No, those are not paint swatches from the Home Depot. Those are eye colors, people. We spend a lot of time thinking about and writing about our characters’ eyes. We wax poetic about these watery orbs, whether they be mint, gimlet, or moss (that’s green, to you laymen). But what is it about those fictional cerulean pools that we feel warrants a mention?
There have been studies that indicate a correlation between eye color and personality traits (science!), so could it be that our favorite literary eyes have been selected specifically to give us clues about what lies within? I have done the research. Here are my findings and theories. (Science.)
Bella Swan‘s eyes are described as “chocolate”, presumably because she is delicious to vampires.
Holden Caulfield‘s eye color is never mentioned. As talking about one’s physical appearance could be construed as “phony,” I am not surprised.
Romeo compares Juliet’s eyes to stars, perhaps implying that they will blind him and make him stab her cousin.
Lizzy Bennet is said to have “fine eyes,” which is her most attractive feature to Mr. Darcy, who upon seeing them put down his teacup and said, “DAYUUM FIIIIYYEEN EYES.” That is a direct quote, put it in your paper.
Daisy Buchanan is described in The Great Gatsby as being “blonde, blue-eyed and frivolous,” but if the original cover art is any indication, she was clearly bald, yellow-eyed and noseless- which leads me to believe she had some serious health issues, and should never have been driving in the first place.
Class dismissed, she said, winking a coffee-with-hazelnut-creamer colored eye.