Why do readers think writers have to be beautiful too?

A popular thread on Tianya (China’s biggest intenet forum) reveals what some supposedly beautiful writers really look like. Many commenters claim to be totally disillusioned and disappointed.

In a related note, does beauty grarantee happiness? Many people seem to assume that if a woman was attractive, she wouldn’t be left alone long enough to gain the necessary focus for her writing. Therefore, an unattractive woman would be so miserable and alone that she can channel her bitterness into brillant words?

One comment that caught my eye:

“这也是好事。写作某种程度上是慢性自杀,能拥有尘世幸福的话,大部分人是不愿意受那份罪的。这也许也是不少人成名之后,创作力就式微了的原因吧。”

Translated:

“This might be a good thing. Writing is a form of extended suicide in a way, so if someone could be happy in life, most wouldn’t want to suffer to write instead. This may be why many writers lose their creative genius after gaining fame.”

A bit morbid perhaps? Also somewhat true. Writing is a kind of extraction of life. When you’re enjoying a good life where every desire is fulfilled, the lack of yearning takes away some of the longing necessary for distilling good writing.

[八卦江湖]你所不了解的安妮宝贝.---多张安妮宝贝少见图片_娱乐八卦_天涯社区

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