Over the weekend I started reading a new book, which I probably won't post a review on. The plot is great, the suspense is perfect, but... I feel like I'm drowning in details. Every character,setting, is described so that I have no problem envisioning exactly what the author is talking about. For me, that is a problem. I like for a lot to be left up to my imagination to fill in the gaps. There are exceptions, of course. If the main character were suddenly attacked by aliens, I might want a bit more guidance in what they look like. But a hot high school boy with blue eyes and long black hair? I can take it from here, thanks.
But I am just one reader in millions. What do you think? On a related note, once a description has been used, should you use it again, on the same character or any other? For example: if I say a girl has long silky blond hair so shiny it actually reflects the sun, should I say it again the next time she is in the story? Can any other girl have blond, sun-reflecting hair? As always, your comments are appreciated!