Why Readers can Relate to Your Characters
Writing is a beautiful adventure. Just like reading, it can take you places you didn't know existed outside of your dreams. For a long time, my outlet was reading a book or watching a movie to get lost in another world. Until one day, I decided to write my own story. It became a beautiful escape for me. There is something to be said about creating your own world, with your own characters, and your own adventures.
One of my favorite pieces to my story are my characters. I have put so much thought, time, and energy into them. They are real to me and I can say with sincerity that I love them. I appreciate their quirks, their flaws, their passion, their beauty, and their spirits.
Fictional characters are awesome because at some point we can usually relate to their struggle. They can also become our best friend. I know with my own characters there are times when I feel as though they understand me better than the real people around me every day.
I know I have said it before that I love series and especially Harry Potter. Well I began reading those books when I was 12 years old. I felt as though I took a journey with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. I watched as they grew, faced struggles, and managed to get through those struggles. I was there when they fought with one another, when they missed each other, fell in love, or acted like a fool. When the series had finally come to an end, it felt as though I was saying goodbye to my closest friends.
It can sound silly to some people. Yes characters from a book are not physically real, but that doesn't make them any less real in your heart. It is for that reason that fictional characters are so wonderful. It is judgement free with them and they are there for you during some of your darkest hours. I feel for those who are highly into the arts and creativity it can be rather difficult for our every day world to understand us, therefore we create these worlds with characters who can. Escapism is something we all do, we simply escape in different ways.