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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:15 pm    Post subject: Sex appeal  Reply with quote

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?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Sex appeal Reply with quote

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!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.)


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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?




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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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!)


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote





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)






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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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:



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mary Shelley



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




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