There are many beautiful things in the world, and one of the most wonderful among them all is the way that beauty is captured through the eyes of another person. In books, the author allows us to join characters in watching the world around them & seeing the beauty in it.
Today I'll just focus on a few of the best female character descriptions I could find! Wouldn't you love it if someone would describe you with this kind of passion?
“She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”
—J. D. Salinger, “A Girl I Knew”
"To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else's heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone did not go mad with the movements of her braid, the flight of her hands, the gold of her laughter. He had not missed a single one of her gestures, not one of the indications of her character, but he did not dare approach her for fear of destroying the spell."
— Gabriel García Márquez, "Love in the Time of Cholera"
"The men in the room suddenly realized that they did not want to know her better. She was beautiful, but she was beautiful in the way a forest fire was beautiful: something to be admired from a distance, not up close."
— Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
“Her eyes were dark. Dark as chocolate, dark as coffee, dark as the polished wood of my father’s lute. They were set in a fair face, oval. Like a teardrop. Her easy smile could stop a man’s heart. Her lips were red. Not the garish painted red so many women believe makes them desirable. Her lips were always red, morning and night. As if minutes before you saw her, she had been eating sweet berries, or drinking heart’s blood. No matter where she stood, she was in the center of the room. Do not misunderstand. She was not loud, or vain. We stare at a fire because it flickers, because it glows. The light is what catches our eyes, but what makes a man lean close to a fire has nothing to do with its bright shape. What draws you to a fire is the warmth you feel when you come near. The same was true of Denna.”
— Patrick Rothfuss, "The Name of the Wind"
((I haven't read this series yet but I'm dying to so if anyone has read it please let me know what you think of it!!!))
"Whenever she turned her steep focus to me, I felt the warmth that flowers must feel when they bloom through the snow, under the first concentrated rays of the sun."
— White Oleander by Janet Fitch
“It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.”
— Raymond Chandler
Can you capture the appeal, the beauty, the uniqueness someone you're into as these passages have?
Or do you have a passage you like reading better? If we're talking about writing, I think that's a skill most authors would love to master. For me, I just want the chance to read these kind of stunning descriptions over and over again. To get to know the fire & the curiosity that each of these moments caused!