Fictional characters and why we love them

Are you ready for a seriously rambly post? I hope so, cause my brain is foggy with a head cold but I have these thoughts and I need to get them out. I’m warning you now, this may not make sense.

Have you ever fallen in love with a fictional character? Have you ever called a character from a book your “book boyfriend?” Do only women do this? Or do men have “book girlfriends?”

You want to know why I want to know? One word, Stiles. Only the third fictional character I’ve ever “fallen in love with” (hubs if you’re reading this, not “in love” in love with, cause that would be weird and creepy) But, the character, man I love him. He’s goofy and sweet and loyal to a fault. He is the sole reason I got sucked into Teen Wolf this month as bad as I did. I wanted to see him get his HEA and boy did he.  (If you want to read about the spiral of teen wolf madness, it’s here. ) But like I said above, he’s not the first. It doesn’t happen often, I know some ladies who fall for new characters with every book or show they watch, but I’m picky about the characters that end up meaning that much to me. (Do I sound mentally unstable yet?)

Previously it was Captain Wentworth, my first and only “book boyfriend” and then it was a certain man who wore a leather jacket and liked to run. Yes, yes, The Doctor. (Also the only other tv show that obsessed me to the point where I ignored life to watch it all as fast as I could) But why? Why do we do this? Is it because we look for those characteristics that these fictional people have that we lack in the people in our real life? Is it because fiction really is better than real life? I seriously would love to understand why it works the way it does.

Because contrary to what the media sometimes likes to insinuate about women who talk about things like this, I have a lovely marriage. I don’t lack for romance at all. I don’t wish these characters were real so I could leave my hubs for them (I promise, babe).  I just……I just love the character. And I wish I could logically break down the why of it. Does that make sense?

Anywho……I told you it was going to be rambly… can’t say I didn’t warn you. And I’d love any input you, my lovely subscribers, have. Do you have a fictional character you love? Why?

 

**featured image was made at diylol.com and is a rip off of a much more popular meme I didn’t want to risk using

 

2 comments on “Fictional characters and why we love them

  1. I can relate. I fall in love with a lot of fictional characters. I am currently obsessed with Jon Snow. I’m sure his character smells like butt since he lived in a time where there is no shower, but boy if I could be Ygritte or Daenerys I would! Also, I love Don Draper. He’s so flawed. I love flawed characters. I think they’re amazing and real, and Don Draper would be the most horrible boyfriend ever, but gee do I lust for him. So I totally get it!

    1. eww yeah, Jon Snow probably would smell really bad. lol. I’m glad though that it’s not just me 🙂

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