Often times, I’ve read or seen fiction that takes all of the guesswork out of a story or theme, or a character. These are the books written in such a way as to force you to feel only one set of emotions, or to completely characterize a novel or movie.
If I were an actor, I’d hate to play a part where the writer has dictated exactly how I need to interpret a character, and in much the same way feel the reader is a contributor to a story—the character is drawn out, I have my own vision of what a character feels, but I do not want to impose only one way to feel under every situation. This is he difference between leading a reader,or a viewer, along a path and dictating every step.
I feel that the telling of a story should allow the reader a little wiggle room as to precisely what a character is feeling and thinking. Without this you aren’t left with the ability to make some of your own choices. In the same way, I tend to replace what is written inn books I read with my own dialog or interpretation, while staying within the bounds of the character’s core being. This leaves some readers wondering why the book isn’t written the way they’d like—telling them absolutely everything—but I think it gives more credi to the reader, as I like to be given credit when I read. I am a part of the story’s interpretation, just as the writer is, or the actor is.
Meanwhile, a book or film THEME is something only the author creates. However, these themes are often overlooked.
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