White Spacing

You have a favorite book – one that deeply engages.  Perhaps you re-read it now and again for the pure pleasure of it.  Then you hear that the book is going to be made into a movie.  At this point, you likely groan in anticipatory despair.  They (whoever ‘they’ are) will never get it right.  They’ll have cheesy special effects, or cast some dismal pretty-face/box office darlings that aren’t at all how you pictured the major characters to be.  True that.

Stories are laid down in dark letters on a white page.  In the riveting reads, the white spaces between and around the dark text is where the colors, fragrances, heat and cold are brought by the reader to flesh out the words.  It’s called ‘white spacing’ and it is viscerally powerful and a whole boatload of fun.