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Movies have the great tool of background music to set
mood. This would be a way to even the playing field.
By having different background colors behind the
paragraphs and sentences
that change to match the story's mood, another level of
drama could be added.
The colors would be pretty
straight forward, grey would
indicate a somber or serious mood, black tragic or
ominous, like when the bad guy enters the story. On the
other hand, pink or orange would indicate buoyant or
ebullient setting such as a party or morning walk. Red
might be the hotline color for a surprise turn of events or
sudden catastrophe or battle. I'm picturing just a light
shading behind the letters with soft edges so as to not be
These surprise turns of events would have to be hidden
the next page for full impact, so a little bit of planning
would need to be put into using this technique, but if
skillfully applied, it might hold the promise of bringing
reader to another level of immersion into the story.
I think this technique might also be useful in
The Golden Notebook
Not as described, obviously, but there is some colour co-ordination of moods (really, it's meant to be of themes but it comes out as moods). [calum, Nov 09 2011]
Bet this guy could read the sheet music superimposed behind the story's words
[doctorremulac3, Nov 09 2011]
...and on the back of his head...
Yup. It's a butt. [doctorremulac3, Nov 09 2011]
||Title suggestion: synthetic synesthesia
||Well, it's prettier than my rather ramble-on title.
||I just thought of something else. Could you
imagine a level of skill at reading where you could
place a faded version of the sheet music behind
the words and the person would hum the music in
his head in real time while reading? I've got a
buddy of mine who reads sheet
music as music in his head to some extent. He
also speaks like 9 languages (which I tell him is a
total waste of time) and he was listening to a
Spanish language station for several minutes
before even realizing it was Spanish because of
the content. I think that might have been an
indication of his inebriation more than his level of
genius though. He's not beyond taking a nip from
time to time.
||Anyway, maybe that's a feature they could have in
books in the future when we evolve huge
craniums with disgusting pulsing veins all over
||Semi-baked by Mark Z. Danielewski in his book 'House of
Leaves', wherein various words and passages are printed in
different colors to enhance self-referential connotation.
||[Dr Re], see the miniature scores => opera section of your local library.
||[+] your anno drr... I think that really deserves its own post.
||Thank you FT. It's a neat idea I just don't think any
modern human could do it. Not until we get those
big pulsating brains from the future.
||//huge craniums// // The neurosurgeons have got
one cracked, but it won't come on the market for a
few years yet, because plastic surgery is still working
on the //disgusting pulsing veins// problem.