Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wild Card Wednesday!

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!

If you'd like to participate, just add a link to your Wild Card Wednesday post in the linking tool below.

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: Mary Lou Finney (from Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech)

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: Miss Honey (from Matilda by Roald Dahl)

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. 

Blue: Abraham Lincoln (from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith)

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.

Violet: Lady Julia Grey (from The Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn)

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. 



  1. I liked how you linked Ms Honey to the sun, she was always one of my favourite characters. Soft and gentle, but feisty when needed!

    Also I never knew that was why purple was linked with royalty, you learn something new every day!

  2. Okay, i want to join but i will do so on thursday. question? how do i link to my post?

  3. Kayleigh: I feel like you should win something for being a consistent WCW post-er. :) I love how you used different colors of text for yours.

    Sidne: Underneath where it says "You may submit links until Saturday, June 25th, at 11:59 PM (EST)." there's a blue button that says "Add Your Link." All you have to do is click that, fill out the little form, and submit. Can't wait to see your post. :)

  4. Thanks Gabe, I was going to attempt something fancy in photoshop but that felt like wayyyyy too much work!

    I only post each week because of the amazing prompts!

  5. I'm so bad with Paint/Photoshop/etc. that I've just stopped trying. I used to know my way around Gimp, but I'm not sure if I do anymore. Either way it *is* waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much work. :)

    And thank you, I appreciate that. Regardless, you should at least be crowned Queen of WCW or something. :) I'd make you a sash for your blog, but as we already know, I can't use Paint to save my life. LOL

  6. darn, I just could not pull it together this week.
    i pre-post since i was away helping with the fund raising efforts of an author i happen to know. she is gravenly ill and their is a fundraiser to help defray her medical cost. I'm afraid she may be dying. she has cancer in the last stage. Her name is LA Banks. she is a paranormal author. The event is coming soon so we are trying to get the word out. Hopefully I will join next week. Love the idea.

  7. I really hope that your fundraiser goes well and, more importantly, that your friend gets over her illness. I'll be thinking good thoughts for both you and her.