I’ve been in Honolulu this past week with crime writers, and it’s been interesting how often politics has been the unspoken presence on a panel. Some of us are outright in our opinions, while others feel that they need to keep their opinions to themselves.
Whichever way you feel, there’s no doubt that books carry in their pages a lot of hidden truth–more so when the stories feel real. Strong characters let a reader walk in the shoes of people they wouldn’t have imagined they had anything in common with. The Guardian had an article about this recently, looking at how fictional characters become real to the reader.
Nineteen per cent of those respondents said the voices of fictional characters stayed with them even when they weren’t reading, influencing the style and tone of their thoughts – or even speaking to them directly. For some participants it was as if a character “had started to narrate my world”, while others heard characters talking, or imagined them reacting to things going on in everyday life.
So I’m wondering, just how influential fiction can be. Have you ever experienced a fictional character so real, he or she spilled over into your daily life? And if so, did something they did in the story change your mind, about a situation or a person?
Let us know, in the comments.