hey guys, i don't post that often but i have this weird "innovative" idea which im not completely sure about, so i want to see what a third party would think. this will be kinda long, but i will try not to say anything unnecesary
so, in a story it is pretty much standard to have some manner of physical description. you may be descriptive to the point of telling how is the character's nose or you may just point if the character is pretty or not and his/her haircolor; but the idea is to let the reader have a mind-image of the character. it is something somewhat ignored, and indeed some people falt-out let the character be in their minds how they prefer it to be, but i think even this can be done bad (awkward, etc) or good.
the thing is, i've come to think describing a character sometimes causes the reader to expect certain things from the character, which isn't
something bad, it is normal to expect the chracter described as beatiful to attract attention or the one that is extremely tall to be physically powerful. after this the personality of the character is presented, and i think it is a sign of good writing to play with the physical and emotional characteristics of his/her characters.
but i wonder, what if we do it the other way? introduce the story 100% without any physical description whtasoever, to the point that the reader may not be completely sure whether a lot of the characters are male or female, and while doing it showcasing the personality of all characters above all else. and then
, after the reader knows them, the author describes them with a photograph level of details. i think this may cause the reader to find out a lot of the characters do not fit their appearances at all, and also it will make their personalities much more prominent in the readers' minds. of course, this by itself is pretty awkward (i was thinking in dedicating a chapter exclusively to physical descriptions, no idea how could i justify that one out) but i think it can be done right with a few plot maneuvers.
so (if you are still with me) what do you think? do you think this could work for the better or ruin it? im pretty sure this has had to be done, somewhere
, have you seen it done?
Just awkwardly standing there, not explaining much necessary context.