It's Wednesday and that means that it's once again time for Wild Card Wednesday, hosted by yours truly. Every Wednesday I'll be posting a prompt that requires bloggers to use both their imaginations and what they read to answer it. Your answers can be in any form you like and they don't even have to make a whole lot of sense. The point is to have fun!
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This week's prompt is: Pick one character for each color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet) and explain why they remind you of that color.
Red: War (from Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett)
This is sort of a cheat because War's nickname in the book is Red. A gorgeous red-haired woman, the kind that men fight over, War loves nothing more than to stir up trouble wherever she goes. When the end is near, we find her working as a war correspondent but she covers wars that she begins. Wherever she goes, fighting breaks out and she's conveniently already there to cover the story. What she wants more than anything else, however, is to wield her sword at the end of days alongside the other Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Orange is one of those happy colors but I also associate it with citrus fruits like the aptly named orange, fruits that are sweet but can also be sour. Mary Lou, the diary-writing protagonist of Creech's book about a crazy summer, is the perfect blend of sweet and sour. She can be a very frazzled young girl but is also full of creative energy. Funny in an often sarcastic way, Mary Lou finds her boring summer becoming increasingly more exciting and takes the reader along for the ride.
Yellow is a nice, sunny color and these are two traits that describe Miss Honey to a "t." Sweet, kind, and always looking on the bright side of things, Miss Honey treats her students with love and care. But, like the sun, Miss Honey shows later on in the book that if you mess with her, you'll get burned. She stands up to Miss Trunchbull as well as to Matilda's parents and, in the end, she and Matilda go off to live happily ever after in their nice, sunny, yellow world.
Green: Erik (from The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux)
Green is usually seen as being the color of envy. If there's any character in the history of literature who exemplifies this deadly sin, it's the Phantom of the Paris Opera House, Erik. In love with Christine, both for her beauty and her voice, Erik goes to VERY extreme lengths to try to secure her all for himself. Sadly, she loves another (Raoul), which leads to the Phantom taking even more drastic measures. In the end, he sees that it cannot be but for the majority of the novel, he's a very green character.
The real Abe Lincoln and the fictional Abe Lincoln have something in common: melancholy. Historians have long believed that Lincoln suffered from bouts of depression...and who can blame him. His mother died when he was young, he lost the woman who might possibly have been his first love, he buried several sons, and he had to deal with a little thing called the Civil War. The fictional Abe also had a vampire problem to deal with and a few deaths to avenge. As blue is seen as the color of sorrow, I'd say it's an appropriate color for our 16th president.
Purple is the color of nobility because back when dyes were made from plants, it was expensive to create purple dye so only the rich could afford it. While Lady Julia's family isn't the richest in England, they do have a lot of money, so it fits the color. The other reason I chose her is that purple is a sensual color and Lady Julia is that as well. She's an elegant, wealthy woman who occasionally likes to indulge.