for my age!

Evie

Have always thought Rimbaud was cute:

MikeAlx

Sorry Evie - I don't think he was into girls!

What about Rupert Brooke?:

Evie

That's never stopped me, Mike!!

Yes, Brooke was OK - not sexy for some reason, can't explain why.
Evie

Speaking of poets, they don't come much sexier than this one:

MikeAlx

A young Pinter... (milking the pensiveness a tad?)
MikeAlx

H.G. Wells had good taste. This is Rebecca West:


MikeAlx

Crazy facial hair - not just the preserve of Victorians/Edwardians:

Isaac Asimov:


Richard Brautigan:


Georges Perec:


(none of these on anyone's sexy list?  Wink )
Evie

I don't know how it is for men (obviously), but to me, sexiness is not just about looks (though it can be!), it's as much about personality.  So Georges Perec, for example, looks like someone that I might well be attracted to if I got to know him - and he looks like someone I'd like to get to know.  People have to look interesting to be sexy.

David Beckham, to go back to the origins of this thread, is not the most handsome man in the world, though he is lovely; but it's a combination of his looks and his just being so sweet that makes him sexy.
Chibiabos83

Hear hear to all of that! and to Rebecca West - I'd love to have known her.
Apple

Found this...




Lord Byron

talk about mean & moody!

(actually this picture is sort of like the image I had in my head of how Heathcliffe would look!)
MikeAlx

Perec certainly looked like the 'face of Oulipo' - intellectual, playful and slightly bonkers!
Chibiabos83

Joe Orton:
Evie

'Intellectual, playful and slightly bonkers' - what more could a girl want?! Cool
MikeAlx

Rich?  Wink
MikeAlx

I'm always slightly surprised to find Joe Orton doesn't look exactly like Gary Oldman - which probably says something about how good 'Prick up your ears' was...
Gino

Here is Ms Waugh

Chibiabos83

I see you chose a pre-op photo.
Gino

I expect I am "telling my grandmother how to suck eggs" but if you want to send a picture that you have found on Google etc there is no need to load it and then send it to photobucket just enclose its URL between img tags and it will go.
Ann

What is an img tag, Gino? (I realise I am embarassing myself by showing my computer illiteracy)
Gino

The little box near the top right is the img tag, you need one before and one after the URL you have cut and pasted in.



[img]URL of picture you have sourced[/img]
lunababymoonchild

Apparently this is H G Wells


and this is Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager


Muriel Spark




I though Lord Byron was very attractive!

Luna
Chibiabos83

Luna, your top picture appears to be H.G. Wells as played by Michael Sheen. He also does a very good impersonation of David Frost, as witnessed live at Sunday's BAFTAs, and his Kenneth Williams isn't bad either.
lunababymoonchild

Oh.  Sorry.  Here's the real H G then



Luna (isn't it?)
Apple

Michael Sheen - wasn't he the guy who played Tony Blair and people said he was more Blair than Blair?
Chibiabos83

He was an excellent Blair in both The Deal and The Queen. He seems a very good mimic all round, in fact.
miranda

That photo of a young PK Dick.........corrrrr........... love10


That is my type!   I don't like pretty boys....
Caro

Goodness this thread has certainly show where your interests lie!  

I like some pretty boys (thought the picture of Dickens was lovely) but mostly like dark, handsome, smouldering (like James Dean or Elvis, though neither of them was an author as far as I know).  http://www.jessiecasson.com/blog/...s/2007/11/emily_perkins_11_07.jpg

I wonder if this will work.  It is of Emily Perkins, a NZ writer (now in Britain?)  If it does I might send a couple of others.

Cheers, Caro.
Caro

Ah, no used the wrong thing.  Try again.  
Sandraseahorse

Cute poet?




Murray Lachlan Young
Caro

Janet Frame, young and old - not a real beauty.

[img]Katherine Mansfield[/img]

[img]Witi Ihimaera[/img]

[img]Maurice Gee[/img]

People have a little difficulty equating Maurice Gee's generally niceness (which you can see from his photos) with the dark side of family life he tends to portray.

Cheers, Caro.

Now I've got the hang of this I will want to do it forever!
Caro

Caro

Oh, that was Maurice Gee.  This is Katherine Mansfield.  





Witi Ihimaera
Chibiabos83

Ted Hughes:

Caro

Mmmm, he's lovely.
Apple

Mmm now him I like! and that guy who Chib put up in the first post - Neil Gaiman.

(still neither not as good as Vin Diesel though!)
Evie

Umm...are people still posting images of writers with sex appeal, or just posting images of writers...?
Chibiabos83

Well, I've been trying to stick to sexy ones myself, but all writers are welcome. I did say "interesting looking" in my initial post...
Apple

and I just used the opportunity to try and tout a few votes for Bronte!!!
TheRejectAmidHair

This one is certainly not sexy by any stretch of the imagination, but Ibsen surely wins the award for the weirdest facial topiary!

Apple

Those whiskers look like the brushes you get on the front of road sweepers!
Chibiabos83

Some research finds American writers on average more fanciable than others.

Christopher Isherwood:


Dorothy Parker:


Jack Kerouac:


J.D. Salinger:


Jean Rhys:


James Agee:


John Irving:


Paul Auster:


and Rupert Brooke (again):
lunababymoonchild

Sandraseahorse wrote:
Cute poet?




Murray Lachlan Young


Gordon Bennett!  Where did you find him and, more importantly where can I find him - he's GORGEOUS  love5   Oooooh, I've come over all faint.

Between him and Neil Gaiman, *big sigh*

J.D. Salinger looks like Rock Hudson in that photo, Chibiabos, don't you think?

Luna *and James Agee, mmmmmmm*
Caro

Is Christopher Isherwood American?  I didn't know that.  Or have I misunderstood something?  There are some rather gorgeous men here, I must say.

Cheers, Caro.
Chibiabos83

No, he's English, and so is Brooke. Sorry, I wasn't clear enough. But the Americans are rather handsome (I like Kerouac).
miranda

I bet James Agee has got bright blue eyes!
Evie

I nearly posted a picture of Kerouac earlier - I quite like him too, though there is something not quite there...can't put my finger on it.

Here is the lovely Richard Ford in his younger days:


And a more recent photo:
Caro

He's good.  He's got Paul Newman eyes.  But none of them have bettered Neil Gaiman yet (how much is that because of the moern photography, I wonder).

And why doesn't the lovely style of the twenties for women come back into fashion - they all just look so delightful.

Cheers, Caro.
Chibiabos83

I'm loth to disrupt the discussion, but has anyone here read anything by James Agee? I only know him from the screenplay he wrote for Charles Laughton's magnificently creepy adaptation of Davis Grubb's novel The Night of the Hunter, but his novels seem to have undergone a resurgence in recent decades and are still read nowadays. Sadly he died of a heart attack at a very early age.
MikeAlx

Caro wrote:
Ah, no used the wrong thing.  Try again.  

Quite pretty, Caro, but a bit too thin for my taste.

The flapper look is definitely sexy; I still think Rebecca West is the best from that era.
Evie

Chibiabos, I have never even heard of James Agee, but have seen Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter - utterly marvellous - still haven't read the novel though.

Mike  - I agree, Rebecca West is gorgeous and interesting-looking - definitely the pick of the bunch.
Evie

Despite my admiration for Rebecca West, I have always wanted to look like Virginia Woolf:

Chibiabos83

I'd recommend the novel of Night of the Hunter, E/V. I think the film is quite the equal of the book if not its superior, but there are bits of the book - particularly one interior monologue towards the end, which suggests the emotional turmoil felt by the boy - that the film cannot communicate. I read it around the same time as Paper Moon by Joe David Brown, another really good book turned into an equally good film. Some of these minor US writers are worth getting to know!
lunababymoonchild

miranda wrote:
I bet James Agee has got bright blue eyes!


I was thinking that but I can't find any colour photos of him, so we'll never know.

Richard Ford hasn't changed much has he?

Luna
MikeAlx

Elizabeth Smart:

I'm sure I've seen better pictures than this, but google images is swamped with pictures of another Elizabeth Smart, so it's not easy to find ones of the novelist/poet.
Caro

If that new avatar is of you yourself, Mike, then what with that and Himadri's lovely picture there are people on this board who make attractive not to say sexy writers (in whatever capacity) right here.

And I bet some of the young women here would give lots of the female authors a run for their money too.

Cheers, Caro.
Apple

I'd just make people run screaming!
Ann



I bet this doesn't work, but in case it does it is John Masefield whom I have always thought rather attractive for his age Smile
Ann

Yippee I did it! thanks, Gino.
storrrm

Here you go girls...
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miranda

Who is it?
Caro

That's what I was wondering, Miranda, but I didn't like to ask, in case it was so obvious we were all supposed to know.

Cheers, Caro.
MikeAlx

Well the filename 'gaiman.jpg' is presumably a clue...  Wink
Caro

Where's the file name?  I can't see that.  But should probably have been able to connect him with the last photo, of course.   He's a very attractive man.  (But then I didn't mind Richard Braunias or whatever his name is either - reminded me of all those Robert Redford lookalikes in the 70s who I liked a lot.)

Cheers, Caro.
Apple

There isn't a filename on the pic! but all the same not bad!
bookfreak

Nice dog anyway.
Chibiabos83

If you move your mouse over the picture the filename may show up at the bottom of your browser. If you right-click on the picture and look at 'properties' it shows the filename as gaiman.jpg. And if you left-click on the picture it should open in a new window with the url ending as gaiman.jpg. So all the evidence points to Gaiman Very Happy

I was stumped myself until Mike pointed it out...
Evie

Doesn't do much for me, not unattractive, admittedly, but boring...and I don't like dogs.
lunababymoonchild

I worked out it was Neil Gaiman, by doing all of the things that Chiababos suggested.

Very attractive.

Nae wunner the dug's got a dayglo orange collar on, how do you find that in the snow?

Luna
MikeAlx

Evie wrote:
Doesn't do much for me, not unattractive, admittedly, but boring...and I don't like dogs.

So if you're not a cat-person, and not a dog-person, what kind of a person are you Evie?  Wink
county_lady

MikeAlx wrote:
Evie wrote:
Doesn't do much for me, not unattractive, admittedly, but boring...and I don't like dogs.

So if you're not a cat-person, and not a dog-person, what kind of a person are you Evie?  Wink


It seems to me that Evie is a person person. Very Happy
MikeAlx

county_lady wrote:
MikeAlx wrote:
Evie wrote:
Doesn't do much for me, not unattractive, admittedly, but boring...and I don't like dogs.

So if you're not a cat-person, and not a dog-person, what kind of a person are you Evie?  Wink


It seems to me that Evie is a person person. Very Happy

Good Lord! You mean she'd like to see Neil Gaiman with a person on a leash? I thought that might be more in the Baron's line...  Wink
Evie

Perhaps I'm not a person at all...  (where's the Eeyore smiley?!?)

I am a mythological princess (my personality test told me so) - and I am sure that if Neil Gaiman, minus the dog, were scrubbed and brought to my tent, I wouldn't turn him away.  I'm *that* sort of a person! Cool
miranda

But it just shows how much difference a photographer can make to how a person looks!

Laughing

And no, I wouldn't climb over him either.......
Apple

Evie Wrote:
Quote:
I am a mythological princess (my personality test told me so)


Ok?! slightly concerned now!  Wink

What personality test was this?
Castorboy

Have I got this right? This is the BigReaders web-site and not the BigBreeders one? Wink  Wink
Apple

Laughing

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