Do we control the stories or do they control us?
My current manuscript deals with reading and how we lose ourselves in the stories. Do you think as writers we have a tendency to do this more than the average person? To become so immersed in a story that for a while we forget who we are and our world seems so much less important than the one we are reading/writing about.
I am not ashamed to say that for a time...the most important question in my life was whether or not Harry would ever be able to defeat Voldemort. Then it became whether or not Bella would suck it up and make Edward bite her. I mean come on, she had the edge there, don’t you think?
Movies affect me the same way. I can't watch the last half hour of The Time Traveler’s Wife because I cannot stop crying. I don’t care if I accidentally pause on the cable channel and get a glimpse of it. It’s sad. And I feel like I know those people.
Is this strange to you? Or do you feel the same way when you read a really good book or watch a great movie?
Maybe I’m weird but I think a great story can weave a spell that pulls you in and makes you believe. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.