@rose-colored-fancy Love this question!
My personal theory on the subject is that humans can never be objective about each-other (or hardly ever). How I think people look is often defined by what I think of them. If I meet someone new, I might notice right away that they have big ears (bad example, but…😂), but once we become friends, I’ll probably never notice their ears, but focus on the fact that they have a great smile. The people we love are beautiful to us.
I think it translates over to books (and movies), but I also think writers/film producers use appearance to enhance our terror of villains, (😆) depending on what affect they want. If you make a villain really handsome (like some of mine) you’re going to need more facts on why the villain is bad, whereas if you just make them look horrifying, our imagination does the rest.
Can’t wait to hear what ya’ll think about this!
Not all those who wander are lost.