I was driving my family to a holiday by the sea. My six year-old wanted to hear Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so we listened to the audio book for most of the journey.
When we pulled up I switched off the engine and the story stopped. I told her: “It’s okay, we take the CD inside and listen to the rest.” I noticed she looked sad: “But inside it won’t have the pictures.”
It took me a couple of seconds to realise she meant the pictures she was seeing in her mind. She was so engrossed in the story that – just for a few seconds – she mistook her imagination for a film.
It’s funny because I’ve always thought that the best stories make movies in your mind.