Question: “Why do we get crushes on fictional characters?”

I have been writing romance novels for 20 years now, and I have frequently had readers tell me they “fell in love” with one of my characters. I fully understand that because I have unfailingly fallen in love with each of the heroes of my books.

It’s rare in life, I think, to meet a person of your dreams. I say “a” person and not”the” person because I think each of us could find complete happiness with a number of dissimilar people.

We are all flexible and we all have multiple facets. So I could be as completely happy with my superstar entertainer, Darryl Bridges*, in one scenario as I could with my country preacher, Tyler Barnett**, in another.

We all have imaginations to some degree or another; else there would be no movies other than documentaries. There would be no such thing as fiction in writing. Fiction is by definition a function of imagination.

When the author’s imagination taps deeply into that of the reader is a situation in which a person could fall in love with a fictional character.

*Darryl Bridges is the hero in my novel “All For Love.”
**Tyler Barnett is the hero in my novel “Follow Your Heart.”

About rmanees

Best selling novelist, antique shop owner, vocalist, disc jockey, actress
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