1. Yes, so many times, even though I often know what’s coming. What’s worse, though, is the enduring feeling of loss after a REALLY loved character dies, and you end up in denial and unwilling to read on…

  2. Do I weep for fictional characters? Not often, but I don’t often weep for real life tragedies, either. Still, life is too short to judge people about stuff like that.

    1. Hi Deby, I don’t think it’s so much about the ‘tears’ but about your ability to empathise with the character, and feel their losses and failings as if they are your own. I’m not a laugh-out-loud person, but that doesn’t mean I don’t find things funny!

  3. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wept for a fictional character. Then again, it doesn’t take much to turn on the water works, especially if someone dies. I turn into a sobbing mess.

  4. Oh my god. I’ve cried so many times for characters that don’t exist in real life but will always live in my heart. Many, many, times.
    My sister thinks I’m crazy XD

  5. Many, many, many times. Still mad at certain Authors who have killed off characters I really feel had earned a nice quiet retirement rather than brutal death. Sob.

  6. Absolutely. What is the point of writing ( or reading) if characters are not to become real and recognisable to the reader, and for the reader to relate to. I agree with whimsicalwerecat. Reading ( if the writer has managed to create truthful characters) develops empathy, and we feel a character in their pain like the pain of a friend
    Or, I suppose, if the reader identifies with the character more personally, their own pain.

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