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August 13, 2012

Identifying with a Book Character: Truth or Fiction?

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! :)