Still, Lewis himself had a love-hate relationship with Hollywood, says Terry Lindvall, who will teach a Christian theology and film course at the College of William & Mary this fall and is author of Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis. He believed there was death in the camera. Meaning, when you translate word to image, the imagination dies.From The wonderful world of 'Narnia' By Susan Wloszczyna, USA TODAY http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2005-05-02-narnia_x.htm (emphasis added)
In our image saturated world, is WORD better than IMAGE for imagination? I tend to agree for the well aquainted word smith can enter the mind much better than the creator of visuals. Perhaps we have gotten so poor with the written word that we cease to "see" how WORDS can bring beauty into the soul. From a Theological perspective, this would be expected - for the most beautiful one, the one from whom all beauty is derived, cannot be imaged at all. The eternal God, invisible, has descibed himself to us in a Word.
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple - Psalm 27:4
Gazing upon the unseen beautiful one...praying to see the unseen (2 Cor 4:18)