Finally someone talks about it.
For me personaly, it would be great.
It adds to immersion and overall realism as people are what they are.
And however one might not like it, we judge based on what we know.
So, when You say that this particular group of people have the belief that Readheads are intelligent and have “reasons” for that
(That part is very important tho. They have to have reasons for that, like:
Most of notable/smart/intelligent people of their history happen to be a redhead)
And therefore most of redheads are initially trated with admiration/envy/loyality/kindness etc etc. as long as they don’t shatter that belifef by doing something stupid/dangerous/against the people which admire them,
Then such use of MC’s looks is just great.
(Tho one must remember that there will always be persons who won’t follow what is commonly believed and thus not everyone should treat redheads better/worse.
But that is more of minority than majority)
Like seriously, CYOA stories are RPGs.
No matter the genre of a particular GameBook,
There .is. Roleplaying involved.
And what kind of rolplay ignores apperance?
Scary looking man with scars on his face, and sword/(any other weapon fitting the story genre) will make others react more carefully to him.
(Maby he is a bandid, and those ate scarrs that his victims inflicted!?- No, not really he is gentle, kind and honest farmer, that had been attacted by a wolf in the past, and lost his wife, so he doesn’t smile.
But people won’t know that. And won’t care until somehow they learn the truth.
In their eyes, based on how the man look he most likely is a bandid and they will treat him accordingly to this belief.
Apperance not only aesthtics really.
Imagine You chosed to play a really tall MC.
It’s great. You can see better in crowds. You can intimidate more easyly. You can be a human shild to your companions. Reach highier spaces.
You’re easier to target. Maby have more of a hard time hiding as You’re easier to spot.
You can’t fit in places your smaller companins can, and so You need their help.
Again You can be quite intimidating, which isin’t always what You want.
So with this examples its only natural others react to You accordingly.
Yes even if it’s just a hair color.
Predjudice exists. First expression exists.
It’s a primitive mechanism we humans have and mostly listen to, until proven wrong.
So yeah, I would love that if Gamebooks used our apperance more often.
Maby in one moment in the game being a blonde helps in beating a story section the easy way, because people assume we’re stupid.
And we’re not, but will use it to our adventage anyway
But in another situation, it can lock out certain paths/action that we are given. Exactly because we are considered to be stupid at first and have to prove ourselves smart.
Same with height/weight/disabilities etc
I understand though that such a thing could be a pain in the ass to implement in script especially if one wanted to make it complex and not 2 dimensional, so it’s okay if authors don’t try it.
But damn, it would be cool if they do