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    starting over Marian Perera's Avatar
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    Lookism

    While a historical romance I read recently made me curious about this topic, I'm posting here because I'd like input from a larger audience and I think it could apply to other genres as well.

    So. In the novel I read, the heroine has a large, pronounced facial blemish. She's very self-conscious about this because when she was a child, her parents treated her as subhuman for having this blemish. As a result of her marriage to the hero, she becomes more comfortable about her appearance, and the final scene has him telling her that he doesn't notice the blemish because he's too absorbed in noticing her instead (I can't remember the exact words, but it was something to this effect).

    One negative review said that this was another form of lookism, because the hero was basically saying, "I don't notice this disfiguring thing about your face any more."

    I can see how his response could be taken this way, but I was wondering how else the author could have made him react. "Yes, I still notice the blemish on your face"? "Yes, I still notice the blemish on your face but I don't find the blemish unattractive any more"? And on top of all that, I'm now writing a historical romance where one of the characters has third-degree burn scars, so I'm trying to find the best way to deal with them.

    What are everyone's thoughts on this?
    Last edited by Marian Perera; 09-10-2019 at 01:05 AM.

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