By Niki Turner
Movember and No Shave November 2013 are officially behind us, movements that promote the growth of facial hair as a show of support for cancer research. (Movember is specifically mustaches, and supports prostate and testicular cancer research. No Shave November is for everyone, and supports general cancer research.)
Living in a houseful of men (there will be seven of them when my third grandchild makes his appearance in January, which makes my daughter and me Snow White and the Wicked Queen?) facial hair is a frequent topic of conversation:
"Are you growing a mustache?"
"You should trim your beard before you try that fire-eating thing."
"Please don't leave your whiskers in the sink, they clog the drain."
My dear husband sports facial hair, and has for years. So does my father, and now my boys are following suit. And while doing some genealogical research a couple weeks ago I uncovered this picture of my great-great-great-uncle, never before seen by our family (don't you love the Internet?):
|Frank Ellsworth McElrea
Now THAT is a mustache!
With all those mustaches and beards around, you would think that my fictional heroes would have mustaches or beards, but they rarely, if ever, do. In fact, I can't think of any of my favorite heroes who wear facial hair, even the ones from historical fiction, when mustaches and mutton-chops and all sorts of facial hair styles were widely popular among adult males.
What about you? Do your heroes have facial hair?
Why or why not?