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Posted on 2013.04.20 at 19:52
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I can be silent no longer! I must have my say! This is very srs bzns. (OK not really, but it does throw me off when reading fics, and is becoming something of a pet peeve, so I'm venting!)



Bo Duke Blond man

JA1 Jensen Ackles

Bradley Blond man

JA4 Jensen Ackles

Illya Blond man

JA2 Jensen Ackles

JA blond blond Jensen Ackles


I rest my case. (Which applies equally to Dean Winchester, incidentally, I'm just too lazy to picspam further!) Thoughts?

Comments:


vic
saintvic at 2013-04-20 20:22 (UTC) (Link)
So I get the feeling that this has annoyed you slightly :D

Oh and I love your photo proof *stares happily at all of them*.
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2013-04-20 21:34 (UTC) (Link)
I just...can't see it. I'm not a massive fan of those kinds of descriptors in fic anyway (the older man, the taller man etc) but in this case I find it particularly jarring. I'll read something like 'Jared pushes the blonde (and there's another peeve, he's blond - except he's not, but you know...) down onto the bed' and I'm wondering 'What blond? Where did Jensen go?'

Lovely, aren't they? I always think I'm into dark men, until I start examining how many exceptions there are! :D
Hambel
hambelandjemima at 2013-04-20 22:29 (UTC) (Link)
No, it won't do. We need more proof. Maybe putting him up against a man with dark hair, like... oh I dunno, Jeffrey Dean Morgan perhaps? That would really show us..... it would.... erm, sorry, I'm imagining them up against each other... brb
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2013-04-20 22:54 (UTC) (Link)
DevilsTrap

You mean like this? *crosses fingers that the pic actually shows up*

I dunno, it's hard to judge, the EPIC SEXUAL TENSION is too blinding! :D
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2013-04-20 22:56 (UTC) (Link)
Naturally the pic didn't show. My html-fu fails. Link here (possibly): http://bistokids.livejournal.com/pics/catalog/396/13562
Hambel
hambelandjemima at 2013-04-20 23:03 (UTC) (Link)
*Hambel can't reply cos Hambel is having trouble breathing right now. Please try later*
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2013-04-20 23:13 (UTC) (Link)
DevilsTrap

There! *\o/*

Edited at 2013-04-20 23:15 (UTC)
::twiglet::
twigletmoo at 2013-04-20 23:09 (UTC) (Link)
What a lovely excuse to post lots of lovely pics of Jensen Ackles! :).

(And, for the record, I totally agree, I really dislike reading fanfic where Dean or Jensen is referred to as blond. I just don't see it.)
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2013-04-20 23:26 (UTC) (Link)
Any excuse will do! XD

And thank you! I was genuinely concerned it might be just me, his blondness seems so widely accepted. I feel validated now!
i dream of colors that have never been seen
etoile444 at 2013-04-20 23:45 (UTC) (Link)
This was funny! Dean Winchester has never been blond. Jensen was kinda blond on Smallville. It's really odd hearing him described that way. But then again, how many times have people called Sam's eyes brown? Weird.
Liliaeth
liliaeth at 2013-04-21 08:48 (UTC) (Link)
well he was blondish when he was a kid, he just grew darker as he aged up.
i dream of colors that have never been seen
etoile444 at 2013-04-21 10:30 (UTC) (Link)
Dean has never been blond. Jensen was as a kid and later in some roles.
Liliaeth
liliaeth at 2013-04-21 10:37 (UTC) (Link)
Hunter-Brochu-as-Young-Dean-Pilot-Stills-the-weechesters-14395871-500-355

(sorry, had to make this a bit smaller)

Edited at 2013-04-21 10:44 (UTC)
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2013-04-21 11:51 (UTC) (Link)
Fair point! :) All the other young Deans were dark, though, so child!Dean must have darkened early.
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2013-04-21 11:50 (UTC) (Link)
You're right, he was lighter on Smallville, maybe edging towards 'dirty blond' (although I'm not sure quite what that means!) Definitely dark in Dark Angel, though.

Eyes are funny things, and Jared's are pretty changeable, but I sometimes wonder if it's a writing shortcut - saying Jensen is blond with green eyes, and Jared is dark with brown eyes, just makes it easier to write them in contrast. It's not a device I'm generally fond of, tbh, even when it's indisputable (the older man etc.) But that's just personal preference.
i dream of colors that have never been seen
etoile444 at 2013-04-21 13:34 (UTC) (Link)
Given that one brother is ridiculously tall with floppy hair ought to be a distinction! :). Jared's eyes have looked dark in season one because they used such a dark filter. They may have yellow in them, but they are distinctly not brown.
My Hunter
meus_venator at 2013-04-21 01:12 (UTC) (Link)
Realistically I know Jensen isn't blond, but there is something about him.

Maybe it's his fair skin and freckles, the glints of ginger in his beard that reminds me of a skater dude, boy of summer. Danneel has even said he describes himself as having brown hair, but for some reason, the blond highlights and the green eyes will always make me think he is
* an honorary blond *
* ducks quickly incase things get thrown at me * LOL
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2013-04-21 11:57 (UTC) (Link)
He does have colouring more typical of a blond, which makes sense for someone who was blond as a child. I think the contrast of the dark hair and the fair skin/freckles is part of what makes him so amazingly striking, for me.

(I love the ginger beard! XD)
Glass Houses
glasshouses at 2013-04-21 01:14 (UTC) (Link)
Yes!! When I read blond (or blonde) in a fic, it throws me back to a mental picture of your last image. That wasn't a good look for Jensen, like, at all.
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2013-04-21 12:08 (UTC) (Link)
It really wasn't, was it? XD Let's face it, Jensen could never be anything other than attractive - but he was walking a mighty fine line there!

Loz
lozenger8 at 2013-04-21 01:23 (UTC) (Link)
:D Even though I don't watch SPN, I have had this conversation with someone. They also do the same thing in Teen Wolf fandom with a character called Jackson.

This is Jackson.

It turns out, a lot of people see blond differently from me, and what I would classify as light brown is blond to them. (And really? In an ideal world, unless it's AU and they're setting up, or they're describing from an outsider POV, I wouldn't know they think they're blond.)
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2013-04-21 12:14 (UTC) (Link)
I know nothing of Teen Wolf, so I can speak as an impartial observer. Jackson is not a blond man! But yes, mileage varies. I remember (mostly with embarrassment!) similar shenanigans over Gene Hunt's eyes.

(And you raise a valid point. 'The blond' is a distancing device, which for me should only be used very sparingly and often clashes violently with the established POV. Which is probably why I notice it so consistently).
It goes ding when there's stuff
cleflink at 2013-04-21 02:46 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I've never really got the Jensen/Dean = blond thing. Just doesn't compute.

For some reason, he appears to have been more blond when he was really twinky jailbait. It's not that unusual for people's hair to darken as they get older though, so maybe that's the issue?
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2013-04-21 13:15 (UTC) (Link)
Ahahahaa those twink pics will never not be funny! (Still looks darkish to me, though, except possibly the first one.) You're probably right about that being the issue - I got to know Jensen Ackles through SPN, so when I first saw him referred to as blond in fanfic I was totally bewildered. That's before I'd seen the pics of him as a child.
kgoodbuddy
kgoodbuddy at 2013-04-21 02:49 (UTC) (Link)
Next time you head to your nearest hair color aisle, take a good look at the names on the boxes----Jensen's color is definitely among the blonds. Add to that his fair skin, freckles, and his childhood as a towhead, and I think he qualifies even if his hair has darkened. I had flaming red hair when I was young, and even though it's sort of mousy reddish brown now, no one would ever call me anything but a ginger. It's really about the total package;)
i dream of colors that have never been seen
etoile444 at 2013-04-21 10:32 (UTC) (Link)
Why can't people just be described as having light brown hair?
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2013-04-21 13:20 (UTC) (Link)
I never look at hair dyes - but I will now, next time I'm in the supermarket! Not sure I'll be convinced, but it'll be fun trying!

(I'm the same - full on ginger as a child, and despite the fact that it's darkened to a sort of chestnut colour now, I'll always think of myself as a redhead.)
fifimom at 2013-04-21 04:29 (UTC) (Link)
Very amusing and you have set the record straight. I love that you've included a picture of blond Jensen.
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2013-04-21 13:22 (UTC) (Link)
I had to - as someone else up the thread said, whenever I read Jensen as blond, that's what springs to my mind! Glad it amused you :)
Tonya
tlcprovider at 2013-04-21 22:11 (UTC) (Link)
I am glad that I am not the only person who has wondered about why Jensen gets referred to as blond. I like your proof.
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2013-04-22 10:02 (UTC) (Link)
Me too! (ahhh Illya...*sigh*)

I'm so pleased it's not just me, though! :D
strgazr04
strgazr04 at 2013-05-24 02:20 (UTC) (Link)
I think he's a dirty blond color, or a blond that has darkened over time. It all depends on the lighting. He definitely has a gold tone to the natural highlights in his hair. :D (photos by growyourwings)

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I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2013-05-27 22:15 (UTC) (Link)
*stares*

...

*stares more*

...Ahem. Lighting, yes. Certainly these pics are compelling evidence that he can look kind of blond-ish under the right lighting conditions. Thank you for bringing them to my attention. :DDD

(Seriously, that second picture - good grief!)
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