The past two books that I read – White Cat by Holly Black and The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice – both have characters with mismatched eyes. Of course, when these characters first appeared, my first thought was “Are they Gracelings?” Yes, I know this is ridiculous because they’re characters from different books. I just found it funny that I read two books with characters like this:
The picture above is of Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore, which I grabbed from Amazon.
According to Wikipedia, this condition is called heterochromia:
In anatomy, heterochromia refers to a difference in coloration, usually of the iris but also of hair or skin. Heterochromia is a result of the relative excess or lack of melanin (a pigment). It may be inherited, due to genetic mosaicism, or due to disease or injury. Eye color, specifically the color of the irises, is determined primarily by the concentration and distribution of melanin. In complete heterochromia, one iris is a different color from the other. In partial heterochromia or sectoral heterochromia, part of one iris is a different color from its remainder.
So, what is the point of this post, you may ask. I’m just wondering if you’ve ever met a person who has mismatched eyes? I don’t think they’re that common in Asians because we mostly have dark brown (nearly black) eyes. Oh and if you’ve also read other books with characters with mismatched eyes, let me know about them.