After a long long time, I picked a book to read and fell in love all over again. I am reading Suketu Mehta's 'Maximum City' since the last 2-3 days. I am done with just 50 out of the 500 odd pages, that is about 10% of the book. I am not just in love with this book, but somehow the whole idea of 'reading' over 'watching' seems to grip me again.
Since morning I have been wondering what could probably make writing so much more connecting than a film. Surprisingly, I found the answer in my MBA, in MIS (Management Information Systems). The message should pass through minimum people to retain its true meaning. The writer writes a story, the director interprets it and tells it through the medium of actors. Actors being the thinking human beings they are (well at least the good ones), interpret every scene their way and present. Not to forget the prejudice and perceptions that the screenplay writer, the dialog writer and even the music director hold while they add their flavour to the original story.So what we watch is ultimately the amalgamation of all these hopefully unidirectional biases and thoughts. Thats what screws up the story in a film sometimes.
Reading, on the other hand, is direct communication between you (the reader) and the writer. The only weak link is the competence of the writer with language. There is no other 'person' involved in between that can alter the flavour of the story.
I hope you are getting me. :-)