I’m one of those people who wears glasses.
I’m also one of those people who get the, “take off your glasses” thing.
Every time that happened (it used to happen much more often when I was younger), I would wonder “Why the heck do you wanna know about that? Why should I need to do this for your entertainment?”
The only reason people wanna see me without my glasses is for their entertainment. They wanna see if I look different without them and if so, how much?
Maybe some people don’t mind being used for entertainment but I do.
It’s similar to telling a YouTube animator to do a face reveal. Knowing what they look like shouldn’t matter though. They produce the content, and that’s what we enjoy. Yet, we want them to do a face reveal because it’s entertaining to see “the man behind the curtain” (Wizard of Oz reference).
Would it be similar for authors, too?
Most authors do a face reveal quite early on. In fact, idk any anonymous authors. If you look them up, their face is somewhere in the Great Sea of Internet.
I would be lying if I say I haven’t done a face reveal. You can find me somehow if you do a bit of digging through my social media 😛 But for the most part, I’m just a fox, a tiger writer, and NJ.
Would I encourage you to find what I look like? No, but I won’t stop you either. It’s your choice, your entertainment, find me if you like.
Wait, actually, I rather you not 😛
As for me,
I don’t go diving in the Great Sea of Internet for photos of authors.
Maybe some people do but what would it change? If they don’t look like who you thought they would look like, are you gonna stop reading their books? Are you gonna start realizing that your idols are not superhumans who can bend the world to create other worlds with their bare hands? Are you gonna judge them if they are a man who wrote a vampire romance or a woman who wrote a bloody, gory, murder mystery?
No, right? Well, I really hope it’s a “no”.
I suppose the publishing industry would like to put your face on books instead of an illustration of a fox but from my point of view, I wouldn’t want to take off my glasses (reveal my face) for even my readers…at least until my first book signing.
Authors should not have to take off their glasses for the entertainment of their readers if they didn’t want to.
And so, I will remain a fox, a tiger writer, and NJ 🙂