Thursday, December 03, 2009

Imagine That!

Many years ago, when I was a child and the earth's crust was cooling, I listened to a program every Saturday morning. It was called "Let's Pretend," and it featured the dramatization of a fairy tale or children's story. There was no TV in those days (hard to imagine, huh?) so the listeners could let their imagination run wild in picturing what was happening.

Imagining things isn't dead, even today in this age of movies, TV, YouTube, and other visual presentations. That's why I most often enjoy a book more than a movie or a TV adaptation. I can apply my own imagination, paint my own pictures to go along with the words. And that's a good thing, in my estimation.

This is what writers do, whether they craft short stories, novels, screen plays, or TV scripts. They let their own imagination guide them to set up scenes and scenarios where the reader/viewer can paint the picture in their own mind. When that happens, when the audience finds themselves in the middle of the action, identifying with the lead character, the writer has succeeded. Has a book, play, or TV show done this for you? I hope so.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some imagining to do. What will Allison do in response to this latest challenge? Matter of fact, what will be the next challenge? I can only imagine.

2 comments:

yarnbuck said...

Yeah. That’s more my style too – imagery at the Speed of Read. Thanks, Richard.

Carol J. Garvin said...

I can remember being curled up in my grandfather's big armchair while listening to his radio. (I don't think my parents even had a radio at that time.) I loved all the Sunday afternoon radio shows... Amos & Andy, The Shadow, Our Miss Brooks, Superman. The stories were nothing more than words over the air waves, but the pictures they conveyed to my mind were not soon forgotten. Books do the same thing for me now, and I hope some day my own novels will provide that same world for other readers.