Reading Chat Monday: What Fictional Character Has Changed Your Life?
A couple of weeks ago, I read a blog post on Jezebel.com that poses the theory that the connection we have with fictional characters can change our lives.
Geoff Kaufman, a post-doctoral researcher at Dartmouth College, and his co-author Lisa Libby, from Ohio State University, suspected that as people read fiction they tend to live vicariously through their favorite character, which involves understanding the character’s emotions, thoughts, and beliefs. This process is called “experience-taking,” and the researchers found that it can lead to actual changes in the real lives of readers.
~“Do Your Favorite Book Characters Change Your Life?” by Cassie Murdoch
Which leads to our Reading Chat question for today:
Is there a fictional character that you’ve connected with on such a deep level that it’s changed you as a person?
Think specifically about a character not an author or a story.
This can mean that you changed the way you view or think about an issue—or even about God. It can mean that you’ve changed the way you do things. It can mean that it’s challenged you to be a better person. It can be major and life-altering changes, or it can be something as simple as picking up a hobby or habit—such as knitting or calling your grandmother every Sunday afternoon because a favorite character did that.
So . . . let’s chat!