Pictures Aimed At Your Brain
By Dr. Insensitive Jerk
In 2038, twenty years from now, a novel without feelustrations will feel like a movie without music.
Feelustration is a subtle art, but the concept is brutally simple: Pictures in a novel should not literally depict the story.
|Image by Pixabay user pexels|
That's right. Pictures in a novel should not depict the events in the text.
A novelist creates a world. If his pictures duplicate his text, he is trying to flesh out his world by poking his dick in your mind's eye.
Instead of dictating visual details, feelustration makes reading more vivid, by activating the correct part of your brain, at the right moment. Feelustrations enhance the text; they don't replicate it.
Let's address the big objection early: Graphic novels are different. I love Sandman and Watchmen, but they don't have 100,000 words. If they did, the pictures would interfere with my own internal visualization.
For another perspective, a story can be said to have a body (the events) and a soul (their meaning.) Feelustration depicts only the soul, and leaves description of the body to the text.
For example, text describing a betrayal might be accompanied by a photo of a man holding a knife. In this case, it is important that the betrayal not involve a literal knife, or the picture will simply crowd out the reader's mental imagery. For the same reason, it might be advisable to obscure the knife-wielder's face.
Note that the literal picture (back stabbing) is a metaphor for the events in the story. The metaphor makes reading more vivid, by activating portions of the brain that deal with treachery.