In my first novel, Fallen From Grace, I tried to put some emphasis on the main character, Grace's eyes. I described them as a vivid blue, the kind of eyes that seemed to pierce through a person's outer layer with the ability to read their true emotions. Although not a bad little piece of writing if I do say so myself, I think that I could have played on these attributes a little bit more and used them to help my readers get to know Grace a lot better. I certainly will be in the Second Edition of Fallen From Grace.
Blue eyes are the most expressive eyes that a person can posess, they contain a certain electricity that can convey emotions on a depth that no other colour of eye is able to. A female is much more likely to show their emotions through their eyes than a male is. They display happiness, sadness, laughter and fear in a much more powerful way than a person with hazel eyes is able to. Blue eyes sparkle when a person is happy, they glitter with laughter and they are a great choice when trying to portray beauty or innocence.
Hazel eyes, however have their own unique quality. A person with hazel eyes displays emotion through their eyes but in a different way to which a person with blue eyes does. Hazel eyes actually change colour rather dramatically depending on the person's feelings and emotions at that given moment. They have the ability to vary from a dark brown right through the spectrum to a pale green colour. Different people's eyes change in different ways so there are no strict rules with this one.
Green eyes are the most obvious and unique of the common colours of eyes and in literature are said to signify wealth and prosperity. This is a trait or a conception that can be used in a book to make a reader jump to an assumption subconsciously.
Grey eyes are said to make the reader assume a tired personality for the character in question. This could be used in a novel to display a character that is tired of their own life or is looking to pursue a new goal. The grey eyes could be described as gunmetal, silver, cloudy or evil.
This insight into eyes has given me a lot to think about when writing my books as I will certainly be using a wider variety of description and using the eyes in a more effective way to grasp my readers. Cliches are to be avoided at all costs and these come in the form of piercing, darting, loving and caring eyes.
I will cover a few more of the more unique coloured eyes in my next blog post on descriptive eyes so keep an eye out for that. (See what I done there!)
Let me know your thoughts on unusual eye colours ahead of my next blog post by commenting below.
M. W. Rowe