When we first started this blog, the posts about other authors and movies were supposed to be a writerly form of the artist-of-the-month studies that I did on my art blog. On my art blog, I took artists that I admired, studied their work to see why it was that I liked it, and then stole what I could to make my work better. Well, adapted.
Chocolat is one of those movies I like so well that it reminds me of my original intent with these posts. And I know exactly what it is that I would like to steal from Chocolat. Mood. Every single frame of Chocolat carries the same mood and tone: whimsical, quaint, idealized, historical, fairy-tale like. And everything backs this up: the characterization (3D but still idealized and whimsical), the plot (simplified and fairy-tale like), the color palette, the wardrobe choices, the music — everything shouts that everyone creating that movie knew what mood they were aiming for and did everything they could to reinforce it.
I want that! I want to know what mood I’m going for with my novel. I want to write one of those books that sucks you into a completely imagined and coherent world.