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Do you ever feel the emotions characters in books are feeling?

Asked by rory (1392points) May 12th, 2014

Almost every time I’m reading a good book, I become so emotionally invested in the characters that I almost forget that I live in the real world. As a result, when people come up to try and talk to me, I always feel super jarred. Oftentimes after binge reading, I can’t figure out if I’m the one having the emotion, or it was derived from the character.

Does this happen to anyone else?

P.S. The book that is making me feel this way right now is called “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer. I highly recommend it!

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longgone's avatar

Yes. Pain, too. I don’t think reading fiction is a lot of fun if you don’t have the ability to empathize.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Of course. Everytime I read a book I have a feeling I am seeing the world through the characters’ eyes. So of course I can feel what they feel.

@longgone is right that without empathy reading isn’t fun. I also want to add that a good imagination also boost the fun.

zenvelo's avatar

Yes. That is what separates a good author from a great author, the ability to make your heart race in an exciting moment, to feel the ache of a missed love, the dread as the principal comes in the classroom to get you.

Stinley's avatar

Absolutely. Books make me feel emotions that I would not otherwise be experiencing. Like grief or falling in love. I have felt them and feel them again but in a controlled way. I think that books help you cope with new situations – if you have experience what a character has been through then if it happens to you, you have some knowledge of how to cope.

I liked “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”. I don’t often think this but the film was even better

Cruiser's avatar

Yes and why I like reading books more than watching movies.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I find myself talking and acting like them. I was Scarlett O’Hara for ever so long because that’s a long ass book!

Unbroken's avatar

Yep love escapism. But don’t read Anne Rice’s erotica.. quite awful. Thankfully I didn’t identify with any of the characters in the book.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Mmm. Wonder how I would have been acting had I read 50 Shades of Grey.

Unbroken's avatar

I was wondering the same thing @Dutchess_III Though I don’t think I will prioritize finding out.

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