My young adult novel Silent Symmetry features the idea that symmetrical people are more beautiful. At least, that’s what some of the characters think. Then again, they turn out not to be human, so who cares what they think! And as this article shows, the reality is surprisingly inconclusive. The impression I got from reading it is that the more a celebrity fits into society’s idea of beauty, the less likely they are to be attractive when artificially made symmetrical, whereas other less iconically beautiful celebs look great.
What do you think?
Esthetics and the value that’s placed on beauty (including the pressure that girls and women face to conform to certain physical shapes and standards) are key themes in my Embodied trilogy. The main character, Kari, ends up having to deal with issues far beyond what a regular, non-fictional girl faces, and these are highlighted even further in book 2 of the trilogy, Starley’s Rust. Because rust is all about decay and impurity. And it can be beautiful too…
Stay tuned for a reveal of the cover of Starley’s Rust in the next few weeks!