I'm writing a short essay about plays and movies. In movies, the audience experiences the literary text in a sensory way. When the audience reads the play, though, they experience it in what way?

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    It may be worth thinking about what actually happens when someone reads a book or a play. When I've had conversations about this in the past, everyone I've talked to has said that when they read, it conjures up images in their head; we don't imagine the words on the page, we experience the images that the words create. So in a sense, even when we read a story, we are still experiencing it at a sensory level, it's just a personal, internal, imaginary experience as opposed to an external sensory one. You create the sensory experience yourself while you were reading the words. Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 11:02

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There is 'literary'

E.g. "When the audience read the play, though, they experience it in a literary way"

literary - adjective

1 - pertaining to or of the nature of books and writings, especially those classed as literature : literary history.


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