Originally Posted by RichRed
A great author has the ability to stoke the imagination, provoke thought, and conjure up a world with rich characters, whether fiction or nonfiction. When done properly, there's almost nothing that can be put on a screen to match the words and images that the author and the reader's imagination have conspired to create together. In my opinion, of course.
This is exactly why I believe people feel movies are never as good as the book though. Someone else has a different imagination than you do and then you feel the movie doesn't stand up to what you had built up in your mind that a character was like or the scene was like. If I read a book and you read the exact same book and we both made a movie about it, with no time constraints, our movies would be quite a bit different because your imagination and my imagination are going to build things differently.