Have you ever obsessed over beloved book characters? I’m not talking about your own if you’re a writer. I’m talking about characters in books that you’ve read.
Do you think about them all the time? Engage in conversations with them in your head (or maybe out loud)? Do you imagine them in different scenarios, acting out different plot lines?Maybe this is how fanfic came about. Maybe it happens all the time and that’s why there is so much fanfic out there. People fall in love with certain characters and can’t let go of them. But fanfic usually involves TV or movie characters, not so much literary characters (correct me if I’m wrong). That would be very not kosher.This hasn’t happened to me often. Only about two or three times. It takes a truly engaging set of circumstances and great characters for me to get so invested in them. Sometimes I wish I knew them personally. Sometimes I wish I could be one of them. Sometimes I wish to be like them.From a writer’s perspective, what I think this often comes down to for me is that I wish I could create characters like those I’m falling in love with. Professional jealousy, I guess you could call it. I want to create characters that are just as real, just as three-dimensional, just as powerful to cause such a reaction to my own characters.As a writer, I get envious a lot of other people’s writing. I wish I could write description as vividly as this writer, or characters as real as that writer, or create a plot line that is as complex yet easy to follow as that other writer.Many writers probably go through that. But what about readers? From a reader’s perspective, what is that obsession about? If anyone has any thoughts on this, please share. It kind of freaks me out, man.