Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme that asks a bookish question each week. You can join in by clicking the link above! This week’s question is:
How much do you visualize when you read? Do you imagine faces for the characters? Can you see the locations in your mind’s eye? Or do you just plunge ahead with the story, letting the imagery fall to the wayside?
If I am LOVING a book–especially a novel–I have a whole movie running inside my head as I’m reading. I know what the characters look like and I even know what they sound like. This is especially true of books that I re-read–each time I revisit the story, the images in my head get more and more pronounced. And I think this is the mark of a truly gifted writer–someone I’ve never met who can paint a picture inside the head of a complete stranger. It’s really very magical when you think about it!
This is why I am so reluctant to see the movie versions of books that I love. I ALREADY have the movie in my mind, so nothing is going to measure up to what I’ve already so vividly imagined. I’ll often go ahead and see the movie anyway because I’m curious as to how the director visualized the characters, but I nearly always come away saying, “Well, XXX doesn’t look like that at all!”
This especially true of two books that I read for the first time in elementary school. Charlotte’s Web and Harriet the Spy are two of my all-time favorite books. In fact, I go back and re-read each of them every couple of years. I have never seen the movie versions of either of these books. Trust me–I KNOW exactly what all of those characters look like, sound like, and act like. I like Rosie ODonnell, but the character of Ole Golly does NOT look anything like her! Any Debbie Reynolds as the animated voice of Charlotte? Sorry–that is NOT Charlotte’s voice!
And, to me, this is one of the greatest things about reading–having the freedom to create your very own movie in your head anytime you read!
How about you? Are there any particular authors who can paint a picture inside your mind? Please share!