Tonight I watched a new program about dating in the dark. The gist of the program is that the candidates meet in a room where they can not see the people they will potentially date. There are three men and three women and they must evaluate each other based upon what they hear and sense in a room with no light. Based on that meeting, they then request to meet individually with the one person who they would like to talk to individually. Later, experts revealed who they were most compatible with based upon their personality profiles. Ironically, each of the three couples picked the same person the experts found to be their most compatible match.
They were given time to get to know each other but it was still in the dark. Then they were put with a rendering artist to draw the likeness they mentally of each other based upon their non-visual impressions. Finally, they were shown each other independently when the other could not see their reaction. At the end of the program they were given the opportunity to continue dating outside the show. To do so they were to meet on the balcony of the house where they had been staying. If they didn't want to continue seeing their "match" they could walk out the front door and keep going.
As romance writers we describe attraction between our characters. The majority of our heroes and heroines are attractive or noteworthy in some way. In the future I am going to rethink how I describe my main characters because this program made me think about physical attraction in a different way. The couple who seemed to be most compatible in the dark was the only couple whodidn't make it when the lights came on.
How important are looks when you describe your main characters? Are they all movie star handsome or pretty, or do their looks take second place to their personalities? Did you follow the same tendencies when you picked your special person?