Friday, March 13, 2009

Cover of "Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blon...Cover via Amazon

I'm reading an entertaining and intriguing book: Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? Bodies, Behavior and Brains--The Science Behind Sex. Love & Attraction by Jena Pincott. Pincott talks about body language, symmetry, voice pitch, odor, height and all the various factors that come into play when scoping out potential partners. Some of it I knew, but some of it is new and fascinating, like how gay men may emit a different scent than straight men (and no, it's not about the products they're using).

As a romance writer I'm constantly trying to use body language, scent, sound and small things like whether or not the heroine is touching her hair to help set the scene. It's all part of showing without telling. But it's nice to have Pincott telling me why so much of this matters when people are making their choices to mate or not to mate.

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