Joanne Harris Q&A #8

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Joanne Harris Q&A #8

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Tue Aug 01, 2006 8:23 am

One of my favorite topics in our discussion was that of symbolism, in particular your use of color imagery. Can you comment?

Because I always visualize very strongly when I am writing I find that colours get mentioned very often. You will find in Chocolat I tend to associate certain people with certain colours but the colour red has particular importance here (the film picked up on this quite strongly as well). In this story red is the colour of magic (the red sachets that Vianne hangs up); of individualism (Vianne’s red shoes); and of freedom. It’s no coincidence that Roux has red hair and that Armande’s gesture of defiance against old age and widowhood involves the wearing of red petticoats as opposed to black, which is the colour of the church and the priests robes, of widowhood and of general conformity in a place where to wear bright colours is thought of as slightly deviant.
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Tue Aug 01, 2006 8:25 am

I have to say that in our discussion of the symbolism it never occurred to me that is why Roux had red hair! :blush:
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Unread postby Raven » Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:14 am

DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:I have to say that in our discussion of the symbolism it never occurred to me that is why Roux had red hair! :blush:


Me two DITHOT :eyebrow: The color of the clothes never in my mind connected with the color of hair......
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Unread postby fansmom » Tue Aug 01, 2006 12:19 pm

Could that be because we had an actor who isn't a redhead in our minds as we read about Roux? :blush:

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Unread postby Liz » Tue Aug 01, 2006 1:57 pm

That could be, Fansmom. However, I did wonder if there was some significance or symbolism behind Roux's red hair. I just didn't think about red being such a primary color in this book.
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Unread postby QueenofKings » Tue Aug 01, 2006 2:16 pm

And of course Roux means red in French.
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Unread postby Liz » Tue Aug 01, 2006 8:18 pm

QueenofKings wrote:And of course Roux means red in French.


Such an obvious thing--that went right over my head. :dunce: :blush: :lol:
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Unread postby Betty Sue » Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:25 pm

Wow! I hadn't considered the symbolism of Roux's hair either (except for thinking of the usual stereotype of a redhead being fiery and temperamental), but now I wonder what was wrong with making him a redhead in the movie, especially when it was important to the author. :perplexed: And since his name is Roux! (Good point, QueenofKings!) Johnny went for it in WEGG....
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Unread postby Liz » Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:41 pm

Betty Sue wrote:Wow! I hadn't considered the symbolism of Roux's hair either (except for thinking of the usual stereotype of a redhead being fiery and temperamental), but now I wonder what was wrong with making him a redhead in the movie, especially when it was important to the author. :perplexed: And since his name is Roux! (Good point, QueenofKings!) Johnny went for it in WEGG....


This is true. I wish we could have a follow up Q&A with her. :lol:
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