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I have often wondered what it would be like if I had the opportunity to play out the life and scenarios of some of my favorite characters from different novels. And with Halloween coming up soon, I’m sure I’m not the only one daydreaming about how awesome it would be if I could dress up as one. So I would like to share with you a few of my top picks for characters who I would love to spend a day in the life of. Hopefully you’ll be willing to share some of yours!
- Trillian from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Space shenanigans and an occasional healthy dose of Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters? Who wouldn’t want to be Trillian for a day?
- Eowyn from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Two Towers- this tough-as-nails noble woman could make some of the roughest men look like kittens!
- Dr. Watson from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series – because I’d rather be the intrepid, loyal sidekick watching Sherlock in action than Sherlock himself!
We’ve all done it: become so immersed in a fascinating or exciting story that not only do we find it difficult to put that book down, but we find ourselves identifying quite a bit with one or more of the characters in the story. These are the reasons why we laugh, cry, feel remorse and sometimes even guilt when something happens to a character. This is why sometimes it’s necessary to put the book down for a moment to gather our courage when we think a character is about to do something frightening or dangerous. But do fictional characters hold the power to affect us in our daily lives?
Interestingly enough, recent research is able to prove that identifying with a fictional character can actually have an effect on our behavior in real life! Wow!