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BTW, more on colours

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All my stories I pick certain colours. There's a reason for that. Not one reader has ever noticed, but I do pick them for reasons. This story is a grey background with a dark blue font. It's all about the mood and the background is the overall feeling of the story and the font is the mood of the action. Colours have connotations, you know? I think it adds to the story.

You may have all thought I was busting the Dudester's balls over that. Well, frankly, I wasn't* and I thought I ought to clarify here. I wouldn't want anyone to think I'm a bigger asshole than I really am. And I was pleased to see the Dudester changed it back -- I wasn't expecting it and I wouldn't have been mad if he didn't.

Don't y'all hate it when I ramble?

-- wbms

* but it certainly was an added side bonus :D

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WBS- you are quite correct. Colors have deep psycological meanings and impact that are so subtle that we may be completely unaware of them.

There have been numerous studies to determine the best colors for rooms and structures with specific purposes. For instance, colors in a hospital waiting room are specifically chosen to calm and quite you.

Colors have a number of meanings that are usually defined either by culture or religious tradition. The closer the color is to a primary color, the more important it is. Some of the roots of these meanings have been so obscured by time as we may never know exactly where they came from.

For instance, when I write about something disturbing, I use red letters. They are of course a warning that something creepy is going on and you might want to buckle your chinstrap.

Also on the topic of red, in our cultural context.

The meanings and traits assigned to colors are by no means universal.

Here are a few sites that talk about colors and their meanings in detail.

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0769383.html

http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-meaning.html

http://desktoppub.about.com/od/choosingcolors/

http://desktoppub.about.com/cs/color/a/symbolism.htm

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Colors have a number of meanings that are usually defined either by culture or religious tradition. The closer the color is to a primary color, the more important it is.

It's more complex than that. White in the US is a good colour, where in Japan it means death. So of course, when I said colour is important in my story, I mean for me and the people I know. I believe that didn't really need to be spoken, but I can just picture someone jumping in. An author is writing for his audience generally and not the world at large.

-- wbms

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