A few months ago, I posted about how I wish more authors wrote using color in their descriptions, since I attach emotions and even characters to color. After some discussion on the comment threads, particularly with Kelley @ Oh! The Books, I was pointed to something called synesthesia, and I have a type that connects emotions with colors. Every Wednesday, I’ll pick a book or character, and show a palette of the colors I see or associate with the book/character. Basically, imagine the saying, “I feel blue,” but applied to the entire color spectrum. Hopefully that makes sense!
This week, we’re switching it up on The Saturated Reads! Instead of an entire book, I’ve chosen two characters for this week, both originating from… The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – Joseph Kavinsky and Ronan Lynch.
What colors do I associate with the book?
What I found interesting about these two characters is that they share the gray. Kavinsky to me is acid green and ash, and Ronan is a pure white and ash. Maybe it’s the color pills that Kavinsky pops in the book influencing me, but acid fits him perfectly. It’s bright, volatile, in-your-face, and possibly dangerous. I see Ronan, despite his dark attitude and humor, and all the moodiness and general grumbling, as a bright white. There’s infinite possibilities and potential for him, depending on how he uses his ability and what choices he makes.
Now the ash… I don’t know where that came from. I don’t know what it means, or really why I see it for both of them. All I know is, it’s there. Anyone want to go full psychologist on me and pose your theories – go for it!
Does the cover match my colors?
In this case, the cover sort of matches. I’m taking that as Ronan on the cover (hullo – the ravens plus the shaved head = Ronan), and while it is more of a blue toned darkness rather than a grey toned like the ashy color in my palette, I think it still fits very well. Plus, the white! So while the cover may not match Ronan specifically, I think the cover is perfect for the tone of the entire book, since there are five MCs after all.
I don’t really care if the cover matches Kavinsky or not, because 1) I’d like to smack him, and 2) he’s a secondary character anyway. I just thought it was a characterization well done on Stiefvater’s part that I experienced the colors so vividly.