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Relating To A Fictional Character

“I do believe that characters in novels belong to their writers and their readers pretty equally. I've learned a lot of things about the characters I write from people who read about them. Readers expand them in ways I don't think of and take them to places I can't go.”
Ann Brashares

We do not only read a good book, we consume everything about it . We take in the settings, get a feel for the situation, empathise with the happenings, dream of the story lines, and follow the characters with each and every breath.

Although the author writes the book, owns the story, creates the characters, the readers almost make them all their own. They breathe extra life into them, form their own opinions, and join on their journey through thick and thin. They become so involved with their favourite characters that they make them their own, they begin to relate and empathise with them, and eventually, they too own them just as much as the author, and in some ways, even more so.

Characters in a book become almost like real people. Their looks, personalities, their habits...everything about them. Authors attempt to make them as real as possible so that we can relate to them easier.

I have 'met' a number of characters in books which have stayed with me for one reason or another. Some, I relate to; I see myself in them, my hopes, my dreams, my actions. I see what I would like others to see in me; bravery, compassion, love. I relate them to people I know, I visualize them, I live with them, I know them.

Sometimes, characters jump out of the page and into our lives and stay with us forever, for one reason or another.

Have you come across any characters in book in which you have related to strongly in one form or another?

Everything in this post is my own. Quote by Ann Brashares

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arthurchappell wrote on January 16, 2015, 5:34 PM

oh yes, very much so - mainly Thomas Covenant in the Stephen Donaldson novels

Koalemos wrote on January 16, 2015, 6:30 PM

Since we create the images in our minds when reading a book, we no doubt have a slightly different character pictured than the author created. This makes that specific interpretation of the character peculiar to each reader.

zabelle51 wrote on January 16, 2015, 8:32 PM

Yes and in some cases you really want to know what happens next, they feel that real. I feel that way about Pride and Prejudice, the end leaves us wondering about the future. :)