Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Describing Facial Expressions

How would you describe the above facial expressions?

Actually this is a photo of my eldest and youngest daughter playing a game we all played on Thanksgiving. We were given a Jelly Belly to taste to see if a person could tell the difference between a good one and a bad.

Like the strange tasting jelly beans in the Harry Potter stories, some of the Jelly Belly's were disgusting.
My daughters both were given Jelly Belly's called centipede guts. Some of the other flavors were dirt, dirty diaper, snot--well, you get the idea.

The faces people made were great--but this photo showed my favorites.

I got to thinking about how writers tend to describe facial expressions, sometimes as simply as he looked tired, or happy, or disgusted. When you look at the above photo, think of all the different ways you could describe the facial expressions.



Terry Odell said...

And what a challenge describing those expressions would be. I recall a British crit partner using the expression "Pulled a face" and I had no idea what she was describing.

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Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

Jean Henry Mead said...

From their expressions, I don't think I'll ever try jelly bellies. They must taste terrible. :(

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Only some taste terrible, but they look like good tasting counterparts.

We had fun with the game and the Jelly Bellys are small so if you did get a bad one, it didn't last long.


Shannon said...

This isn't so much about facial expression as about faces. I saw your promo for this blog on facebook and the photo along with it looked like a former critque partner of mine from Colorado. Sure enough, Christine Duncan. It's such a small writer's world and I love it. Hello to both Marilyn and Christine!

Morgan Mandel said...

That picture is priceless!

Morgan Mandel

Enid Wilson said...

I'm bad. I tend to write more dialogues and forget about the description. Excellent photo here but I'm lost for word.

Fire and Cross

Mark Troy said...

Now I'll be able to use sentences such as "She made the kind of face one makes after eating centipede guts."

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Looks more like what my family does around here a couple of hours after I have had turkey or chili.

Someday, if they really tick me off, I will eat turkey chili. That will show them!