For me, this entirely depends on the reason as to why. Is the character of a particular cultural background and thus their skin tone needs to be a certain colour? For me, that’s the only reason why it should be limited.
I know a lot of people might say limb overlays are another reason, but honestly… If you’re going to the effort of limb overlays, you can easily go to the effort of having various tones of the same overlay. It’s not like the code would change. If it’s really that overwhelming for an author, they could limit it to 8 different skin tones to choose from? I know not everyone would find their perfect match, but with limelight’s range nowadays, I think most people could find a tone they’d be happy with. (Like the phone overlays in the art catalog)
If the reason is because they will be describing the characters features… Uh, just no. This is more the case with hair styles more than skin tones I find, but yeah… I just feel like you should either do the whole CC and focus on the plot rather than the description, or only offer the occasional hair and make-up on a non CC character instead.
In saying that, I personally do have a limited CC story in the works, but all the skin tones are avaliable in the CC, as is hair colour, but I have limited the hair styles, eyes, noses, lips, and brows lol, I guess I’m doing the opposite to the trend.
I’m not sure what story you’re talking about, but yeah, I do think this is unfair. Like I said, I think it depends on the author’s reason. But it’s not fair for only one person/author to be getting called out for something lots of other people do too. And to add to this, author’s who are quite popular set the standard in a sense. I think a lot of people will look to them for inspiration. That’s why I like when some of the top author’s use their platform to try and make a change and bring awareness to things like this.
I agree with both of these statements (and I am both white and blonde ).
And also… I am lowkey not a fan of stories that are fully CC, but include the default versions on the covers and the intros and the splashes and the outros. Maybe having them on the covers to make it eye catching is ok, but to have it on everything makes it feel like I’m not supposed to CC them and it’s only added in as a bit of an afterthought.