Salman Rushdie directed a film based on his novel Midnight's Children. He is quoted as being 'very proud of this film'. From what I could tell from the trailer, it looks as though the director has chosen to create a tale of social realism, laced heavily with moral message. It looks as though it cannot hope to convey the metaphorical complexities of the novel because even though it may dramatise them it cannot state them. This goes to the nub of why film differs from books: a writer can dictate to a much greater extent what the reader/viewer thinks and feels, how much he understands. A writer gets to impose his vision exactly, simply because he can elucidate it verbally.

     Film can only show, not say. But the moment an author 'says' anything, the work is dead.

              Note 7:

Why the Real 'Directors'

            are Writers


stories and things



leaving the text alone

Beckett and mysticism

why real directors are writers

Dr Seuss and Tom McCarthy

why the novelist's job is harder than God's

the thing about autobiographical fiction

how to write a successful novel

George Herbert and Judith McPherson

the value of not doing

thoughts on TLOD

don't judge a book

things I was thinking when writing TLOD

time, words, are the enemy

the master's voice


why I didn't want to write anymore

the value of not knowing

when do you give up on a book?


what makes a book great

divine fancy


time, identity and fiction