Yeah, that post is right. It is time to stop talking about Holly’s skin, because there is no room for discussion.
Holly’s skin is brown. That’s it. That’s the only correct answer. The books explicitly describe Holly’s skin as brown. The actress who plays her should have brown skin. That’s it. That’s the only correct answer.
This isn’t a debate. Holly’s skin is explicitly, indisputably brown. That’s all. There isn’t another valid side to this argument. If you’re arguing against that, then your argument doesn’t have a leg to stand on, because in the books she is explicitly stated to be brown-skinned.
If the actress playing Holly has brown skin, then great, there’s no need to talk about it because they got it right.
If they cast a white actress as Holly, though, then you had better strap the fuck in because we haven’t even begun to talk about Holly’s skin color.
Let me make love to this post for all eternity.
I learned some things regarding this issue though: If authors constantly describe a character’s skin color as brown (or anything other than white), people will complain that it’s waving ~social justice~ in your face, but if it’s mentioned only once - in the series, holly’s skin color was mentioned twice, first in her introduction, and second in the AF Files saying all elves are brown-skinned - if the skin color is mentioned too few a time, racist readers will surely discredit it. You can’t really win in this game. I’d also add the fact that, while this argument doesn’t hold much, Holly’s human version in Eoin’s other book, Plugged, Ronnie Deacon, is explicitly stated to be a black female cop.
Another argument against Holly being brown is that, since she was described “nut-brown”, she can be white, since “some nuts are light-colored”. This is also known as being obtuse and racist.
Because surprise, “nut-brown” isn’t a flexible term, depending on what nut you think of, but an actual specific color:
She can’t be white. Even if she stays underground for all eternity, she can’t turn white.
It’s almost expected for her to be cast white, however, but god be damned, I won’t be fucking silent.