Aside from the obvious, good guys are dressed in white and the bad guys in black, how can color be applied within a fictional setting? Can we as storytellers exploit color, to yield something a little deeper than bland dualities.
The answer is a resounding, yes!
Take plants for example. Must plants be green? Around a very dim star, plants might evolve black colored foliage, so as to maximise their intake of what little sunlight is available to them.
If this were the case, then its easy to imagine that culturally, the color black would invoke images of prosperity, growth, fertility etc.
That is if the culture in question perceives the local plant-life as being black.
Just because an object is a certain color does not necessarily mean it will be perceived as that color.
The color of those black plants could vary wildly for species to species, depending on how many photoreceptor cells each species has in their eyes.
Where we human see black an alien may see something entirely more colorful.
But, lets say for argument sake an alien race did see these plants for the black color they truly are.
What if those aliens didn’t have a word to describe what they saw?
Without a linguistic component would the color black then, cease to exist?
And even if the color does exist to them, what would black sound like?
Confused? Check out my video below and all shall become clear.
Until next time,
P.S I want to give a massive shout out to the /r/worldbuilding subreddit. This video was inspired by a competition the mods run over there, called the Weekly Challenge competition. It really is a great page. Very entertaining, creative and informative and I strongly suggest you stop by and check it out.
A must for any world-builder, writer or storyteller.
Artwork by Kirk Quilaquil (http://ninjatic.deviantart.com)