Russet is apparently the color of Jacob Black's skin, along with every other wolf AND person that lives in La Push. Stephenie Meyer is absolutely obsessed with the word and uses it way too many times in every book. Russet is a shade of RED and should not be anyone's skin color.
But what color is russet anyway?EditRusset is "reddish-brown", in the simplest definition of the word. It is also a variety of BROWN potato. However, Wikipedia describes russet as "... a dark brown color with a reddish-orange tinge. As a tertiary color, russet is an equal mix of orange and purple pigments." Great. Russet is red, orange, brown, and purple. Wikipedia also mentions that the name is derived from a cloth that is "...dyed with woad and madder to give it a subdued grey or reddish-brown shade." So now russet is grey, too.
Russet apples also exist. They would be the shade of russet, right? (Red, brown, purple, orange, grey...) No. On the topic of the color of russet apple, Wikipedia says, "...patches of greenish-brown to yellowish-brown colour." To the tints of russet we add green and yellow....In the simplest form, russet is a red
, orange, yellow, green, purple, grey,and brown-ish color.
What's wrong with using the word to describe skin?!Edit
Nothing. If you're describing a red, orange, purple, grey, green, yellow, and brown-skinned person. Well, not really, but truth is, "russet" is probably not an accurate word to describe skin. Even if it were, well, similar to chagrin, the word is used WAY too many times in the book. Often used like: "His grin stretched wide over his russet skin" or "his skin turned a pale shade of green under the russet". Apparently, Kim's skin looks like a curtain of russet skin, so there's that, too. In conclusion... Russet is a word that is used way too much and often in the wrong context in the book.