Tuesday, July 29, 2014

You May Have Noticed That There Are No Pictures Here

In which J.R.R. Tolkien perfectly sums up my view on the use of art and graphic visualization in literature (and RPGs):
"However good in themselves, illustrations do little good to fairy-stories. The radical distinction between all art (including drama) that offers a visible presentation and true literature is that . . . literature works from mind to mind and is thus more progenitive. It is at once more universal and more poignantly particular."

No offense intended to the artists out there. The images in my head are just too cool to be conveyed as images.