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Okay, so I have many different fantasies about a particular series of books and I believe that the characters within them are alive. I can even call one a best friend and another a lover. I think that something big has to happen for them to 'come rescue' me. Stupid, right? Yeah, I really have to get over this.


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Comment by The1andonlyAbber on June 3, 2014 at 7:40pm
I used to daydream about a book series as well (I imagined that I was part of the next generation after the story took place). The series was a really good fantasy series--the Ranger's Apprentice books. Then I read Ender's Game and imagined that I was Petra (one of the characters). That was back when I had multiple daydreams. To this day Ender's Game and the Ranger's Apprentice books are some of my favorite books, and my daydream (now I just have 1 really deep and complex one instead of multiple minor ones) is influenced by them. My new character has a portal to the Ranger's Apprentice universe, and a character I made up who is a Ranger but not in the books still hangs out with me now and then. Also, my daydreams feature a lot of space battles and sci-fi elements. I've always loved sci-fi but didn't actually realize it until I read Ender's Game .
Comment by Harley on January 8, 2011 at 8:03pm
I do the very same thing often.  As Michael said, I need to be not only an audience member, but on the stage myself. I must ask, how often do you do this? I assure you it is NOT stupid or unusual, but it could become a problem for you if it takes over your life.
Comment by Michael Gibson on January 8, 2011 at 11:40am

Regarding books:  Some novels I've read have  been so compelling that I feel like I'm in the story myself, and want to add to the plot line .. some movies too (though with film it's ususally after the film is over).  I've long been under the impression that 'normal' people rarely feel this immersed in a good story. 

 I've had to train myself NOT to get carried away with my wanting to do this.  It's like 'just reading' a novel, or watching a film isn't good enough.  I don't want to be just an audience member, I want to be on stage myself.  

 What helps me stay focused on actual life is to see how my own life is a story in itself.

Also, considering  the  reasons  humanity has developed stories in the first place,  I see story-telling as a way to express the truth about ourselves in a safe setting, when acting on the truths we feel within may not be such a safe thing to do?  

Comment by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on January 6, 2011 at 8:30pm
That's not dumb and not unusual.  It's because your brain is creative that it can do this.  It's a strength.  It's just when you get addicted that it becomes a problem.

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