Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed some authors I follow on Facebook posting photos of people who look like characters from their novel(s). This is an interesting concept in that it can allow the readers to really visualize what the characters in a book looks like, especially a book that hasn’t been made into a movie, and may not be photographed on the cover. But does this really have a significant benefit? Will posting a photo of someone who looks like a character in your book boost sales? Will it boost reader response? Maybe.
Now, I’m not saying it’s potentially bad. Maybe it can help the writer to write a better description of a character if they actually have a person to base it off of. I guess I’m just more curious than anything else. I’ve only tried on one occasion to find a person who looks like Victoria–also known as Vic–from my flintlock fantasy WIP, Black Powder Brigade. I searched on Pinterest and only found that it’s quite difficult to find a picture of a younger girl (about 15 or 16) with short hair who sort of looks like a boy. All I found were pictures of “trendy” shorter hair styles for women. And I’m a bit hesitant to search Google Images out of fear that some less-than-pleasant results bubble to the top, and then I have to gouge my eyes out and make my wife do all my typing for me. And I don’t think either of us would enjoy that. But perhaps I’ll have better luck finding someone who looks like one of the other characters from Black Powder Brigade. It can’t hurt to try.
Have you found a person who looks like a character from a work of yours? Do you enjoy seeing people who look like your favorite characters? Do you think it has a benefit?