Minicontos Coloridos is a collaborative project conceived by Brazilian journalist, writer and teacher Marcelo Spalding in 2013. The short tales are structurally and conceptually associated with colors in a playful way. To access the stories, the reader should mix the primary RGB colors through a pull down menu available on the website in HTML which hosts the tales interface. The website offers three blending options for each of the three primary colors, totaling 27 short tales.
According to the author, the short tale is a micronarrative, with at most a page or a paragraph that had its antecedents in the prose poem and the Chinese fables. However, since the mid-twentieth century the short story has experienced extremely rapid forms from texts of writers like Cortázar, Borges, Kafka. Marcelo Spalding intends to increase the number of stories through collaboration with other writers. For those who want to venture into writing short tales just get in touch with the author, pick a color and send a small but colorful narrative.
“There was no sound in the forest, only the colors showed that she was still alive.”
“Introduce Betão to mother was easy, it was hard to hold me back when she asked why do I decided to dating with a black man”.
The main objective of the project is to enable the reader to have a new experience of reading fiction, interfering creatively in the interface to view the highest options of texts. The micro narratives’ plots are tragic, ironic, and occasionally romantic. The extreme brevity and the absence of titles in these stories requires the readers’ perspicacity encouraging them to use color perception and read between the lines to find the outcome of the plot and make sense of the stories.