Seeing Colors

When I was in college more years ago than I care to admit on my blog, I enrolled in a World Cinema course. I enjoyed the class for many reasons: awesome professor, watching movies in class, exposure to international films, and discussing what differentiates a great film from a mediocre one.

One of my favorite topics was use of color in film. For example, think about how the color red was used in films like The Sixth Sense, Resident Evil, or The Matrix. The Sixth Sense used this color to convey moments when otherworldly events blended with the ‘real’ world. Resident Evil used it to convey warning of impending conflict, and The Matrix used it in the form of a red pill, which would free the main character from the confines of his imposed reality.

Use of color in story telling became a secret code for me; a subtle way to set the stage, and it changed the way I write. Color has the power to evoke emotions, thoughts, and memories. If used properly, it can also be a powerful tool in writing. Think about the use of red tulips in EVERMORE by Alyson Noël. Tulips are a symbol of perfect love. Red tulips like the one given to the main character are a declaration of true love.

I plan to blog about specific colors and their meanings later this week.

For now, can you think of any examples of use of color in books or movies? Which ones? What do you think is the significance of the color(s) used?

Third Writers’ Platform Building Campaign Time

It’s time for Rachael Harrie’s 3rd Writer’s Platform Building Campaign! I participated in this event last year and met so many awesome writers/bloggers. You may remember the Choose Your Own Adventure bloghop Group 9 put together last year. What a blast!

The purpose of the Campaign is to provide a way to link those of us in the writing community together with the aim of helping to build our online platforms.

Click over to Rachael’s blog for details and to sign up.

My Characters Want Me To Write A Zombie Story

My characters want me to write a zombie story. I’ve watched plenty of zombie movies Dawn of the Dead, Zombieland (if you’re familiar with my blog, you know I like lists and will understand this movies appeal to me), 28 Days Later, The Crazies, Shawn of the Dead (cracked me up), Resident Evil (all of them – big Milla Jovovich fan),  I am  Legend (though, technically those were vampires) and am looking forward to the next season of AMC’s The Walking Dead (returns October 16, mark your calendars). Yet surprisingly, other than I AM LEGEND, I haven’t read a zombie novel. Does watching a bunch of zombie movies qualify me to write a zombie story? I don’t know, I just know these characters will continue haunting me until I write their story.

Has this ever happened to you? Characters coming to you with a story you feel under qualified to write? Or one out of your genre/element?