Since the beginning of the film industry people have been endlessly disappointed by the films that have been adapted from books. This is because books can only describe so much so the reader is forced to make up their own minds. A writer cannot be expected to describe each and every curve unless they are Davinci or a technical illustrator. Imagist psychologists and propositional psychologists agree that the mind generates its own imagery and will echo a person’s perceived world.
The book ‘The Lighthouse’ by Virginia Woolf, and many books by Frank Peretti, tries to guide the imagination and see what they see. Imaginations are perceptive and subjective so it is all a matter of opinion. But how much can an author actually guide a person without dictating what they should and shouldn’t see word for word, and without images?
The book ‘House of Leaves’ by Mark Z Danielewski is written in a way to describe the mood changes and scene changes in the book, but nothing much else. It is a guided reading text that is laid out in intricate ways and uses typographic designs to attempt to hijack the reader’s emotions and imagination.
The book is a horror book and tries to encapsulate this by not only giving the words a personified nature, but also attempting to confuse the reader. The reader has to not only read deeper and between the lines, but also has to attempt to make sense of it. The decryption is part of the entertainment in the book.